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tpo-35 - Speaking - question3
Question 3 of 6


The woman expresses her opinion about the proposal in the letter. Briefly summarize the proposal. Then state her opinion about the proposal and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion 


University Should Allow Students to Audit Classes

Many universities allow students to audit classes. That is, students may attend lectures and discussions for a particular class without completing the assignments, receiving a grade, or earning credit for the class. l think our university should allow this. Auditing classes would be good for interested students, since they would be able to learn more and experience a variety of different classes that they would not otherwise be able to take. Furthermore, it shouldn't create ant difficulties or additional obligations for professors, because these students wouldn't take tests or white papers that need to be graded.


Man: Did you see this letter Molly?
Woman: Yeah, but l don't agree with him.
Man: Why not?
Woman: Well it might have some educational benefit for the people doing it, but overall for the other students who are actually taking the classes, it wouldn't be good.
Man: How come?
Woman: Because anyone who is taking the class for a grade, for credit, puts in a lot of time preparing for it, doing the reading an assignments; whereas people who aren't, they might not be as well prepared. And that would have affected the quality of class discussion.
Man: You mean the discussions wouldn't be on very high level?
Woman: Right. Because people who aren't taking the class for a grade would be asking really basic questions. They'll be slowing down the class discussion by taking time to discuss basic stuff that is already covered in reading assignments.
Man: That's a good point. l can see how that might happen.
Man: But it's true that the professor doesn't need to grade anything.
Woman: Sure, but there are a lot of other little things that can add up to more work. Like they have to prepare for extra handouts for the class, learn extra names, and, well, possibly stay after class to answer those students' questions.
Man: Yeah, l guess that's extra work.
Woman: Absolutely. All these little things add up and require the professor's attention

The letter supposes that students should be allowed to audit class. lt also gives two reasons:one reason is it can help interested students to learn more and enrich their experience; the other reason is because auditing students are not asked to take exams or be graded, so it will add no workload to professors. However, the woman disagrees with this proposal. She thinks accepting auditing students will be bad for students who are taking this class because auditing students won't spend enough time to prepare before class and thus will affect the quality of class discussion. The second reason given by her is although it seems that little workload will be added, in fact professors will still need to memorize extra names and need to answer the questions from auditing students. So it also requires professor's lots of attention.

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