Thursday, August 09, 2012

Another in a series about students' netiquette

Some students don't know how to email politely. Others go overboard.

At the start of a new semester, a new student wrote to me and signed off like this:

Waiting for your positive reply.
Thanking you,
Yours obediently
... His Name

Anyway, that was in early August 2011. (And when I posted this on facebook, I got 30 likes, mostly from former students who have never written like those words.) Let's see if two months have spoiled this student. In a recent email, he wrote:

Respected sir,
Thank you very much. ETC.
Your faithfully,
His Name

Some students, I suppose, will never, ever change.

Fast forward to the summer. I'm gone, he's gone, but he just wrote to me about his AP English score. He got a 5. He is happy. And grateful. And he signed off with:

Waiting for your reply.
Your obediently,