Official51托福独立写作真题及参考范文【雷哥托福】2018-09-07 18:51:00 发布 来源：雷哥托福 阅读量:3056
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
When classmates or colleagues communicate about a project in person instead of by e-mail, they will produce better work for the project.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
With the convenience of e-mail today, many people have gone from working on projects in person to collaborating over e-mail. Is this a positive change? I do not think so.
First of all，while working via e-mail may be convenient for when meeting in person is difficult. E-mails are not conducive to some aspects of collaboration. Group brainstorming, for example, works much better when everybody can voice their ideas in person. Brainstorming is a fast and dynamic process. Ideas are quickly generated and discarded. A brainstorming session might normally take an hour to conduct in person, but the process could drag on for several days over e-mail. Plus, not everybody checks their e-mail consistently, so some people might miss out on parts of the brainstorming process.
Second of all, e-mail conveys tone and body language very poorly. Misunderstandings can arise more easily when only using e-mail to collaborate. I remember working on a school project once with classmates I wasn’t close with. We all lived very far apart, so e-mail became our main means of communication.
However, because we didn’t really take die time to get to know each other in person, there was a lot of miscommunication. For example, people quickly became annoyed at the group leader because his e-mails sounded like orders. In reality he was a reasonable guy，but he didn’t know any of us so he wanted to be clear and direct about everybody，s responsibilities. If we had simply talked things over in person this never would have been an issue.
Granted, today e-mail is a necessary tool in almost any group project. It makes collaborating much more flexible, because groins can stay in touch even when they aren't assembled in one place. But e-mail can't replace working together face-to-face. At best, it can serve as a supplementary tool to keep people updated on projects. Whether it’s brainstorming ideas or rehearsing a presentation, large parts of the collaborative process benefit from having everyone physically present. Not to mention, some people absorb information best when they see and hear explanations. We would never suggest, for example, that teachers teach by sending e-mails instead of lecturing in classrooms. So e-mail may not be the most effective way for people to exchange information during projects, E-mail is a wonderful invention that has changed the way people communicate. However, in some areas of life, it will never be as effective as face-to-face communication. When working on projects, it is still better to collaborate in person.