2019年12月14日托福独立写作题目：all university students Should be required to take at least one course that teaches them the culture of other countries?
To improve overall education quality, universities are usually very careful in offering courses to students. Given the unprecedented pace of globalization, educators believe it is beneficial for students to take courses of foreign cultures. In my opinion, to force all college students to learn exotic cultures does more harm than good.
Admittedly, students today surely need knowledge of foreign cultures that enables them to get along well with foreign people and adapt to the environment boasting culture diversity. In metropolitan cities, people often encounter foreigners either in life or work. Without certain knowledge of foreign cultures, it is unavoidable that people may piss off or even annoy their foreign neighbors or foreign workmates, like asking an Arabian woman to take off her scarf in office. Therefore, university students definitely ought to equip themselves with some basic knowledge of exotic cultures.
However, the significance of learning foreign culture cannot justify the statement that all university students should take courses teaching cultures of other countries. To begin with, to take courses is not the only effective way for students to know foreign cultures. In modern society, students can expose themselves to foreign cultures by watching foreign movies, making foreign friends on social media, traveling on holiday, etc. All these are in fact more interesting and effective, because students study actively and purposely from firsthand experiences. On the contrary, what students can learn is quite limited to the knowledge scope and interests of their professor who might have bias and prejudice.
Secondly, not all students are interested in learning foreign cultures. No matter how important foreign cultures are, there are people who show little interest in them and professions that do not require employees to understand them. Therefore, it is unfair to force all university students to take courses of foreign cultures. For some students, to take such courses is a waste of time and energy. Those courses will merely arouse their complaints and resentments. For instance, a student majoring in mathematics would rather spend his time in research of math questions instead of listening to a professor’s introduction of how much British people love afternoon tea.
In a nutshell, although to know some foreign cultures is beneficial for most university students, it is unnecessary to require all students to take courses to learn foreign cultures.、
Should all university curriculum include compulsive courses about other countries? This question matters because it has to do with what students will be. In my opinion, all college students should learn at least one foreign culture.
Following a course about other culture helps students to objectively look at it. Currently, we are exposed to other cultures every day in the form of international brands and popular films and music. These tangible and intangible products of a foreign country together gradually lead us to build up an impression of that world. The problem of such idea is that it is patchwork at best, which thus makes us have a bias against or towards other cultures. For example, because of bullfights in movies one may wrongly think that the Spanish are addicted to blood. Parties or affairs in countless Hollywood products would form a fake picture of Americans who do not care aboutfamilies. It would be unfair to blame people for the stereotype of Japanese as humorless when technical products, restaurants spare no efforts to convey the message of meticulous care about details. Therefore, should students take a well-designed course that show various aspects of certain culture, they would have a complete view of it and thus avoid making criticism or compliment blindly.
Learning other cultures also helps university students to get along well with foreigners at future work and in daily life. In the business world with precise labor divisions, most products at a customer’s hands come from efforts of international cooperation. For instance, more than twenty companies from fifteen countries contribute to the design and manufacture of IPhone, a smartphone. This means that college graduates are possibly to have coworkers or clients from other cultures. Under such circumstance, a good knowledge of relative culture and customs would help a worker deal with foreign partners properly. In addition, it comes as no surprise to people to meet foreign travelers and workers in every day life. Knowing a foreign culture helps people reduce troubles and conflicts for cultural reasons like clothes at public places. On the other hand, there is a growing interest in international traveling. With a grasp of traditions of another country, a tourist is less likely to violate local conventions and has fun at that place.
To sum, it is necessary for all universities to require students to take one or more courses about different cultures which I believe will help them overcome cultural prejudices and deal with foreign people in an appropriate way.