Official 47 Task 2

Professor Evaluations

The university requires students to complete written evaluations of their professors at the end of each course taught during the semester. But the current system is private, since only the professors actually read the evaluations once the students submit them. I suggest that the university publish these evaluations online for everyone to read Both professors and students would benefit from having these evaluations published. Professors would feel more motivated to improve their teaching if they knew that their course evaluations were publicly available to all students. In addition, prospective students could read the evaluations and make more informed decisions about which classes they want to take.

Chris Jacobs

Narrator: Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
Man: Did you see this?
Woman: Yeah, but I don't think it'll work.
Man: Why not?
Woman: Well, I don't think professors would be too happy to have their teaching style publicly criticized,
Besides, they might not even bother reading the online evaluations if they think there will be negative criticism in them.
Man: You really think that will happen?
Woman: Sure. And so the professor's won't take them seriously or be influenced in any way.
Nothing's going to change.
Man: OK, but at least students who might take their courses in the future would read them.
Woman: That's true.
But students who write the evaluations usually do it on the last day of class,
and they're all in a hurry to leave.
They don't want to bother spending much time on them,
so they don't say anything specific or helpful about the professor or the course.
Man: I see what you mean.
Woman: So this whole idea may not work at all.

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