I have expressed disapproval of sb/sth and my professor has escalated the issue to the management stating behavioral issues.
I am writing a letter explaining what went wrong.
I want to state that the criticism was not harsh, not intended to malign sb.
What are the options, please ?
I suggest using
specifically to qualify your criticism.
Given that the administration/management will have heard the professor’s side of the story, you may get some credit for admitting it was criticism:
I specifically criticized ______, intending only to point out _________, not to in any way demean [your professor].
It’s hard to build a case for you without knowing the context, but I would try to use language which makes your argument positive. Some possible examples:
- I said this because I believed that teaching ______ instead of _______ would give the class a broader perspective.
- I hoped simply to suggest an improvement.
- I only wished the professor would consider ______ instead, because of my understanding that _______.
Another idea is to include concession relating to the quality or value of the class and/or your professor:
I would like to reiterate that [your professor]’s class has greatly benefited my understanding of ______ and I believe [your professor] does an excellent job of _________.
It might be best to begin with this sort of concession to set the tone.
Note: I apologize that, yes,
specifically is an adverb, not an adjective.