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From this cartoon, we clearly see that the student isasking his teacher about whether or not he can usesome tech support to figure out the problem in hismath class. What’s behind the cartoon is the factthat nowadays students become increasinglydependent on technological devices to help themwith their school work.

In my opinion, with the advances in technology,students can learn more efficiently. First of all,technology provides infinite resources for learning. When our parents were students, theycould only learn from their teachers, while nowadays, we can learn much more from theInternet. Second, it’s more convenient to learn with tech support. For example, I got enrolledin a Spanish class in an online school called Hujiang Online Class. All it requires is a PC or asmartphone, and I can learn the lectures anytime and anywhere. Lastly, it’s more economicalto learn online. Besides the courses, free Apps are also easily accessible.

As for me, tech support has become an important part in my daily study. I will continue to learnin this way, and I believe that we can learn more efficiently if we are able to utilize thetechnologies around us.


The comic is an ironical illustration that it is unadvisable to search for a shortcut to learning.The student tries to find a book about how to do well in school without studying in the library,only to be told that it is unrealistic and impractical.

The discussion of whether there is a shortcut to learning is essentially the requesting for asupreme learning method – a panacea every learner wishes for. In my opinion, the shortcut tolearning does exist. It is the combination of diligence and intelligence. As Thomas Edisonsays, “Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration.”

On one hand, hard work is the premise and prerequisite for achieving academic success.Even the most resourceful ones have to devote their time studying and reading, becauseknowledge does not go automatically into the brain. All efforts will be futile if we idle away ourtime.

On the other hand, it is undeniable that there are ways to improve learning efficiency,especially with the support of technology like the Internet. Better learners are always the oneswith cleverer learning skills.

To sum up, only when we diligently and skillfully can we achieve academic success.


1. B. The man should get a pair of new shoes.

2. A. The woman will skip Dr. Smith’s lecture to help the man.

3. D. The speakers and Steve used to be classmates.

4. C. In a boat.

5. B. 9:50.

6. A. She does not like John at all.

7. D. He is trapped in a terrible traffic jam.

8. A. She is good at repairing things.


Conversation 1

M: A recent case I heard was of a man accused and found guilty of breaking into a house andstealing some money.

W: Well, was he really guilty, judge?

M: He admitted that he’d done it, and there were several witnesses saying that he had indeeddone it. So I can only assume that he was guilty.

W: Why did he do it?

M: Well, the reasons were little muddied, probably at least it seemed in a trial that he did it toget some money to feed his family. You see, he’d been out of work for some time.

W: Well, he’d been out of work and he chose to break into a house to get money for his familyand apparently in front of people that, err... could see him do it.

M: His attorney presented testimony that he had indeed applied for jobs and was listed withseveral employment agencies, including the state employment agency, but they weren’t anyjobs.

W: And he had no luck!

M: He had no luck and it’d been some time. He had two children and both of them were needingfood and clothing.

W: So he was in desperate circumstances. Did you sentence him?

M: Yes.

W: But what good does it do to put the man into jail when he’s obviously in such need?

M: This particular fellow has been in prison before.

W: For the same thing?

M: No, for a different sort of crime.

W: Huh?

M: But he did know about crime, so I suppose there are folks that just have to go back toprison several times.

9. What did the judge say about the case he recently heard?

10. What do we learn about the man at the time of crime?

11. What did the judge say about the accused?


Many foreign students are attracted not only to the academic programs at a particular U.S.college but also to the larger community, which affords the chance to soak up the surroundingculture. Few foreign universities put much emphasis on the cozy communal life thatcharacterizes American campuses from clubs and sports teams to student publications anddrama societies. “The campus and the American university have become identical in people’sminds,” says Brown University President Vartan Gregorian. “In America it is assumed that astudent’s daily life is as important as his learning experience.”

Foreign students also come in search of choices. America’s menu of options—researchuniversities, state institutions, private liberal-arts schools, community colleges, religiousinstitutions, military academies—is unrivaled. “In Europe,” says history professor JonathanSteinberg, who has taught at both Harvard and Cambridge, “there is one system, and that is it.” While students overseas usually must demonstrate expertise in a specific field, whether lawor philosophy or chemistry, most American universities insist that students sample natural andsocial sciences, languages and literature before choosing a field of concentration.

Such opposing philosophies grow out of different traditions and power structures. In Europeand Japan, universities are answerable only to a ministry of education, which sets academicstandards and distributes money.

While centralization ensures that all students are equipped with roughly the same resourcesand perform at roughly the same level, it also discourages experimentation. “When theymake mistakes, they make big ones,” says Robert Rosenzweig, president of the Association ofAmerican Universities. “They set a system in wrong directions, and it’s like steering asupertanker.”

16. What does the speaker say characterizes American campuses?

17. What does Brown University president Vartan Gregorian say about students' daily life?

18. In what way is the United States unrivaled according to the speaker?

19. What does the speaker say about universities in Europe and Japan?


Hello, ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard your Sea-link ferry from Folkestone to Boulogneand wish you a pleasant trip with us. We are due to leave Folkestone in about five minutes anda journey to Boulogne will take approximately two hours. We are getting good reports of theweather in the Channel and in France, so we should have a calm crossing. Sun andtemperatures of 30 degrees celsius are reported on the French coast. For your convenienceon the journey, we'd like to point out that there ar e a number of facilities available on board.There's a snack bar serving sandwiches and hot and cold refreshments situated in the front ofA deck. There is also a restaurant serving hot meals situated on B deck. If you need to changemoney or cash travelers' checks, we have a bank on board. You can find a bank on C deck.Between the ship's office and the duty free shop, toilets are situated on B deck at the rear ofthe ship and on A deck next to the snack bar. For the children, there's a games room on C decknext to the duty free shop. Here children can find a variety of electronic games. Passengers arereminded that the lounge on B deck is for the sole use of passengers traveling with cars andthat there is another lounge on C deck at the front of the ship for passengers traveling withoutcars. Finally, ladies and gentlemen, we'd like to wish you a pleasant journey and hope that you'lltravel with us again in the near future.

