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# AWA - “Professor Taylor of Jones University is promoting a model of fo

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18 Feb 2018, 01:25
The following appeared in an article in a college departmental newsletter:

“Professor Taylor of Jones University is promoting a model of foreign language instruction in which students receive 10 weeks of intensive training, then go abroad to live with families for 10 weeks. The superiority of the model, Professor Taylor contends, is proved by the results of a study in which foreign language tests given to students at 25 other colleges show that first-year foreign language students at Jones speak more fluently after only 10 to 20 weeks in the program than do nine out of 10 foreign language majors elsewhere at the time of their graduation.”

The article states that Professor Taylor at Jones University is promoting a model of foreign language instruction where students will spend 10 weeks of intensive training and go abroad and live with families for 10 weeks. This methodology of teaching has shown better results than any other colleges however the article is unconvincing and the argument is built on weak assumptions. Although the article looks affirmative, author has failed to provide substantial information to support his position.

Firstly, argument suggests that Jones University is providing a model of foreign language instruction where students are given intensive 10 weeks training before sending them abroad to live with families in order to work on that language on a daily basis. Author has failed to consider certain factors that make a course or major superior to others. For example, ten weeks intensive training might be sufficient for a student who is good at grasping the language quickly but on the other hand this is not an effective program for students who are weak in picking up languages. Therefore argument should provide comparison on various foreign language-teaching models available in the city and highlight the significance of this teaching model.

Secondly, author claims that students who had undergone this training method picked up the language much faster compared to others however the claim is flawed because it relies only on a test score. A test score cannot decide the proficiency of a student while speaking especially when the objective is to become fluent in speaking and not to excel at writing that language. Besides that, argument does not provide any evidence of test results that would help to at least to make a comparison. Absence of these factors makes the argument vague and incomplete.

Thirdly, based on the thread of the argument, it is understood that the program is having a different structure from the rest like sending students abroad and minimized classroom coaching. Due to these changes in structure, it’s highly possible that tuition fees and related academic fees will be comparatively higher and this would adversely affect to attract students who are budget focused.

To conclude, the argument is not logical and author did not provide supportive evidences to prove his position. In order to make the argument valid, all the above-mentioned points should be considered to support his premise.
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21 Feb 2018, 09:17
ArjunJag1328 wrote:
The following appeared in an article in a college departmental newsletter:

“Professor Taylor of Jones University is promoting a model of foreign language instruction in which students receive 10 weeks of intensive training, then go abroad to live with families for 10 weeks. The superiority of the model, Professor Taylor contends, is proved by the results of a study in which foreign language tests given to students at 25 other colleges show that first-year foreign language students at Jones speak more fluently after only 10 to 20 weeks in the program than do nine out of 10 foreign language majors elsewhere at the time of their graduation.”

The article states that Professor Taylor at Jones University is promoting a model of foreign language instruction where students will spend 10 weeks of intensive training and go abroad and live with families for 10 weeks. This methodology of teaching has shown better results than any other colleges however the article is unconvincing and the argument is built on weak assumptions. Although the article looks affirmative, author has failed to provide substantial information to support his position.

Firstly, argument suggests that Jones University is providing a model of foreign language instruction where students are given intensive 10 weeks training before sending them abroad to live with families in order to work on that language on a daily basis. Author has failed to consider certain factors that make a course or major superior to others. For example, ten weeks intensive training might be sufficient for a student who is good at grasping the language quickly but on the other hand this is not an effective program for students who are weak in picking up languages. Therefore argument should provide comparison on various foreign language-teaching models available in the city and highlight the significance of this teaching model.

Secondly, author claims that students who had undergone this training method picked up the language much faster compared to others however the claim is flawed because it relies only on a test score. A test score cannot decide the proficiency of a student while speaking especially when the objective is to become fluent in speaking and not to excel at writing that language. Besides that, argument does not provide any evidence of test results that would help to at least to make a comparison. Absence of these factors makes the argument vague and incomplete.

Thirdly, based on the thread of the argument, it is understood that the program is having a different structure from the rest like sending students abroad and minimized classroom coaching. Due to these changes in structure, it’s highly possible that tuition fees and related academic fees will be comparatively higher and this would adversely affect to attract students who are budget focused.

To conclude, the argument is not logical and author did not provide supportive evidences to prove his position. In order to make the argument valid, all the above-mentioned points should be considered to support his premise.

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