1. Some people think that the increasing use of computers and mobile phones for communication has had a negative effect on young people’s reading and writing skills. Do you agree or disagree?
Some educators have warned that the prevalence of mobile phones and the internet has a negative effect on adolescents’ academic ability. I agree with this view.
Firstly, the wide use of “Internet English” is regarded as the culprit of the declining writing skills. One obvious reason is that young adults may make some grammatical mistakes unconsciously because of the frequent use of improper abbreviations and punctuation on mobile devices, and this might pose a threat to their future career where a professional writing ability is required in most companies. Therefore, many linguists have expressed their concerns that the instant messaging and chatting on mobile phones might harm the ability of using formal written English.
Secondly, the poor reading proficiency can be put down to the frequent use of technologies as well. Compared to the older generation, young people today are cluttered with different gadgets like iPad and iPhone. For instance, with easy access to WIFI, they can surf the internet anywhere and anytime to follow the latest information of their idols in another country. However, most social networks deliver fragment and useless information, which not only steals time away from solitary reading but also undermine the ability to think independently. In my opinion, this phenomenon should be reversed as soon as possible because reading has a profound effect on a nation’s future.
In conclusion, while these electronic devices make the communication much more convenient, I am in the camp that they might affect young people’s academic performance negatively.
2. Although more and more people read news on the internet, newspapers will remain the most important source of news. Do you agree or disagree?
Some people claim that an increasing number of people obtain updated information online. However, traditional printed news still serve a key role among individuals. I partly agree with their opinion.
There is no denying that more people resort to emerging media for news because of their transmission efficiency. As the availability of Internet devices have boosted the popularity of online news, people can read the news on different gadgets and mobile devices without geographical restrictions. Compared to this, buying and reading a printed newspaper would be inconvenient. Hence, online press, helps news seekers all over the globe access local news as well as international news published by a variety of internationally acclaimed newspapers including BBC, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Such availability of online information far outweighs that of printed news.
Nonetheless, newspapers continuously play a significant role in disseminating news, especially in places where electricity and internet connection are not stable. Printed newspapers have long existed even before technological advancement arrived and not anyone has access to other forms of media so they resort to printed publications. For example, there are civil wars and starvation in the Middle East and Africa and most infrastructures are destroyed in such places. Therefore, people who live there are unlikely to use the internet to acquire the latest news. However, people who live in such regions are less than those who are in peaceful areas, so majority of people have access to internet even in many developing countries.
In conclusion, despite the fact that printed newspapers are still important, I support that more people read news on other new media rather than on printed papers.
3. Interview is the basic form of selecting procedure for most large companies. Some people think it is unreliable and there are some other better methods. Discuss and give your own opinion.
When it comes to the issue about whether interviews are beneficial for companies to select qualified job hunters, some people argue that enterprises should fully utilize interviews during recruitment, but I propose that there are still other options for enterprises.
Initially, choosing examinations to filter potential job seekers, companies could keep its efficiency of recruitment. It seems that interviews could better assist human resource managers (HR managers) to know their potential staffs. But in fact, this method really consumes too much time and energy because HR managers and employers need to talk with interviewees person by person. However, using examinations, whether on paper or online, enterprises could choose the best ones in a short time, which really saves time and energy for a company.
Furthermore, recommendation from colleagues could also function to facilitate choosing employees. When seeking proper people for advanced positions, companies need to take some risks if they just make their decision through interviews. However, if their own employees recommend some friends who have abundant working experience, those candidates should be given more credits and priorities because in common sense employees will not do harm to their own corporations and the candidates favored by insiders usually turn out to be more trustworthy.
Admittedly, some opponents may argue that interviews allow HR managers to touch candidates face-to-face, which brings benefits towards a correct decision-making. However, they are overoptimistic about this idea. It is true that face-to-face communication serves to learn a person better, but the fact is that an interview may just last for several minutes. Through such a short time, a person cannot be judged or evaluated fully. In addition, HR managers also have their own preference and it cannot be guaranteed that every job seeker could be treated equally. Thus, this seeming merit of interviews is actually rather limited because of personal emotions.
In sum, examinations and recommendation from insiders may better contribute to hiring qualified staffs for corporations while interviews may be biased and making companies lose potentially talented staffs in some conditions.