Lecture script(professor)Now let me tell you what happened. The president of Acme Accounting needed to come to a decision about how to deal with the serious problem of tardiness among the junior accountants.One member of the company's senior staff had sub

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Now let me tell you what happened. The president of Acme Accounting needed to come to a decision about how to deal with the serious problem of tardiness among the junior accountants.

One member of the company's senior staff had submitted a proposal to have junior accountants make up the time that they were late by staying after the workday was finished. The president considered this plan but decided that the penalty was not harsh enough to stop the problem. After all, it seemed to be more of a bonus than a penalty. Under this plan, junior accountants could basically set their own hours; they could decide to come in an hour or two late every day and then merely make up the hours that they missed by staying late. The president then considered the plan that had been submitted by a different member of the senior staff. Under this plan, money could be subtracted from a junior accountant's salary if he or she came to work late. This plan seemed to contain a penalty in it for tardy junior accountants because those who were tardy would lose part of their salary.

There was a big drawback to this plan for the company, however. Under this plan, if employees were late, then the company would lose work. If a junior accountant came to work an hour late, for example, then the company would lose an hour of work. This didn't seem to be a good plan for the company because the company couldn't afford to lose a lot of work. After considering both of these plans, the company president came to a decision about what needed to be done. The company president decided to impose a combination of both plans. If a junior accountant came in late, then two penalties could be applied: The accountant could lose pay for the time missed and then would also have to make the missed work up. This seemed like a rather harsh solution to the company president, but it seemed to be the best way to solve the
company's tardiness problem.


Acme Accounting Company was facing a serious problem with tardiness, a problem that was beginning to have an impact on the success of the company. It had become extremely common for junior accountants to arrive late in the morning and return late again after lunch. Junior accountants had been coming late, with impunity, for so long that it was commonplace for each junior accountant to average missing one hour of work per day due to tardiness. Because the problem was so serious, the company president asked members of the senior staff to submit plans for dealing with the junior accountants' tardiness. The company president wanted to consider various plans submitted to him by his senior staff and then come to a decision about the best plan to follow. The members of the senior staff submitted plans in writing. One of the plans called for make-up time for work missed.

According to this plan, if a junior accountant is an hour late arriving at work, then he or she has to stay an hour late to make up the work that he or she missed. The other plan submitted by one of the senior staff presented a different way of dealing with the problem of tardiness: this plan involved subtracting pay from the salaries of junior accountants who are late for work. According to this plan, if a junior accountant arrives at work an hour late one day, then an hour's pay is subtracted from the junior accountant's salary check. The company president wanted to consider these two plans before coming to a final decision about how to deal with the problem.

The given set of materials was about problem faced by Acme Accounting Company with it's tardy junior accountants and finding out ways to resolve it. The reading provides problem with two potential solutions while in the listening the president decides on what and how this problem can be fixed.

The problem with junior accountants was that they used to arrive an hour late and company was loosing it's work. To find out the solution, proposals were called by president from senior staffs. One potential solution was to make up a missed work by staying an hour late after work. Another potential solution was to deduce the salary of missed work.

In listening, the president came up with the decision understanding the consequences of both solution. The first solution was not harsh enough as they can decide their own working hour and the second solution although being harsh, company will still lose the work. So, the president decides to choose the solution combining both the solutions to deal with this problem.

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Grammar and spelling errors:
Message: Three successive sentences begin with the same word. Reword the sentence or use a thesaurus to find a synonym.
... and how this problem can be fixed. The problem with junior accountants was tha...

Transition Words or Phrases used:
first, second, so, still, while, as to

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 9.0 10.4613686534 86% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 3.0 5.04856512141 59% => OK
Conjunction : 4.0 7.30242825607 55% => More conjunction wanted.
Relative clauses : 1.0 12.0772626932 8% => More relative clauses wanted.
Pronoun: 9.0 22.412803532 40% => OK
Preposition: 28.0 30.3222958057 92% => OK
Nominalization: 7.0 5.01324503311 140% => OK

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 851.0 1373.03311258 62% => OK
No of words: 170.0 270.72406181 63% => More content wanted.
Chars per words: 5.00588235294 5.08290768461 98% => OK
Fourth root words length: 3.61087313685 4.04702891845 89% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.47661030764 2.5805825403 96% => OK
Unique words: 99.0 145.348785872 68% => More unique words wanted.
Unique words percentage: 0.582352941176 0.540411800872 108% => OK
syllable_count: 256.5 419.366225166 61% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.5 1.55342163355 97% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 0.0 3.25607064018 0% => OK
Article: 6.0 8.23620309051 73% => OK
Subordination: 0.0 1.25165562914 0% => More adverbial clause wanted.
Conjunction: 0.0 1.51434878587 0% => OK
Preposition: 2.0 2.5761589404 78% => OK

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 9.0 13.0662251656 69% => Need more sentences. Double check the format of sentences, make sure there is a space between two sentences, or have enough periods. And also check the lengths of sentences, maybe they are too long.
Sentence length: 18.0 21.2450331126 85% => The Avg. Sentence Length is relatively short.
Sentence length SD: 30.8260752218 49.2860985944 63% => OK
Chars per sentence: 94.5555555556 110.228320801 86% => OK
Words per sentence: 18.8888888889 21.698381199 87% => OK
Discourse Markers: 4.22222222222 7.06452816374 60% => More transition words/phrases wanted.
Paragraphs: 3.0 4.09492273731 73% => More paragraphs wanted.
Language errors: 1.0 4.19205298013 24% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 5.0 4.33554083885 115% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 4.0 4.45695364238 90% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 0.0 4.27373068433 0% => More facts, knowledge or examples wanted.
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.168307419986 0.272083759551 62% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0791218600774 0.0996497079465 79% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.062247461609 0.0662205650399 94% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.131744641288 0.162205337803 81% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0710619718051 0.0443174109184 160% => OK

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 11.6 13.3589403974 87% => Automated_readability_index is low.
flesch_reading_ease: 61.67 53.8541721854 115% => OK
smog_index: 3.1 5.55761589404 56% => Smog_index is low.
flesch_kincaid_grade: 9.1 11.0289183223 83% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 11.78 12.2367328918 96% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 7.69 8.42419426049 91% => OK
difficult_words: 34.0 63.6247240618 53% => More difficult words wanted.
linsear_write_formula: 9.0 10.7273730684 84% => OK
gunning_fog: 9.2 10.498013245 88% => OK
text_standard: 9.0 11.2008830022 80% => OK
What are above readability scores?

Minimum four paragraphs wanted. The correct pattern:

para 1: introduction
para 2: doubt 1
para 3: doubt 2
para 4: doubt 3

Less contents wanted from the reading passages(25%), more content wanted from the lecture (75%).

Don't need a conclusion paragraph.

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Rates: 60.0 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 18.0 Out of 30
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