1. What is the time now?
A. 4:40. B. 5:00. C. 5:20.
2. How will the woman help the man?
A. By writing a history paper.
B. By finding some information.
C. By giving him a newspaper.
3. What will the man do at 4:00?
A. Take a test. B. Have a class. C. Visit a doctor.
4. What does the man mean?
A. The woman’s idea is not practical.
B. The woman should start her own tour company.
C. The woman should find her own apartment.
5. Where does the conversation take place?
A. In a hotel. B. In a hospital. C. In a restaurant.
6. What are the speakers talking about?
A. Stealing. B. Killing. C. Robbing.
7. What does the guy look like?
A. He wears a red jacket.
B. He has long blond hair.
C. He has a scar（疤）on his forehead.
8. Who is the man speaker probably?
A. A lawyer. B. A police officer. C. A café owner.
9. What are the speakers talking about?
A. The building of a bridge.
B. The sport facilities（設施）of a school.
C. The building of a city park.
10. Why is the man against the idea of having outdoor tennis courts?
A. It isn’t popular here.
B. There is a limit of users.
C. It can’t be used in bad weather.
11. What do the two speakers agree to build?
A. A dance studio. B. A children’s pool. C. Basketball courts.
12. When was the party held?
A. On Friday. B. On Saturday. C. On Sunday.
13. What did the man enjoy at the party?
A. The food. B. The computer games. C. The music.
14. How did the man go home after the party?
A. He walked home. B. He took a bus home. C. He drove home.
15. Where will the speakers go first?
A. To Italy. B. To Austria. C. To France.
16. How will the speakers travel most of the time?
A. By car. B. By ship. C. By train.
17. How long will the speakers’ holiday probably last?
A. Three weeks. B. Four weeks. C. Six weeks.
18. What is the woman?
A. A scientist. B. A hostess. C. A guide.
19. What is the title of the man’s presentation?
A. A Smaller World.
B. Technology and Cultural Change.
C. Means of Transportation.
20. What’s the problem with people who use communications technology?
A. They have worse and worse eyesight.
B. They don’t have enough time for housework.
C. They spend less time with friends and neighbors.
On a Friday night, a poor young artist stood at the gate of the New York railway station, playing his violin. The music was so great that many people stopped to put some money into the hat of the young man.
The next day, the young artist came to the same place, and put his hat on the ground gracefully. Different from the day before, he took out a large piece of paper and laid it under his hat. Then he began to play the violin. It sounded more pleasant than ever.
Soon he was surrounded with people who were attracted by the words on that paper. It said, “Last night, a gentleman named George Sang put an important thing into my hat by mistake. Please come to claim（認領）it soon.”
After about half an hour, a middle-aged man rushed through the crowd to the violinist and said, “Yes, it’s you. I knew that you were an honest man and would certainly come here.” The young violinist asked calmly, “Are you Mr. George Sang?” The man nodded. The violinist asked, “Did you lose something?” “It’s a lottery ticket（彩票）,” said the man. The violinist took out a lottery ticket on which George Sang’s name was seen. “Is it?” he asked. George nodded and took the lottery ticket and kissed it, then danced with the violinist.
The violinist was a student at an arts college and had planned to attend advanced studies in Vienna. Later his classmate asked the violinist, “At that time you needed money to pay the tuition （學費）and you had to play the violin in the railway station every day to make money. Why didn’t you keep the lottery ticket for yourself?” The violinist said, “Although I don’t have much money, I live happily. But if I lose honesty I won’t be happy forever.”
Through our lives, we can gain a lot and lose so much. But being honest should always be with us.
21. What did the young artist do at the railway station on Friday?
A. He played the violin to make some money.
B. He waited for the train to Vienna.
C. He came to buy a train ticket to Vienna.
D. He walked around the New York railway station.
22. Which of the following statements is true according to the words on the paper?
A. The hat belonged to George Sang.
B. George Sang had lost something important.
C. The young artist needed George Sang’s advice.
D. The young artist wanted some money from George Sang.
23. From this article, we can learn that ______.
A. we should share something valuable with others
B. playing the violin can make you honest
C. it’s acceptable to keep the lottery if you find one
D. being honest is very important to us
A recent documentary produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has caused a stir in China and in the UK.
The documentary, titled Are Our Kids Tough Enough? focuses on five Chinese teachers who are sent to teach 50 UK teens at a school in Hampshire.
The teachers instruct the students for a month. The pupils are then tested, and the results are compared to the ones of those who have continued in the regular UK education system. The idea is to see if the Chinese method improves academic performance.
The Chinese teachers use their own teaching methods but receive strong resistance from the students. A clip from the documentary online shows some problems, with Chinese teachers calling their students lazy and lacking in discipline, while the students say the high pressure and harsh teachers are driving them crazy.
