漳州一中 2012～2013 学年上学期期末考 高三年英语科试卷
考试时间：120 分钟；满分：150 分
第一部分 听力（共两节。满分 30 分） 第一节（共 5 小题；每小题 1.5 分, 满分 7.5 分） 听下面 5 段对话， 每段对话后有一个小题, 从题中所给的 A、 C 三个选项中选出最佳选项, B、 并标在试卷的相应位置。听完每段对话后, 你都有
10 秒钟的时间来回答有关小题和阅读下 一小题，每段对话仅读一遍。 1. What does the man want? A. A door. B. A key. C. Milk. 2. What is the woman doing? A. Taking a picture. B. Enjoying a fountain. C. Climbing mountains. 3. What advice does the woman give the man? A. Run fast. B. Take mild exercise. C. Run slowly for long. 4. What are the speakers mainly talking about? A. A ghost. B. A film. C. A story. 5. What is the man most probably? A. A policeman. B. A teacher. C. A doctor. 第二节（共 15 小题。每小题 1.5 分，满分 22.5 分） 听第 6 段材料,回答第 6 至 7 题。 6. What are the speakers doing? A. Preparing for a meal B. Doing some shopping. C. Talking about a recipe. 7. What do the speakers need to buy? A. Cheese and potatoes. B. Onions and pepper. C. Mushrooms and butter. 听第 7 段材料, 回答第 8 至 9 题。 8. What is the party for? A. John's birthday. B. Christmas. 9. What do we know about the man? A. He'll go to the party with the woman. B. He has told Anna to keep a secret. C. He looks forward to visiting the woman. 听第 8 段材料, 回答第 10 至 12 题。 10. Who is making the telephone call? A. Lewis Brothers. B. Oliver Martin. 11. What has the man failed to receive? A. The pricelists. B. The brochures. 12. When did the man place the order? A. About 15 days ago. B. About 30 days ago.
C. John's wedding.
C. Mark Hanson. C. The invitation cards. C. About 40 days ago.
听第 9 段材料, 回答第 13 至 16 题。 13. What is the relationship between the speakers? A. Teacher and student. B. Grandpa and Granddaughter. C. Boss and secretary. 14. What does the man think of the typewriter? A. Slow. B. Unreliable. 15. What once caused the loss of papers? A. There was a power cut B. The battery ran down. C. The computer was broken. 16. What did the man use to finish his paper? A. A typewriter. B. A word processor.
C. A computer.
听第 10 段材料, 回答第 17 至 20 题。 17. What is the talk about? A. Spoken English. B. Practical English. C. Listening Comprehension. 18. How many activities does the speaker mention? A. Two. B. Three. C. Four. 19. Why does the speaker recommend reading books? A. It is a popular way to improve one’s English. B. It is interesting and books have different levels. C. It is the most beneficial to English learning. 20. What does the speaker think of watching the news in English? A. It is too boring to secondary school students. B. It is more useful to advanced English learners. C. It can help students learn how to use body language. 第二部分 英语知识运用（共两节, 满分 45 分） 第一节 单项填空（共 15 小题；每小题 1 分, 满分 15 分） 21. —Would she mind playing against her former teammates? — ________ She is willing to play against any tough players. A. I think so. B. Not likely! C. Of course. D. I’m not surprised. 22. —Who is making so much noise in the garden? —_______ the children. A. There are B. It is C. That is D. They are 23. Although the small room is __________the large one, it is more beautifully decorated. A. one-third the size of B. the one-third size of C. the size of one-third D. one-third of the size 24. If transport costs ______into consideration at the beginning, the factory would have been built far from its present place. A. will be taken B. were taken C. had been taken D. were being taken 25. Peace and development remain the permanent themes of our times, ____ the world we live in is anything but quiet. A. and B. if C. so D. but
26. I have been keeping the photo of my daughter ________ I can see it easily every day. A. which B. where C. when D. in which 27. — Has he started off? He said that he would come here. — He_________. He is a man who keeps his word. A. must have set off B. would have set off C. can’t set off D. won’t set off 28. __herself by a table, the elegant woman asked the waiter for a glass of orange politely. A. To seat B. Seat C. Seated D. Seating 29. His ___________to become a pilot was held back by his poor eyesight. A. destination B. inspiration C. ambition D. promotion 30. South Korean star PSY’s “Gangnam Style” has become one of the most popular videos online and is easily _______. A. available B. abundant C. adaptable D. admirable 31. — Tom has played a lot of computer games recently. — Yes, that might _______ his failure in his monthly exam. A. answer for B. apply for C. account for D. stand for 32. As far as love is concerned, nothing can take its place compared with ________to children from parents. A. it B. that C. this D. one 33. Jack is a man of strange character, ________he suffers a lot. A. whom B. for whom C. by which D. from which 34. It can’t be denied that the Diaoyu Islands are _______ part of China and what some Japanese have done recently is actually _______ offence against Chinese people. A. a; / B. a; the C. the; / D. /; an
