Official 14 Task 2

University Should Allow Eating in Class

Currently, there is a university-wide policy that prohibits eating in the classroom. I disagree with this policy. I think students should be allowed to eat in class. This change would be good for two reasons. For one thing, if students were permitted to eat, they would be able to concentrate better, because students often get hungry during long classes, and hunger makes it difficult to concentrate. Also, if food were allowed in classrooms, it would be possible for us to have in-class parties on the last day of class—with snack foods and beverages—to celebrate the end of each semester.

Narrator: Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
Woman: Did you see this letter, Jim?
Man: Yeah.
Woman: Be kinda nice to be able to do that, huh?
Man: No, actually I don't think it's a good idea.
Woman: Why not?
Man: Well, like the part about how it would help students concentrate.
I mean maybe a little snack will help the person who's eating it.
But the trouble is that it makes it hard for everyone else to concentrate
coz they have to listen to someone munching on chips or biting into an apple or crinkling paper wrappers.
Woman: I guess it can be kinda disruptive.
Man: Yeah, it would interfere with everyone's concentration.
You wouldn't be able to pay attention with all the noises going on.
Woman: OK. I guess I have to agree with you on that.
But what about her other reason?
It would be nice to be able to have some fun at the end of the semester, right?
Man: No, there is a problem with that too.
Woman: Why?
Man: Well, I don't think it's appropriate to use class time for that kind of thing.
I mean, last classes are usually pretty important.
That's when we will do a lot reviewing for final exams.
Woman: True.
Man: If we use that time for that,
we probably wouldn't have time to do as much reviewing,
which means we wouldn't be as well prepared for exams.
Woman: Yeah, I hadn't thought of that.
The man expresses his opinion about the proposal in the newspaper. Briefly summarize the proposal, then state the man’s opinion and explain the reasons he gives for holding that opinion.