The following is a recommendation from the personnel director to the president of Acme Publishing Company. "Many other companies have recently stated that having their employees take the Easy Read Speed-Reading Course has greatly improved productivity. One graduate of the course was able to read a 500-page report in only two hours; another graduate rose from an assistant manager to vice president of the company in under a year. Obviously, the faster you can read, the more information you can absorb in a single workday. Moreover, Easy Read would cost Acme only $500 per employee—a small price to pay when you consider the benefits. Included in this fee is a three-week seminar in Spruce City and a lifelong subscription to the Easy Read newsletter. Clearly, to improve overall productivity, Acme should require all of our employees to take the Easy Read course."
Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument.
The author claims that taking the easy read Speed-reading course will improve productivity in the acme publishing company based on some specific evidences which are reducing the reading time, small price to pay, get better promotion and so on. Therefore, the author assumes that if the company adapts this program for all employees, the productivity will be increased.
However, stated in this way, the recommendation fails to suggest the several key factors, on the basis of which it could be suggested. The evidence that author’s suggestion can be considered incomplete or unsubstantiated.
First of all, the author recommends the easy read Speed -reading course based on the relationships between the other companies improved productivity with after taking the course. This is merely a simple evidence without any detailed and essential information. The author only suggests 'many other companies' but we don't know what kinds of other companies or what companies' statues in the fields. Furthermore, the author also mentions that an employee who graduated the course takes only two hours to read 500 pages, but this case cannot be representative of the effects for the reading course. In addition, another gets promotion as a vice president within a year, but to get promotion, fast reading skill could be not only reason. The employee might have well-qualified skills such as communication, problem-solving, excellent attitudes, leadership and so on.
Second, the author claims that the cost of the reading course is just 500$ and it is a small price to get benefits, but it can be changed depends on what curriculum, materials, instructors, facilities, services and so on. If the employees cannot take the all seminars in Spruce City and it is an essential program to improve reading skills, the cost should be set. Another point of view, if the president of the company invests the reinforcing welfare for employees or increases the wages, it can cause the better productivity to motivate the employees. Therefore, the claims that a small price to pay and get better benefits should be reconsidered other factors. This again is a weak and unsupported reasons as it does not demonstrate any clear evidence. If the comparison of other courses' price suggests or detailed information about the course like curriculum, it would have been a lot more convincing to the reader.
Finally, the author claims that all employees in Acme publishing company should take the easy read course as a requirement. However, the author’s suggestion is little credible support for benefits and several main factors are raised. The author doesn't consider the feature and main tasks of each department. For example, marketing department or delivery department in the company has different main tasks and roles. Better productivity will be different in each department.
Therefore, without considering the role of the department, it can be wasting money even a small price. Without convincing evidence to these information, the easy read course might be just one of the overworks or burdensome rather than benefits or welfare of employees.
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Essay evaluations by e-grader
Essay evaluation report
Attribute Value Ideal
Final score: 3.5 out of 6
Category: Satisfactory Excellent
No. of Grammatical Errors: 0 2
No. of Spelling Errors: 0 2
No. of Sentences: 23 15
No. of Words: 500 350
No. of Characters: 2557 1500
No. of Different Words: 220 200
Fourth Root of Number of Words: 4.729 4.7
Average Word Length: 5.114 4.6
Word Length SD: 2.881 2.4
No. of Words greater than 5 chars: 194 100
No. of Words greater than 6 chars: 147 80
No. of Words greater than 7 chars: 103 40
No. of Words greater than 8 chars: 76 20
Use of Passive Voice (%): 0 0
Avg. Sentence Length: 21.739 21.0
Sentence Length SD: 8.205 7.5
Use of Discourse Markers (%): 0.739 0.12
Sentence-Text Coherence: 0.302 0.35
Sentence-Para Coherence: 0.459 0.50
Sentence-Sentence Coherence: 0.078 0.07
Number of Paragraphs: 4 5
Grammar and spelling errors:
Line 4, column 314, Rule ID: EN_CONTRACTION_SPELLING
Message: Possible spelling mistake found
...ly suggests many other companies but we dont know what kinds of other companies or w...