35. Three Long Island families forced to move by Hurricane Sandy have been _______ in fancy Manhattan apartments ever since free of charge. A. put away B. put out C. put up D. put off 第二节 完型填空（共 20 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 30 分） 阅读下面短文，掌握其大意，然后从 36-55 各题所给的四个选项中，选出最佳选项。 Love in a Box When I was a little girl, I found love in a box all because of a class assignment. On a Friday night I 36 at the dinner table, “My teacher said we have to bring a box, a special box, for our valentines on Monday”. Mother said, “We’ll see,” and she continued eating. What did “We’ll see” mean? I had to have that box, 37 my second grade Valentine’s Day would be a disaster. Maybe they didn’t love me enough to help me with my 38 . All Saturday I waited 39 and with Sunday arriving, my concern increased. However, I 40 that an enquiry about the box would 41 anger or loud voices, for in my house children only asked once. More than that 42 trouble. Late Sunday afternoon, my father called me into the kitchen. The table was covered with different kinds of colorful 43 . A (n) 44 shoebox rested on top of it. 45 flooded through me when Daddy said, “Let’s get started 46 your project.”
In the next hour my father 47 the shoebox into an impressive valentine box. Colorful paper covered the ugly cardboard with red hearts 48 to what I considered all the right places. He sang while he worked. When he finished, he was so delighted that a 49 smile spread across his face. “What do you think of that?” he asked. I answered him with a hug. But inside, 50 danced all the way to my heart. It was the first time that my father had devoted so much 51 to me, for his world consisted only of work. The holiday party arrived, and my classmates put cards and presents into the valentine boxes. Laughter filled our classroom until dismissal（解散） time 52 . On the way home, I held out my valentine box for the world to 53 . The love that filled it meant more to me than all the valentines inside. The valentine box became a symbol of his love that 54 through decades of other Valentine’s Days. My father gave me other gifts through the years, but none 55 compared with the love I felt within the limits of the old, empty shoebox. 36. A. announced B. appeared C. served D. sat 37. A. and B. but C. or D. so 38. A. design B. plan C. idea D. project 39. A. sadly B. anxiously C. disappointedly D. patiently 40. A. found B. realized C. knew D. imagined 41. A. start B. cause C. mark D. produce 42. A. invited B. took C. saved D. had 43. A. boxes B. gifts C. paper D. food 44. A. new B. big C. attractive D. empty 45. A. Relaxation B. Relief C. Cheer D. Calm 46. A. by B. at C. in D. on 47. A. folded B. packed C. changed D. pressed 48. A. joined B. attached C. linked D. connected 49. A. slight B. brief C. broad D. confident 50. A. joy B. fun C. interest D. amusement 51. A. money B. time C. support D. hope 52. A. reached B. set C. spent D. came 53. A. accept B. respect C. admire D. recognize 54. A. carried B. kept C. spread D. lasted 55. A. ever B. even C. yet D. still 第三部分 阅读理解（共 20 小题；每小题 2 分, 满分 40 分） A It's common for parents to feel emotional when the moment comes for their child to leave home and go to university. Even parents who don't speak about the event are likely to feel a sense of sadness because it’s the end of an era where you and your family were at the centre of your child's world. As a parent you’ll probably continue to support your child in different ways, but the main job of raising your child is over. It's a huge change for everyone involved. There are a few things that you can do to make the transition easier. Plan carefully for your child's departure and think about how you can help. Many parents take their child to university
