Some people think that all university students should study whatever they like. Others believe that they should only be allowed to study subjects that will be useful in the future, such as those related to science and technology. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. 有人认为所有的大学生应该学习他们喜欢的课程，有人认为大学生应该选择对于未来职业有帮助的课程例如科技，讨论两种观点。(剑桥雅思10题目)
Some people believe theoretical subjects (e.g. math, philosophy and economy) should not be taught in universities because they should focus on practical subjects (e.g. computer technology, accounting.)To what extent do you agree or disagree? 有人认为理论性课程不必教授，大学生应该更多学习实用性课程，是否认同?
【首段】 背景介绍 + 作家立场
People’s views differ greatly as to which should be the superior option of academic pursuit，to opt for courses conducing tofuture career or to focus on subjects that interest them. As I see it, compared with choosing subjects that can help young adults ready themselves for career challenges, to deliberately specialize in one’s favorite courses is more commendable.
Opting for the courses that one takes considerable interest in will enjoy more visible merits. First, one’s study motivation can be highly stimulated if one can choose subjects exerting a peculiar fascination on him or her. Conversely, people might generate career burnout even if they might get a profit-making job. Also, taking the courses that one takes keen interest in can fully tap his or her infinite potentials. Meanwhile, one can fully enjoy the process of learning and career life. Eventually, it is also a sort ofsuccess if one can perfectly combine specialized knowledge with career ambition. In light of these statements, college studentshave sound reasons to select the courses they love, and then they will love the courses they choose.
Yet, the acquisition of pragmatic courses might still have some merits. Apparently, job-related courses will help one outshine many candidates and successfully secure a decent job. Still, some people might argue that education is a kind of investment and competitive courses such as accounting，computer and business management can，in most cases，earn high interests. Thereby, what some people are concern about is whether the course of their choice can lead to a profitable career. Sure enough, career-related subjects can lay a solid foundation for climbing the career ladder.
To sum up, even though choosing utilitarian subjects is never without merits, my view isstill that university students should be encouraged to choose their favorite areas of study.(303)
1. people’s views differ greatly as to 关于 ……，人们的观点差异
2. courses conducing to future career 对于未来事业有利的课程
3. subjects that interest them他们感兴趣的课程
4. is more commendable ……更加值得推荐
5. have sound reasons to do sth 有充分理由做……
6. in light of these statements 根据上面的说法
7. choose utilitarian subjects 选择实用性课程
8. the acquisition of pragmatic courses = learning of pragmatic courses 实用性课程的学习
9. career-oriented courses 以择业为导向的课程
10. acquire job-related knowledge 学习与工作相关的知识
11. the subjects that their interests lie in 他们兴趣所在的课程
12. exert a peculiar fascination on 对于……有吸引力
13. Interest is the best teacher 兴趣是最好的老师
14. one’s infinite potentials can be fully tapped 一个人无限的潜能可以被充分开发
15. outshine many candidates 在求职者中胜出
16. might generate career burnout 也许会产生职业倦怠
17. ready himself for = prepare oneself for 使某人为……做好准备
18. secure a decent and well-paid job with promising prospects 找到一份体面高薪有前途的工作
19. lead to a profitable career 找到一份赚钱的工作
20. lay a solid foundation for climbing career ladder为攀登事业阶梯打下坚实的基础
【首段】 背景介绍 + 作家立场
People have different views about how much choice students should have with regard to what they can study at university. While some argue that it would be better for students to be forced into certain key subject areas, I believe that everyone should be able to study the course of their choice.
There are various reasons why people believe that universities should only offer subjects that will be useful in the future. They may assert that university courses like medicine, engineering and information technology are more likely to be beneficial than certain art degrees. From a personal perspective, it can be argued that these courses provide more job opportunities, career progression, better salaries, and therefore an improved quality of life for students who take them. On the societal level, by forcing people to choose particular university subjects, governments can ensure that any knowledge and skill gaps in the economy are covered. Finally, a focus on technology in higher education could lead to new inventions, economic growth, and greater future prosperity.
In spite of these arguments, I believe that university students should be free to choose their preferred areas of study. In my opinion, society will benefit more if our students are passionate about what they are learning. Besides, nobody can really predict which areas of knowledge will be most useful to society in the future, and it may be that employers begin to value creative thinking skills above practical or technical skills. If this were the case, perhaps we would need more students of art, history and philosophy than of science or technology.
In conclusion, although it might seem sensible for universities to focus only on the most useful subjects, I personally prefer the current system in which people have right to study whatever they like.
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