This has aroused a new debate in both China and the UK, with some arguing the teenagers need more regulation and discipline. Others say Chinese methods encourage rote learning（死記硬背） instead of independent thinking. For instance, Chinese language teachers should do more than pass on knowledge about words and characters. They should inspire students, helping them feel the sentiment from Chinese literature. This is a higher level of teaching.
Yang Dongping, dean of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, says, “The Chinese teaching methods are designed to strictly train the majority. Foreign teaching methods, however, are more natural and relaxing, and designed to inspire students’ interest in learning. Education methods are based on culture. That is why a successful education method in one place may not work that well when simply ‘transplanted’ into another place.”
Yang Dongping says, “The documentary does reflect some problems rooted in traditional Chinese teaching methods. Nobel prize winner, Yang Zhenning, gave a very fair comment on this issue. He said the Chinese-style education method works for most ordinary qualified students effectively, helping them reach high standards. However, it may weaken the training for high-potential outstanding students.”
24. Why are five Chinese teachers sent to teach 50 UK teens?
A. To test the intelligence of the UK teens.
B. To help the school improve their teaching efficiency.
C. To do some practical research into the UK education system.
D. To test the effectiveness of Chinese teaching methods.
25. What’s the meaning of the underlined word “harsh” in the fourth paragraph?
A. Extremely strict B. Quite friendly C. Rather cold D. Very attractive
26. According to Yang Dongping, Chinese teaching methods ______.
A. fit all countries B. could be improved
C. are the best in the world D. are not as good as British methods
Where can you find a nice place to relax on holiday for both you and your children? Well, I suggest you try the beautiful and green Isle o f Wight (IOW). The Isle of Wight is one of the main tourist attractions. Here is some information on a few of the attractions on the IOW.
It is located in Sandown, a seaside town on the southeast coast. It’s a large, lovely museum, both fun and educational. Here you can see a large fossil collection of all kinds of dinosaurs, as well as a gift shop. You can walk into the past and then the future, learning about the history and the development of the civilization of dinosaurs that lived 120 million years ago.
Robin Hill Country Park
The park is in the beautiful countryside, and is suitable for children’s parties and games. It has five new gardens, and offers great opportunities to see and take pictures of the rare red squirrels.
The West of the Wight
Here we have the Marine Aquarium, the Archaeology Exhibition and the Model Railway. They offer another opportunity to combine fun with learning. This is a great place to see ancient boats crossing the narrow strait between the island and the mainland.
The Wight Bus Museum
This museum is run completely by unpaid volunteers. It has a bus collection stored in what was once a warehouse（倉庫）. Most of the buses in the museum date back to around the 1910’s.
With all of these choices, what are you waiting for? IOW Tourism welcomes you!
27. In Robin Hill Country Park, children can NOT ______.
A. have parties. B. buy gifts. C. play games. D. take pictures.
28. It can be learned from the passage that ______.
A. those running the Wight Bus Museum work for free
B. on Dinosaur Isle we can learn about all kinds of animals
C. there are five new gardens on Dinosaur Isle
D. visitors can drive buses in the Wight Bus Museum
29. The purpose of this passage is to ______.
A. show the development of tourism on the IOW
B . tell readers what is worth visiting
C. attract readers to come to the IOW
D. advise readers how to relax on holidays
30. You can read this article in a ______.
A. travel magazine B. science journal
C. book review D. film advertisement
Public Speaking Training
Get a coach
31 ，so get help. Since there are about a billion companies out there all ready to offer you public speaking training and courses, here are some things to look for when deciding the training that’s right for you.
Focus on positives
Any training you do to become more effective at public speaking should always focus on the positive aspects of what you already do we ll. Nothing can hurt confidence more than being told that you aren’t doing well. 32 , so good public speaking training should develop those instead of telling you what you shouldn’t do.
If you find a public speaking course that looks as though it’s going to give you lots of dos and don’ts, walk away! Your brain is so full of what you’re going to be talking about. 34 . As far as we’re concerned, there are basically no hard and fast rules about public speaking. Your audience can be your friends.
You are a special person not a clone
Most importantly, good public speaking training should treat you as a special one, with your own personal habits. 35 . Your training course should help you bring out your personality, not try to turn you into someone you’re not.
A. You aren’t like anybody else
B. You already do lots of things well
C. Turn your back on too many rules
D. Practise speaking whenever possible
E. Whatever the presentation, public speaking is tough
F .The one thing you don’t want is for them to fall asleep
G. So trying to force a whole set of rules into it will just make things worse
I stopped to watch my little girl busy playing in her room. In one hand was a plastic __36 ; in the other a toy broom. I listened as she was speaking to her make-believe（假想的）little friend and I’ll never forget the words she said, even though it was imagined.
