Exercise 26, The student debt crisis by Ms Sally Crompton, p. 65
- Ms Crompton contends that full fee-paying courses will mean that students are paying too much for their education and will suffer a burden of debt;
- Ms Crompton opposes changes to the fee structure and believes that it will not be in the best interests of a student’s wellbeing
- She maintains that their stress will be exacerbated, (compounded (made worse) by other burdens they will face as house-owners, workers and parents.
Persuasive/reasoning strategies are embedded in main contention/reasons:
- reputable expert; statistics and comparisons to highlight/reinforce the rise in student debt.
- The author attacks a public/education policy that will increase the students’ stress
- The author appeals to students’ health and wellbeing and their quality of life.
Quotes/Word level: “burden of debt will hang like a millstone around their academic necks”; “imagine the stress put upon future working parents”
Purpose: to elicit sympathy for students who will suffer from greater stress and anxiety; to encourage us to oppose the measures and to stop the government from introducing changes to the fee-system.
Metalanguage: Ms Crompton condemns the proposed changes; reputable experts; comparative rise in debt; words to describe sympathy and consequences.
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