4 years ago
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Should I get an english recommendation to offset a bad foreign language score?

I moved away from my home country around age 3 and learned in a country where English was the main teaching language for 11 years. I moved back just before starting high school but my grades in my national language are horrible. I took beginner classes in freshman and sophomore year and barely got c's. But I had to take normal classes in junior year and I got an F which dropped my GPA from a 3.96 to a 3.48! I'm considering getting my English teacher to write a recommendation in place of the spot some colleges use for social science teachers or others because I did really exceptionally in English class compared to my peers. But would that really make a difference?

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4 years ago

Depending on the major if it is anything English based definitely and if your major is in STEM I’d say yes. If it is a humanizes major in Social Studies. Also what is your relationship with the English teacher if you are part of his/her club definitely but if you have a stellar relationship with a history teacher and a so so relationship with your English teacher I’d advise against it.

I saw on a article a admissions dean said his biggest pet peeve was like warm rec letters.

So make of that what you will but I’d recommend the English teacher.

Hope this helps and comment if you need clarification.

4 years ago

You have an interesting story to write directly or indirectly in an essay, and I would suggest you do that. Couple this with a recommendation from your english professor and ideally a good score in ACT/SAT. Finally, if you want to study engineering then your local language grades will be less important than if you want to study linguistics. Good luck !

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