1.Computers and Students
Students tend to use computers more and more nowadays. Reading this chart, we can find that the average number of hours a student spends on the computer per week has increased sharply. In 1990, it was less than 2 hours; and in 1995, it increased to almost 4 hours; while in 2000, the number soared to 20 hours.
Obviously computers are becoming more and more popular. There are several reasons for this. First, computers facilitate us in more aspects of life. Also, the fast development of the Internet enlarges our demands for using computers. We can easily contact with friends in remote places through the Internet. Besides, the prices of computers are getting lower and lower, which enables more students to purchase them.
Along with the time spent on computers, there arise some problems. The most serious one is that many students are spending so much time playing PC games so that they ignore their studies. It is urgent to let the students use computers in a proper way.
2、The Major of English in College
When it comes to which major you should choose, I propose that you apply for the major of English. To begin with, English is the most popular language in the world, which is widely used in all fields such as teaching, translation, foreign trade and so on. What′s more, it goes without saying that English majors are more likely to find a good job in the tighter and tighter job market.
In order to study at English Department, you have to meet the following requirements. In the first place, you have to spend a lot of time on it, just as the old saying goes, “Practice makes perfect”. In the second place, the basic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking are necessary, because they are the foundations for your future study. Last but not the least important, you need an intense interest in learning English since “interest is the best teacher.”
As far as the preparation work is concerned, you should first of all review all the required vocabulary. In addition, you′d better spend some time on reading and writing. Only through these measures can you hope to enroll in our university.
3、Education and Schooling
Education is much more open-ended and all-inclusive than schooling. Education knows no bounds. It can take place anywhere. It includes both the formal learning that takes place in schools and the whole universe of informal learning. Whereas schooling has a certain predictability, education quite often produces surprises. A chance conversation with a stranger may lead a person to discover how little is known of other religions. People are engaged in education from infancy on. Education is a lifelong process, a process that starts long before the start of school and one that should be an integral part of one′s entire life.
Schooling, on the other hand, is a specific, formalized process, whose general pattern varies little from one setting to the next. Throughout a country, children arrive at school at approximately the same time, take assigned seats, are taught by an adult, use similar textbooks, do homework, take exams, and so on. For example, high school students know that there not likely to find out in their classes the truth about political problems in their communities or what the newest filmmakers are experimenting with. There are definite conditions surrounding the formalized process of schooling.
然而，上学却是一个特定的形式化的过程。 在不同场合下，它的基本形式大同小异。在全国各地，孩子们几乎在同一时刻到达学校，坐在指定的座位上，由一位成年人传授知识，使用大致相同的教材，做作业， 考试等等。例如，高中生们知道，在课堂上他们没法弄清楚他们社区里政治问题的真情，也不会了解到最新潮的电影制片人在做哪些尝试。 学校教育这一形式化的过程是有特定的限制的。
Most people agree that creativeness is vital to a person in both his study and work because it has been found that most well-known scientists are creative in thinking. A student with creativeness is active in thinking and quicker in solving difficult problems. A creative engineer may speculate more deeply into a problem and achieve better outcome in his work.
Studies of creative people have found most of them are characterized with dynamic thinking and daring spirit. Unlike most people, creative people do not allow their minds to stay passive, accepting or unquestioning. Instead, they keep their curiosity burning and their minds working. Besides, creative people are bold in their conceptions about the world and the universe, and are more willing to entertain some unpopular ideas and more open to those challenging thoughts.
Cultivation of creativeness among students is an essential part of quality education. Students should form the habit of creative thinking in their school days if they want to gain more achievements in their study and be of more help to society in future.
Early in senior high school, we longed to be enrolled in a university. Now the dream has come true. But how do we college students like our campus life?
Certainly, some relish it, finding it colorful and rewarding. Besides study, they spend considerable amount of time improving themselves in various aspect. Yet others do not think much of their college life, thus do not benefit as much. In their eyes, the university is just a bigger high school. The only difference is that they have more time at their disposal without parents looking over their shoulder.
As to me, college life is ideal if only I have abundant books to read, some bosom friends to keep me company, a couple of conscientious professors to instruct me, and an easy access to the Internet.
6、What Causes a Boom in Celebrating Foreign Festivals
Believe it or not, these years have witnessed a boom in celebrating foreign festivals on the Chinese campus. According to an official report/survey, young people, especially college students, are showing more and more interest in such festivals as Valentine′s Day, April Fools′ Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
To get a better sense of the boom, it is necessary for us to find out its causes. A closer analysis of the phenomenon can find that three main factors are well worth our concern. In the first place, it is the product of students′ seeking after individuality and novelty, for which the college campus offers an ideal climate. In the second, it is seen, among the students, as an ideal way of freeing themselves from stress for the time being, since most college students, single child of each family, are subjected to the unprecedented pressures from all sides although they enjoy the abundance of material wealth. And above all, it is an inevitable result of more and more exchanges between Western and Eastern cultures. While the Chinese watch their children thirst for the joy derived from foreign festivals, in fact, the Americans are discussing whether or not to list the Chinese Spring Festival among their official holidays.
The effects of this change on our college life are positive. On the one hand, it has created more chances for students to gain a better insight into other cultures. On the other, it has enriched the college life, thus making the campus a more pleasant place to live on. With more and more health and color added to the trend, I firmly believe, it will certainly bring more benefits to our campus life in the time to come.
7、 Directions: You are a teacher. You are going to write a report to the parents of your pupil Wang Gang about his performance in school. In the report, you should mention:
(1)。 His performance in study,
(2)。 Your acknowledge of his parents′ cooperation,
(3)。 Areas in need of improvement.
Your child Wang Gang′s grades have been very high this year. I have been extremely pleased with his work. Although he didn′t do very well in the first year, he seems to find the second year easier. He is highly motivated. I think his excellent performance is probably due in part to the support he received from you, who I think take a lot of interest in his schoolwork and always help him with his homework.
However, Wang Gang doesn′t care much for sport and rarely takes part in after-school activities. He is very shy and finds it difficult to make friends at school. I wish Wang Gang would put as much effort into his social life as he does into his studies.
8、On Students Choosing Lecturers
Nowadays, some universities give students the right to choose who teaches some of their classes. This has led to some debate over whether students should be give this much power.
There are several factors that students consider when choosing a lecturer, including the teaching style of the lecturer, the lecturer′s academic background, and the lecturer′s reputation among students. The ideal lecturer is one who has an interesting teaching style, a diverse academic background, and a good reputation among students.
There are both positive and negative aspects to allowing students to choose their lecturers. Giving students the choice encourages them to take ownership for their classes, and also puts pressure on teachers to improve their teaching quality.
However, the factors that students consider might not be the ones that lead to the highest quality of education. Schools might end up with lecturers who teach interesting classes without much content.