Official 35 Task 2

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. I think our university should also 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 any difficulties or additional obligations for professors, because these students wouldn’t take tests or write papers that need to be graded.

Samuel Stuart

Narrator: Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
Man: Did you see this letter? Molly?
Woman: Yeah, but I 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 and assignments.
Whereas people who aren't, they might not be as well prepared,
and that would affect the quality of the class discussion.
Man: You mean the discussions wouldn't be at a very high level?
Woman: Right. Because people who aren't taking the class for a grade would be asking really basic questions.
There'll be slowing down the class discussion by taking time to discuss basic stuff that was already covered in the reading assignments.
Man: That's good point. I can see how that might happen.
Woman: Plus, he's wrong about the work it requires for the professor.
Man: But it's true the professor doesn't have to grade anything.
Woman: Sure, but there are lots of other little things that can add up to more work,
like they'd have to prepare extra handouts for the class,
learn extra names, and, well,
possibly stay after class to answer those students' questions.
Man: Yeah, I guess that's all extra work.
Woman: Absolutely. All these little things add up, and require the professor's attention.
The woman expresses her opinion about the letter writer's proposal. Briefly summarize the proposal. Then state her opinion about the proposal and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.