A week ago, I posted this status on both my Facebook and my Twitter:
the standard of english among many students in this campus is laughably bad. more so when they put up websites/blogs for the public to read.
In the days since then, I have been receiving a number of “gentle nudges” from certain people informing me that I’ve tarnished the university’s reputation by doing so. Better still, some of these individuals have taken my statement personally as if I had insulted them by name!
My beef is not with those of you who maintain personal blogs. As far as I’m concerned, your blog is your blog, and I have no say in what language you should be using to post your thoughts and daily ramblings. If anything, mixing two or more languages on your blog seems to better convey a friendlier, more personal tone to readers.
No, my problem is with those clubs and events within UTP that have their own blogs or websites. Usually, these are meant to keep students posted on the latest developments and happenings. However, if you intend to create a blog or website for this purpose, then, by all means, do get someone check on your basics, like spelling, vocabulary and grammar.
For me, I find it really is an embarrassment to see a high-quality, professionally designed website with awesome graphics and impeccable CSS marred by the fact that the English used in its pages are simply horrendous.
You want to talk about tarnishing the university’s reputation? I can think of no better way than to showcase poor English skills on some of our most prominent club / event websites and blogs, especially when these are the public face of our university! It is simply appalling that students of our level of education are unable to grasp the basics of English communication. We had better buck up if we want to prevent ourselves from becoming a laughing stock among local universities!