You are going to learn about using past modals in conditionals when you speak, catenation, and elision, and preparing and asking questions.
- What changes are being discussed?
- Why does the management want them?
- Who is running the discussion: a lecturer, a member of the management team, or a student?
As you know, the college is proposing some major changes in the coming year. We’re here today to discuss one of these — that is, changes to the courses offered by the college. The college has always offered the more traditional courses in language, business, and math. However, the thinking now is to move to more up-to-date, 21st century courses. You’ve all read the information about these changes, so let’s start the ball rolling.. First question, please.
I have one — a fairly basic one…What exactly is the college planning to change?
Well, the idea is to offer courses that will appeal to employers and students alike. And remember, students are changing…..you and I are already “old.” To plan for future changes, we need to consider our younger brothers and sisters. What will they want to study? What jobs will they do in the future? The college has done that before. Just think, we would never have had our amazing technology courses if the college had focused on the present and the past. But we need to remember, change, by definition, never stops. these courses are already outdated.
So, can you give us some examples of specific courses the college wants to offer?
At this early stage, there is no list. The management wants to go through a period of consultation, with each party involved sharing their thoughts in an open and positive way. So these “parties” are obviously us, the students, but also the lecturers, the local employers, and even schools and, as I mentioned, the younger generation. However, the management doesn’t want to restrict the discussion by always being involved. They learned that lesson from the discussions about changing college schedules. They acknowledge they shouldn’t have tried to control the agenda. The whole process would have been a lot more positive if they had allowed student-centered discussion groups. But anyways….that’s history now.
Why does the management think these changes are necessary now? Couldn’t they wait until next year…the year after?
If education hadn’t changed over the past few thousand years, we would still be counting with stones now. We have to move with the times. and those times are now.
When do you see the first of these courses being offered?
Well, off the record, I think it won’t be until….SKillful 4