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Speaking 1 Topic: Separate residence halls or the same?

Some people prefer that  female and male university students have separate residence halls, while others believe that they can have the same residence halls. What do you think?

In the 15 seconds I have for note-taking, here's what I would jot down:

  1. Same
  2. Reason 1: Mature
  3. Reason 2: Inclusive
  4. Example of female friend who found it liberating to be in shared residence halls

Here's my detailed response:

I believe that it would be progressive for female and male university students to have the same residence halls. First, I believe that students in universities are mature and can handle the situation comfortably. They will be aware of the need for each other's privacy, irrespective of gender, and will act suitably. Second, I believe that by creating strict lines between the genders, universities only increase the divides between them. By relaxing such rules, the administration leaves it to the students to act responsibly. This creates a heightened sense of ownership, as well as camaraderie between the genders. A friend of mine once traveled abroad through an exchange program. She had to share a dormitory with male students as well. While she initially found it uncomfortable, she settled into it soon and made some very good friends.