She said, “Suzie’s in the corner because she’s not been very 37 . She didn’t listen to a word I 38 or do the things she should.” In the 39 I saw her baby doll all dressed in lace and pink. It was 40 she’d been put to sit alone and 41 .
My daughter 42 her “conversation”, as I sat down on the floor. She said, “I’m all fed up. I just don’t know 43 to do with her any more. She cries whenever I have to work and wants to play games, too. She never 44 me do the things that I just have to do. She tries to help me with the dishes, but her arms just cannot 45 . And she doesn’t know how to fold towels. I don’t have the 46 to teach. I have a lot of work to do and a big house to keep clean. I don’t have the time to sit and play — Do you 47 what I mean?”
And that day I thought a lot about making some 48 in my life, as I listened to her words that 49 me like a knife. I hadn’t bee n paying enough attention to what I hold most 50 . I’d been caught up in responsibilities that increased 51 the years.
But now my 52 has changed, because, in my heart, I realize that I’ve seen the world in a different light through my little darling’s eyes. So, let the cobwebs（蜘蛛網） 53 the corners and the dust bunny rabbit rule the floor. I’m not going to worry about keeping up with them __54 .
I’m going to fill the house with 55 of a child and her mother, for we are granted only one childhood, and we will never get another.
36．A．cup B．camera C．knife D．phone
37．A．gentle B．happy C．good D．helpful
38．A．heard B．said C．learned D．found
39．A．corner B．bed C．room D．box
40．A．possible B．clear C．common D．unusual
41．A．recover B．pretend C．think D．sleep
42．A．continued B．stopped C．repeated D．interrupted
43. A．what B．whether C．why D．how
44．A．has B．watches C．makes D．lets
45．A．reach B．settle C．arrive D．handle
46．A．skill B．duty C．energy D．reason
47．A．mind B．see C．feel D．learn
48．A．influences B．changes C．plans D．troubles
49．A．cut B．hurt C．broke D．harmed
50．A．clever B．heavy C．dear D．funny
51．A．over B．after C．for D．during
52．A．purpose B．principle C．interest D．attitude
53．A．have B．manage C．make D．stop
54．A．either B．any more C．neither D．anywhere
55．A．explanations B．messages C．imaginations D．memories
Ashley Power’s mother bought a computer for her when she was eight. When she was thirteen, she was surfing the Internet 56 (regular), but she couldn’t find anywhere for teenagers to meet and talk. One day she thought, “If I had my own website, I’d make 57 a really interesting site for teenagers.”
So, when Ashley was sixteen, she launched her own website, 58 (call) Goosehead. She had no idea 59 big a success it would be, but three years later, the site was the 60__ (successful) teen site in the USA! It was getting 100,000 hits every day.
After a few years, the website closed down. Then Ashley, who lives in Los Angeles, 61__ (ask) to write a book The Goosehead Guide to Life. The book is 62 how to design a website and start a business. “I was so happy. But it was crazy in a lot of ways. I got very stressed. I mean, I was only sixteen — I didn’t even have a car! If you were sixteen and you had your own company, you’d be stressed, too!”
In 63 interview Ashley gave advice to teenagers 64 wanted to start their own business, “Just be strong and have your dreams and work hard at them. And don’t listen when people tell you that you can’t do it, because I heard ‘no’ a lot. Just keep going 65 you’ll make it!”
He met her at a party. She was so young and beautiful; many guys were after her, but nobody paid any attention to him. After the party, he invited her for coffee. She was surprised, but so as n ot to appear rude, she went along.
As they sat in a nice cafe, he was too nervous to say anything and she felt embarrassed. Suddenly, he asked the waiter, “Could you please give me some salt? I’d like to put it in my coffee.”
They stared at him. He turned red, but when the salt came, he put it in his coffee and drank. Curious, she asked, “Why salt with coffee?” He hesitated for a while before replying in a word-after-word way, “When I was a little boy, I lived near the sea. I liked playing on the sea. I could feel it salty, like salty coffee. Now every time I drink it, I think of my childhood and my hometown. I miss it and my parents, who are still there.”
She was deeply moved. A man who can admit that he’s homesick must love his home and care about his family. He must be responsible. She talked too, about her faraway hometown, her childhood, her family. That was the start to their love story.
They continued to date. She found that he met all her requirements. He was tolerant, kind, warm and careful. Deep down, she felt lucky for accepting his first invitation out of politeness, otherwise she would have missed such a remarkable man. They later dated with each other in almost all the cafes in the city, where she would always take the lead to tell the waiter to get him some salt.
