Official 26 Task 2

Advisor Meetings Should No Longer Be Required

At present, students are required to meet with their academic advisors before the beginning of every semester. The advisors help students select courses and advise them on graduation requirements. However, I don’t see the point of required meetings, since the necessary information about the courses is already available on the university’s website, which all students have access to. In addition, eliminating meetings with advisors would ease the difficulty that students often have in finding a time to schedule a meeting when both they and their advisors are free.


Amy Williams

Narrator: Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
Man: Did you see this letter?
Woman: Yeah, Why?
Man: Well, I don't agree.
It's definitely not the same thing to just go on the university's website.
Woman: You don't think so?
Man: No. I mean, sure, the basic information is there,
but that's not all the advisers help you with.
Sometimes there are different ways you can meet a requirement for graduation, like different classes you can take.
And if you talk to someone,
they can help you figure it out.
Woman: And you can't get that from just reading what's on the website.
Man: Right. Advisers have a lot of extra information,
so they make it easier for you to see what your choices are.
Woman: I see what you mean.
Man: And as for scheduling meetings,
I've never had that kind of trouble.
Woman: Me Neither.
Man: So anyone who does have problems must be waiting until the last minute to set something up.
Woman: That's possible.
Man: I mean, the thing is,
if you call or go to the office early enough to set up an appointment, schedules are open.
It's just if you wait till the last possible day,
it'll be harder, 'cause they already have lots of students scheduled then.

The man expresses his opinion about the proposal in the letter. Briefly summarize the proposal. Then state his opinion and explain the reasons he gives for holding that opinion.