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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Letters to the editor: uncut”
Mar. 23, 2007

To the Editor:
Did it ever occur to The Gazette staff that at least one student attending this university might speak something other than English as their first language? I realize it’s shocking someone might attend a university like this from outside our 401-corridor-centric world, so well done poking holes and picking apart a best attempt to write to your newspaper in your first language. It’ll be great when they can go back to wherever they ventured from and talk about how understanding and open-minded we are.

I have been an English-as-second-language teacher for two years in Europe and Asia and can say with definite certainty the author of the “microwave” letter doesn’t use English as their first language. The Gazette (and our community) should be more understanding of the diversity on campus and become more tolerant and open.

After spending the past two years abroad, I found our North American culture leaves us unwilling to deal with anyone who hasn’t mastered the English language. This egocentric view is very intimidating to those who struggle to learn English and I feel your comment about Ms. Hua’s poor use of English will only further this stigma instead of welcoming her into the Western community with a legitimate concern like not being able to use a student facility to prepare a meal.

In a strange twist of irony, what perhaps eluded our oh-so-clever campus newspaper staff is that, most likely, Ms. Hua’s attempt at writing a letter in English as her second language outdoes The Gazette’s own often unknowing use of its official second language: gibberish.
"Mark Weir
Health and Rehabilitation Science I

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