TOEFL Essay Topic 143 - Some people believe that students should be given one long vacation each year. Others believe that students should have several short vacations throughout the year. Which viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.
Vacation for students
Some people believe that students should be given one long vacation each year, while others believe that students should have several short vacations throughout the year. As far as I am concerned, I strongly believe that students should have one long vacation each year. I will present two reasons that support my idea.
First of all, having a long vacation enables students to experience other culture. To give my personal example, when I was a third grade student, my parents took me to a trip to United States. I was overwhelmed by the big differences in many aspects from my home country Japan and I tried to have communication with people living there. In Japan, most people living in this country is Japanese but in United States, I found that various races consists the society. Having talked with them, I also found that not all the people speak perfect English and for some people English is not their mother tongue. At that time, I thought that this case will not fit to Japan because it is very difficult to live in Japan without a high level of Japanese skill as many people only speak Japanese and where ever you go, for example restaurants, the menu is only written in Japanese. In the end, I learned many cultural differences from this trip and this was the start of me studying cultures of various countries. This example clearly shows that long vacation gives students an opportunity to experience other culture.
Secondly, short vacation only gives students a rest and difficult to provide educational opportunity. It is very important for students to have a rest but also they should be given some educational opportunity as well. However, short vacation (for example three to four day vacation) is too short for them to take part in such educational opportunities. At least what they can do is studying at home but this has no difference with usual weekends. So the other option will be hanging out with friends and this is also good but in terms of education, it is obvious that this option is limited effect. So in the end, short vacation will not provide students with an educational opportunity.
In conclusion, it is true that there are a lot of people who disagree with my opinion. However, considering the reasons mentioned above, I am convinced that students should have one long vacation each year rather than having several short vacations throughout the year.