Reply To: TPO2

University: Wenzhou Medical University
Nationality: China
February 7, 2021 at 2:08 pm

Both the reading passage and the lecture discuss the effectiveness of teamwork projects. The author of the reading passage believes that the best approach to new projects is to use the group system to handle the work. Nevertheless, the professor puts forward three points and then effectively refutes the opinions of the reading passage.

To begin with, the reading passage argues that a group of people will possess a wider range of expertise and skills. However, the professor claims that some team members did not contribute much at all, getting almost a “free ride”. Besides, group members who work hard were not given the recognition they deserve.

Next, the author believes that people are more responsive to the task assigned to them and able to devise creative solutions to problems. On the contrary, the professor argues that reaching an agreement among all group members is difficult. Thus, groups need more time for meetings in order to reach a consensus.

Finally, the author states that a team member who has a voice in making decisions feels better. However, the professor thinks that some influential members would have a great impact on group decisions. If they went in the wrong direction, sensible members who try to warn the rest of the group would be ignored. As a result, all members would be blamed for the unsuccessful project.