20. What does the speaker say about the Sea-link ferry?

21. Where is the snack bar situated?

22. What does the speaker say about the lounge on B deck?


On Christmas Eve in 1994, humans entered a cave in the mountains of southeastern France forwhat was probably the first time in 20,000 years. The vivid images of more than 300 animalsthat Jean-Marie Chauvet and his assistants found on the cave walls were like none that they hadseen before. Unusual in the Grotte Chauvet, as the cave is now called in honor of its discoverer,are paintings of many flat sheeting animals. Other known caves from the same geographicalarea and time period contain only paintings of plantites. The paintings in this cave refute theold theory that Cro-Magnoon people painted animals that they hunted and then ate. Now manyspecialists believe that cave paintings were not part of a ritual to bring good luck to hunters.They point out that while deer made up a major part of their diet, there're no drawings of deer.They believe that the animals painted were those central to the symbolic and spiritual life ofthe times; animals that represented something deep and spiritual to the people. Scientists arehopeful that Groo Chavie will yield new information about the art and lifestyle of Cro-Magnoonpeople. They readily admit, however, that little is understood yet as to the reasons why ice ageartists created their interesting and detailed paintings. Scientists also wonder why somepaintings were done in areas that are so difficult to get to, in caves, for example, that are 2,400feet underground, and accessible only by crawling through narrow passageways.

23. How did the cave get its name?

24. What is the old theory about the paintings in the cave?

25. What do scientists readily admit according to the speaker?


If you are attending a local college, especially one without residence halls, you'll probably live athome and commute to classes. This arrangement has a lot of advantages. It's cheaper. Itprovides a comfortable and familiar setting, and it means you'll get the kind of home cookingyou're used to instead of the monotony (单调) that characterizes even the best institutionalfood.

However, commuting students need to go out of their way tobecome involved in the life of theircollege and to take special steps to meet their fellow students. Often, this means a certainamount of initiative on your part in seeking out and talking to people in your classes whom youthink you might like.

One problem that commuting students sometimes face is their parents' unwillingness torecognize that they're adults. The transition from high school to college is a big one, and ifyou live at home you need to develop the same kind of independence you'd have if you wereliving away. Home rules that might have been appropriate when you were in high school don'tapply. If your parents are reluctant to renegotiate, you can speed the process along by lettingyour behavior show that you have the responsibility that goes with maturity. Parents are morewilling to acknowledge their children as adults when they behave like adults. If, however,there's so much friction at home that it interferes with your academic work, you might wantto consider sharing an apartment with one or more friends. Sometimes this is a happy solutionwhen family tensions make everyone miserable.
























56 A) Books on excellence.

57 C) They more or less fall into the same stereotype.

58 B) It bases its detailed analysis on large amounts of data.

59 A) Focus on quality and revenue.

60 B) It has little to offer to businesspeople.

61. A) Its comfortable campus life.

62. A) Improve their learning environment.

63. C) Refrain from making promises they cannot honour.

64. B) Whether it is able to deliver what they want.

65. D) They are unique one way or another.


自从1978年启动改革以来,中国已从计划经济转为以市场为基础的经济,经历了经济和社会的快速发展。平均10%的GDP增长已使 五亿多人脱贫。联合国的“千年(millennium)发展目标”在中国均已达到或即将达到。目前,中国的第十二个五年规划强调发展服务业和解决环境及社会不平衡的问题。政府已设定目标减少污染,提高能源效率,改善得到教育和医保的机会,并扩大社会保障。中国现在7%的经济年增长目标表明政府是在重视生活质量而不是增长速度。

Since the reform in 1978, China has developed from a planned economy to a market-basedeconomy, experienced rapid economic and social development. An average of 10 percent ofGDP growth has helped leading more than five hundred million people out of poverty. TheUnited Nations “millennium development goals” have reached or are about to reach in China. Atpresent, China's Twelfth Five-Year Plan emphasizes the development of services and solutionsto environmental and social imbalances. The Government has set a target to reduce pollution,improve energy efficiency and improve access to education and health care, and extend socialsupport network. The current 7% annual economic growth target of China demonstrates thatthe government attaches great importance to the quality of life rather than the growth rate.





China will strive to ensure that by 2015 employees have received 13.3 years of education. Ifthis goal can be achieved, the majority of people entering the labor market are required toobtain a university degree in the future.

In the next few years, China will focus on increasing the enrollment of College Admissions: Inaddition to attaching importance to higher education, China will also make new breakthroughsto guarantee a more equal education system. China is trying to make optimal use ofeducational resources so that rural and underdeveloped areas will get more support.

The Ministry of Education has decided to improve student nutrition in underdeveloped areas,and to provide equal education opportunity for children of migrant workers in cities.

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