Official 10 Task 2

Student Art Display

The university is currently considering possible locations on campus for displaying paintings and other artwork by students. I think the lobby at the entrance to the student center would be a great location. Since many students pass through the student center every day, artwork displayed in the lobby would be viewed by hundreds of people. Also, because the whole front of the building is made of glass windows, the lobby is filled with natural light. This makes it perfect for displaying artwork, which should have plenty of light to be seen and appreciated.


Narrator: Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
Man: Mary, you're an art student.
What do you think of this letter?
Woman: I don't like the idea.
Man: Why not?
Woman: Well, first of all,
his first point about a lot people passing through the student center,
that's true, but...
Man: But?
Woman: But it's always really crowded with people coming and going.
It's not good for showing artwork.
Imagine you are standing there, trying to look at a painting.
There's gonna be like a million people walking through,
people walking in front of you, blocking your view, distracting you.
Man: Hm...yeah... hadn't thought of that.
Woman: You won't be able to appreciate the artwork,
or get a good look at anything with so much going on,
with so many people moving around.
Man: Yeah, I see what you mean.
Woman: Plus, he's wrong about the windows.
Man: But isn't it true that it's good for art to have lots of light?
Woman: In a sense, yeah, but that kind of light, all that natural light from windows?
That's actually not good because if it's really sunny out, it'll be way too bright.
If it's cloudy, it'll be way too dark.
Man: Oh!
Woman: What you want is controlled light, consistent light, the kind you get from electric light bulbs.
Think about in an art museum.
In an art museum, you've got electric lighting, and the light is always carefully controlled,
always at the same level.

Briefly summarize the proposal in the student's letter. Then state the woman's opinion about the proposal and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.