International Educational Advising Center
Центр Міжнародних Обмінів в Галузях Освіти та Науки
American Councils *DOS-ECA/PAS*
vul. Melnykova 63, Kyiv – 04050
SAMPLES OF WEAK LETTERS OF
Tel.: (044) 483-25-32 / 483-91-38
Fax: (044) 482-02-20 RECOMMENDATION
1. NAME was one of my students for three years. During that time he has showed food progress
in studies of economics and financial system of Ukraine in particular. He also has written good
article on the financial system of the State owned enterprises. He has good manners, thinks and
speaks logically, he never had any problems I attendance of to my lectures and in passing
To many generalizations and ideas in one paragraph. No justification of opinions.
2. NAME has worked as an engineer in Research and Project Institute. He had shown himself as a
good specialist of mathematics application to oil and gas industry. He has an invention in field
of industrial equipment. In addition to this he is a reliable friend and careful person.
No justification of: good specialist of mathematics, reliable friend or careful person.
3. I have known NAME since 1985. She had often executed jobs for our firm, always in time and
at a high professional level. NAME is a fair-minded person. It is pleasant to have to deal with
No justification of: high professional level, fair-minded person. Why is it pleasant to
deal with her? What kind of jobs did she execute?
4. I know NAME for 3 years. It had been a young fellow with serious intentions when I saw him
for the first time. And my first impressions were well founded. Concerning him, I am a father
of his friend. NAME has all abilities for the studying of foreign languages. I think he will
finish the University very well.
Is this the right person to be writing a letter of recommendation? Can someone with
such English comment on this persons studying of foreign language? No justification
of: serious intentions or finish University well. No logic in thought.
5. NAME worked from September to March for the international company NEW as a Marketing
Consultant. During working period she demonstrated enthusiastic individual qualities with
pioneering spirit and self motivation.
No justification of qualities. Generally bad English and use of qualities that “sound”