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Argument51Secondly, the proposal unfairly assumes that the recent enrollment and application declinewas caused by poor teaching and inadequate library resources. It is equally possible thatall colleges, regardless of teaching quality and library resources, have experienced similardeclines. These declines may have been due to unrelated factors, such as unfavorableeconomic conditions, or an increase in high-paying computer jobs not requiring a collegeeducation.Thirdly, the author provides no support for the claim that students are dissatisfied with theteaching and library resources at Fern Valley. It is possible that the claim is based onhearsayor on scant anecdotal evidence. Without more information about the basis of theclaim, we cannot be sure that the financial-planning office is addressing the real problems.In conclusion, the advice of the financial planning office is not well supported. Tostrengthen the argument, the planning office must provide evidence that students aredissatisfied with the range of subjects and with the library’s size, and that thisdissatisfaction is the cause of the recent decline in enrollment and the number ofadmission applications. To better assess the argument as it stands, we would need to knowwhether the students’ attitudes were measured in a reliable, scientific manner.36. The following appeared in an article in a college departmental newsletter“Professor Taylor of Jones University is promoting a model of foreign languageinstruction in which students receive ten weeks of intensive training, then goabroad to live with families for ten weeks. The superiority of the model, ProfessorTaylor contends, is proved by the results of a study in which foreign languagetests given to students at 25 other colleges show that first-year foreign languagestudents at Jones speak more fluently after only ten to twenty weeks in theprogram than do nine out of ten foreign language majors elsewhere at the time oftheir graduation.”Discuss how well reasoned... etc.This newsletter article claims that Professor Taylor’s foreign-language program at JonesUniversity is amodelof foreign language instruction. This conclusion is based on a study inwhich foreign language tests were given to students at 25 other universities. The studyshows that first-year language students at Jones speak more fluently after just 10 to 20weeks in the program than do 90 percent of foreign-language majors at other collegesatgraduation. Despite these impressive statistics, I am unconvinced by this argument for tworeasons.To begin with, the assumption here is that students from Professor Taylor’s program havelearned more than foreign language students at other universities. However, we are notgiven enough information about the study to be sure that this comparison is reliable. Forexample, the article does not tell us whether the foreign language students at Jones weregiven the tests; it only reports that the tests in question were “given to students at 25

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