- 2018年01月22日17:08 来源：小站整理
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Sculpture Courses to be Discontinued
University administrators announced yesterday that the sculpture program, a division of the art department, will be eliminated. “The main reason is a lack of student interest,” reported one administrator. “Although the number of art students has increased, fewer and fewer art majors are taking sculpture classes.” Furthermore, the department’s only sculpture professor is retiring this year. “Given the art department’s limited budget, the administrator explained, “it just doesn’t make sense to hire a new full-time professor to teacher sculpture for only a handful of students.”
Now listen to two students discussing the article.
(man) Every thing all right?
(woman) Yeah, I’m just upset about that article I showed you this morning.
(man) Why? What’s the big deal?
(woman) Well, as an art major, I think it’s a big loss for the department. The university’s got it all wrong.
(man) What do you mean?
(woman) Well, the low enrollment isn’t because art majors don’t want to take these classes, problem is who has time to take them when there are so many other requirements?
(man) I don’t understand.
(woman) See, the classes they’re eliminating are all optional. The required courses are mostly painting and drawing, and they take up all our time. What we really need are different requirements. Then art majors could take a better variety of classes, all the things we’re interested in.
(man) That makes sense. But the thing about the professor…
(woman) Well, that’s true. But still, they’re being drastic. If money is the problem, they could hire a part-time professor. Or most of the professors in the department have secondary fields.
(woman) Yeah! At least a few painting teachers are also great sculptors. I’m sure one of them could teach the class.
The woman expresses her opinion of the university’s plan. State her opinion and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.
The university is planning to discontinue the sculpture course because students lack interest in it and the department’s only professor is retiring. The woman in the conversation thinks the university has got it all wrong. The low enrollment in the sculpture course is not due to students’ lack of interest but to students’ lack of time. Sculpture course is optional. The required courses such as painting and drawing take much of the students’ time. Besides, the woman thinks the university can hire a part-time teacher to teach sculpture course. There are many professors who have secondary fields. For instance, many painting teachers are also good sculptors. The woman is sure that these professors can teach the sculpture course.