As all the fairy tales go, the princess and prince get married and lead a happy life ever since. And the story would have ended with the husband passing away after 40 years of happy life, nothing special if it were not for the letter the husband left for her before his death.
“My dearest, please forgive me for my cheating you all the time. Do you still remember our first date in the cafe?
P aragraph 2:
She was shocked by the letter, with the feeling of being cheated.
M: I’m going to visit my brother in Seattle. I told him to meet me at the airport at 5:00. See, we’ll reach there very soon.
W: Yes, in 20 minutes.
M: I really need your help on my chemistry paper.
W: OK, I’ll help you with the search, but after that you’re on your own.
M: Professor Goodwin, I wasn’t in class yesterday because I had a cold. Could you give me a make-up test?
W: Of course. Come to my office at four o’clock, and we’ll do it then.
W: I’m thinking of starting my own tour company?
M: Tour company? But you can’t find your way to your own apartment!
M: Can you bill me later?
W: I’m sorry, I can’t. You’re a new patient, so the fee for the first examination is due now. You can pay in cash, by credit card or by check.
M: Well, OK then.
W: Someone’s just stolen my purse. I left it on this table while I went to the restroom … and when I came back, I saw this guy running out of the café. He was about 17 with short blond hair. I noticed he had a scar on his forehead.
M: OK, madam. I’ll call the police now. But I’m afraid we aren’t responsible for your loss although it took place here.
W: I know.
W: What about having a swimming pool, a dance studio, outdoor tennis courts, and …
M: Hold on a minute, you don’t need outdoor tennis courts. Only four people can use a tennis court. Wouldn’t it be better to have two all-weather soccer fields? More students can play.
W: OK, so let’s have the indoor courts for when the weather’s bad. I think there should be a children’s pool as well as a swimming pool.
M: Well, I think a swimming pool will be enough. What do you think about having basketball courts?
W: Yes, we definitely need basketball courts.
M: Hi, Kim. Why didn’t you come to Alex’s party?
W: What? But the party’s tonight, isn’t it?
M: Oh Kim! It was last night! Saturday, not Sunday!
W: I can’t believe I missed it! Oh well. How was it?
M: Well, I ate a lot. Alex’s mum made some great pizza. And we played some computer games. I took no interest in that. And the music was terrible. But the cake was amazing! It was actually two cakes, one on top of the other.
W: Wow! Did the party finish late?
M: I think so. I left at ten but Alex said most people didn’t leave until half past eleven.
W: Why did you leave early?
M: My parents couldn’t pick me up and I didn’t want to walk home. So I had to take the ten fifteen bus home.
W: Martin, we really must decide where we want to go this summer. I’ve always wanted to visit France. Why don’t we drive through France the first week and then, down, into Italy for the second?
M: That’s a great idea. When we get to the bottom of Italy we could go on the ferry to one of the Greek islands.
W: But if we stay in the north of Italy, we could drive into Switzerland and see that for our third week.
M: OK. Let’s go up into Switzerland and then we could drive back into Italy and continue driving down to southern Italy where we could catch the ferry to one of the Greek islands for our fourth week. I’d love to go to Rhodes.
W: Then from Rhodes, how about getting another ferry and spending our fifth week in Turkey? From there we could drive back up through ex-Yugoslavia, into France and then into England.
M: Before coming back into England there are Germany and Austria, too. But I don’t think we can see all these places in six weeks, can we?
W: No, not really. So let’s spend our last week on the west coast of England, driving around Cornwall.
M: It all sounds wonderful.
W: OK, everyone. Today’s presentation is by Nathan. Start when you’re ready, Nathan.
M: OK. Hello, everyone. Our presentation is called A smaller world and it’s about technology and cultural change. The talk focuses on technology that makes the world smaller. First of all, can you imagine life without cars and planes? Before the invention of these means of transport, people could only travel by train or boat, and they couldn’t travel very fast. Now, with cars and planes, we can travel farther and faster. Some people even live in one country and work in another because they can fly to work. Before we move onto the next type of technology, it is important to remember that planes and cars do have their disadvantages. They can be dangerous and they cause a lot of pollution, and this also changes the way we live.
OK. Second, communications technology, like television and the Internet, certainly makes the world smaller. We stay in our house or office, but we can see news and shows from all around the world. With the Internet, we can write and chat to people all over the world. But nowadays, people spend more time using the technology than they do meeting other people. We’re spending more and more of our time in our houses, talking to strangers in other countries, than we are with our friends and neighbors. My grandmother could name all the people in her street, but I don’t even know the names of my neighbors.
W: OK. Thank you, Nathan, that was great.