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Listen to these school students discussing the advantages and disadvantages of wearing school uniform.

Students wearing school uniform raise their hands in classroom

This vocabulary will help you.

apropiadoappropriate
el aula (fem.)classroom
el chiclechewing gum
la libertadfreedom
masticarto chew
obligatoriocompulsory
la reglarule, ruler

For the following questions, choose whether each student's views are positive, negative or a mixture of both positive and negative.

Write:

P if the opinion is positive

N if the opinion is negative

P+N if the opinion is positive and negative

Question

N.

Transcript:

A mí no me gusta nada la idea de llevar uniforme escolar. Para mí, es importante que los jóvenes tengan la libertad de tomar sus propias decisiones en cuanto a la ropa que llevan. No me parece apropiado que los profesores o los padres tomen este tipo de decisión por nosotros.

Translation:

I don't like the idea of wearing a school uniform at all. As far as I'm concerned, it's important for young people to have the freedom to make their own decisions as regards the clothes they wear. I don't think it's appropriate for teachers or parents to make this decision for us.

Question

P+N.

Transcript:

Lo peor del uniforme escolar es que cuesta mucho. Por otro lado, cuando te levantas por la mañana, es mucho más práctico no tener que escoger la ropa que vas a llevar al instituto.

Translation:

The worst thing about school uniform is that it costs a lot. On the other hand, when you get up in the morning, it's much more convenient not to have to choose what you're going to wear to school.

Question

N.

Transcript:

Ya hay demasiadas reglas en mi insti - no se puede comer en las aulas, no se puede masticar chicle, no se puede llevar el móvil al instituto. Si fuera obligatorio llevar un uniforme sería una regla más.

Translation:

There are too many rules at my school - you can't eat in the classrooms, you can't chew gum, you can't take your mobile to school. If it were compulsory to wear a uniform, it would be one more rule.

Question

P.

Transcript:

A mi parecer es importante que no haya ninguna discriminación entre los alumnos ricos y los pobres. Con un uniforme, todos tienen el mismo aspecto. Sin uniforme, los estudiantes ricos llevarían ropa muy cara que los demás no podrían comprar.

Translation:

I think it's important that there's no discrimination between rich pupils and poor ones. With a uniform, everyone looks the same. Without a uniform, rich students would wear very expensive clothes that the others would not be able to buy.