794 Homework debate


Fred and Todd debate whether students should do homework in university.

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Todd: Hello, Frederick.

Fred: Hi, Todd.

Todd: Frederick, we are talking about school and education and our topic now is homework. Do you think students in university should have lots of homework?

Fred: I think your question is very precise. I think students in university is different than students in high school or junior college. Now in university, you should be a responsible student. Now what I mean by being a responsible student is that the teacher doesn't have to tell you what you should do. You should know what you have to do, and so homework perhaps should not be something so important to you as a responsible student.

Todd: So, you are saying that students should study on their own.

Fred: They should.

Todd: And not be told what to study?

Fred: They should be told what to study, but they should not be told how they should study by giving them a framework of homework.

Todd: Alright, so for example if they are studying math they should be told what principles they need to learn but they shouldn't actually have to do a handout and turn it in every day.

Fred: No, because they know that at the end of the semester they will have and exam and if they haven't done what they were supposed to, well, I don't think they can pass that class.

Todd: As a teacher, I'm not so sure because you are a very motivated person and I think many students are motivated and disciplined like you but I have many students I think that just are not motivated and they won't do it unless I make them do it, like if I make them do it, then they might generate interest and they might improve but if I I don't make them hand in homework, if I don't tell them what to do, I don't think they'll study at all. They'll just party and have fun.

Fred: OK, I agree with you. There are certain students that need to be told what to do. There are people that have a hard time doing things by themselves. I agree with you, but perhaps this idea of homework, it just kind of comes out of high school or junior high school where the teacher tells you what to do, but in university it's different because assignment would be very important, so perhaps you would give the students and assignement every week but not homework every day and the assignment would count for a certain percentage and then that would give the incentive to the students to do it. If you don't give the students any incentive, then they will not be motivated.

Todd: That's a good point. I agree with you somewhat.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

a framework of homework

They should not be told how they should study by giving them a framework of homework.

A 'framework of homework' means that there is a defined schedule of home study and guidelines for how a student should be studying.

Notice the following:

  1. When you are at college, they do not give you a framework of homework.
  2. I need a framework of homework to make sure that I get everything done on time.

handout

They shouldn't actually have to do a handout and turn it in every day.

A 'handout' is a printed worksheet or a sheet of paper that contains information and is given to each student in the class.

Notice the following:

  1. The teacher asked me to give out the handouts today.
  2. Did we get any handouts at school today?

they'll just party and have fun

I don't think they'll study at all - they'll just party and have fun.

'They'll just party and have fun' means that they will put the emphasis on enjoying themselves, rather than studying.

Notice the following:

  1. I think they are really looking forward to going to college, as they think that they'll just party and have fun.
  2. Do you think they will actually get any serious work done, or do you think they'll just party and have fun?

incentive

The assignment would count for a certain percentage and then that would give the incentive to the students to do it.

An 'incentive' is something that encourages you to get something done.

Notice the following:

  1. I need an incentive to do my homework.
  2. Not failing my exams is a good enough incentive for me to study hard.

I agree with you somewhat

That's a good point, I agree with you somewhat.

'I agree with you somewhat' means that you partially have the same opinion as someone.

Notice the following:

  1. I agree with you somewhat, but I still think that I am right about the color of the curtains.
  2. She says that she agrees with me somewhat, but that are a few things that she still needs to discuss with me.

 

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
framework • handout • party
incentives • somewhat
  1. The company offers a number of to keep sales going.
  2. I am going to give you a that has all of the irregular verbs listed.
  3. This weekend you shouldn't think about your problems. You should just and have fun.
  4. I agree with you , but I don't think most students would see the situation like that.
  5. This is a college preparation course, so we don't really have a of homework.