University Announces Change in Campus Tour Guides
Traditionally,staff members from the admissions office have led the campus tours for secondary-school students who are considering attending the university. Beginningnext semester, however, current students will lead these guided walks around the campus instead. “The staff of the admissions office no longer have time to lead the campus tours. We need to focus our resources on our other responsibilities,” explain Christine Tanner, the director of admissions.“Furthermore, we feel that current students will offer unique and valuable insight to our visitors during these campus tours.”
Now listen to two students discussing the article.
(man) So, what do you think of this?
(woman) Well, I think it’s a good idea, necessary, too.
(man) Why is that?
(woman) Well, you know, I’ve actually been up to the admissions office a couple of times, like, to pick up some information for a friend, you know, and every time I’ve ever been there, wow, you can tell they’re really busy.
(man) Oh, really.
(woman) Yeah, those staff members are running around like crazy, on the phone, doing interviews, dealing with tons of paper work, so I can totally believe what they are saying about the time factor, seems like having one less thing to worry about will be a good thing.
(man) Sounds like it.
(woman) Yep, oh, and about the other point,
(man) The, uh, the different perspective thing?
(woman) Uh hum, I think people like us will be really good at this. Unlike, you know, I remember when I was first shown around the campus, the guide leading was, well, he was super nice, but there were some questions that he couldn’t really answer from experience.
(man) Like what?
(woman) Well, practical things, which are the noisier dorms? Or which ones are quietest? Which student cafeteria would he recommend? Stuff he didn't have first-hand knowledge about, I mean, how could he?
(man) I see. Our point of view might be more helpful.
The woman expresses her opinion about the university’s plan. Briefly summarize the plan.Then state her opinion about the plan and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.
The university decides tolet current students lead the campus tours for second-school students becausethe staff of the admissions office have not enough time and the currentstudents can offer an unique and valuable insight to the visitors. The woman inthe conversation thinks it’s a good idea. Firstly, she went to admission officeseveral times. Every time she went there, the staff were very busy, running around like crazy, handling tons of paperwork, doing interviews and receivingphone calls. Secondly, she thinks current students will be really good at this.Unlike the staff, current students can answer questions concerning practicalthings such as which dorm is nosier, which dorm is the quietest and which cafeteria is recommendable. Their point of view will be very helpful.
According to the reading, the university plans to let current students lead the guided walks around the campus instead of the staff from admission office, because the staff have no time and students can offer valuable advice. Then in the dialogue, the woman agrees for the following reasons. Firstly, she has been to the admission office. The staff members were talking on the phones, doing interviews, they were really busy. Secondly, students offer insight based on their first-hand experience. They can answer questions such as, which is the noisiest dormitory and which cafeteria to recommend to those incoming students.