Line 4, column 614, Rule ID: POSSESIVE_APOSTROPHE
Message: Possible typo: apostrophe is missing. Did you mean 'gets'' or 'get's'?
Suggestion: gets'; get's
...he reading course. In addition, another gets promotion as a vice president within a ...
Line 7, column 71, Rule ID: CURRENCY
Message: The currency mark is usually put at the beginning of the number: '$500'.
... the cost of the reading course is just 500$ and it is a small price to get benefits...
Line 10, column 251, Rule ID: EN_CONTRACTION_SPELLING
Message: Possible spelling mistake found
...ral main factors are raised. The author doesnt consider the feature and main tasks of ...
Line 11, column 134, Rule ID: THIS_NNS
Message: Did you mean 'this information' or 'these informations'?
Suggestion: this information; these informations
...l price. Without convincing evidence to these information, the easy read course might be just one...
Transition Words or Phrases used:
also, but, finally, first, furthermore, however, if, second, so, therefore, well, for example, in addition, in fact, such as, first of all
Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments
Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 20.0 19.6327345309 102% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 17.0 12.9520958084 131% => OK
Conjunction : 22.0 11.1786427146 197% => OK
Relative clauses : 10.0 13.6137724551 73% => More relative clauses wanted.
Pronoun: 22.0 28.8173652695 76% => OK
Preposition: 47.0 55.5748502994 85% => OK
Nominalization: 21.0 16.3942115768 128% => OK
Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 2647.0 2260.96107784 117% => OK
No of words: 498.0 441.139720559 113% => OK
Chars per words: 5.31526104418 5.12650576532 104% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.72397222731 4.56307096286 104% => OK
Word Length SD: 3.01815244906 2.78398813304 108% => OK
Unique words: 229.0 204.123752495 112% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.45983935743 0.468620217663 98% => OK
syllable_count: 806.4 705.55239521 114% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.6 1.59920159681 100% => OK
A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 5.0 4.96107784431 101% => OK
Article: 16.0 8.76447105788 183% => OK
Subordination: 3.0 2.70958083832 111% => OK
Conjunction: 3.0 1.67365269461 179% => OK
Preposition: 4.0 4.22255489022 95% => OK
Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 23.0 19.7664670659 116% => OK
Sentence length: 21.0 22.8473053892 92% => OK
Sentence length SD: 46.3596118468 57.8364921388 80% => OK
Chars per sentence: 115.086956522 119.503703932 96% => OK
Words per sentence: 21.652173913 23.324526521 93% => OK
Discourse Markers: 6.0 5.70786347227 105% => OK
Paragraphs: 6.0 5.15768463074 116% => OK
Language errors: 5.0 5.25449101796 95% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 13.0 8.20758483034 158% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 3.0 6.88822355289 44% => More negative sentences wanted.
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 7.0 4.67664670659 150% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?
Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.2707711937 0.218282227539 124% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.078931731284 0.0743258471296 106% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0894688302165 0.0701772020484 127% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.144107680266 0.128457276422 112% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0847560641894 0.0628817314937 135% => OK
automated_readability_index: 14.5 14.3799401198 101% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 50.16 48.3550499002 104% => OK
smog_index: 8.8 7.1628742515 123% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 11.5 12.197005988 94% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 13.58 12.5979740519 108% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.2 8.32208582834 99% => OK
difficult_words: 111.0 98.500998004 113% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 11.5 12.3882235529 93% => OK
gunning_fog: 10.4 11.1389221557 93% => OK
text_standard: 12.0 11.9071856287 101% => OK
What are above readability scores?
Rates: 66.67 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 4.0 Out of 6
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