for the first time. If you decide to do that, be ready to feel a real wrench when the time comes to say goodbye. Your child will probably be as nervous as you are about the moment when you finally say goodbye – but that might not show! Be positive and cheerful about the choice your child has made to continue studying, and plan to leave once you've unpacked the car and looked around your child's new living accommodations. If you can, save your tears for the car – you'll make things easier on your child and yourself. The more you've invested in being a parent, the more you'll feel a sense of loss, so the sadness you feel now is a sign that you've been a good mom or dad. Remind yourself that parenting is all about raising an independent and confident child who functions well without you. If your child quickly settles and starts enjoying himself, you should congratulate yourself. It's also only fair to allow yourself some time to grieve（悲痛）. Don't expect to pick yourself up and move on straight away. But you may decide to find a hobby or sport to fill your extra time. Perhaps you've always wanted to learn a new language, go to yoga classes or take up swimming. You may decide to spend more time with family and close friends, who are likely to be feeling the absence of your child as well. Agree on the best approach to staying in touch before your child leaves, and stick to your agreement. Try not to panic if your child doesn't respond immediately – remember, they're starting a new and busy life. 56. Why do parents feel sad when their child leaves home for college? A. Because the absence of their child makes them feel lonely. B. Because their children will start a new life in college. C. Because it means the end of love between parents and their child. D. Because they are no longer the main focus of their children’s life. 57. The underlined word “wrench” in Paragraph 2 means a feeling of ________. A. sorrow B. regret C. anger D. love 58. What does good parenting consist of? A. Supporting your child in different ways all the time. B. Congratulating yourself when your child goes to college. C. Preparing your child to stand on their own feet in the future. D. Investing as much as possible in the growth of your child. 59. What’s NOT advised as the way to recover from your child’s departure? A. Developing a new hobby or sport. B. Learning a new language. C. Spending more time with close friends. D. Staying in touch with your child. 60. What would be an appropriate title for the whole passage? A. Staying in Touch with Your Child B. Preparing to Say Goodbye to Your Child C. Dealing with Your Child Leaving Home for University D. Life after Your Child Has Left Home for University B Ask most people how they define the American Dream and chances are they’ll say, “Success.” The dream of individual opportunity has been present in America since Europeans discovered “The New World” in the Western Hemisphere. Early immigrants like Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur highly praised the freedom and opportunity to be found in this new land. His
enthusiastic descriptions of a classless society where anyone could attain success through honesty and hard work fired the imaginations of many European readers. In Letters from an American Farmer (1782) he wrote, “We are all excited at the spirit of an industry which is unfettered （无拘无束的） and unrestrained, because each person works for himself … We have no princes, for whom we toil （干苦力活）, starve, and bleed. We are the most perfect society now existing in the world.” The promise of a land where “the rewards of a man’s industry follow with equal steps the progress of his labor” drew poor immigrants from Europe and fueled national expansion into the western lands. Our national historical story is full of illustration of the American success story. For instance, Benjamin Franklin was the very model of the self-educated, self-made man, who rose from modest origins to become a well-known scientist, philosopher, and statesman. In the nineteenth century, Horatio Alger, a writer of fiction for young boys, became American’s best-selling author with his rags-to-riches tales. The idea of success impressed us: we spend millions every year reading about the rich and famous, learning how to “make a fortune in real estate 房地产） with （ no money down,” and “dressing for success.” The story of success has even affected our personal relationships: today it’s as important to be “successful” in marriage or parenthoods as it is to come out on top in business. But dreams easily turn into nightmares. Every American who hopes to “make it” also knows the fear of failure, because the story of success implies comparison between the haves and the have-nots, the stars and the unknown crowd. Under pressure of the story, we become lost in status symbols: we try to live in the “right” neighborhoods, wear the “right” clothes, and eat the “right” foods. These symbols of distinction assure us and others that we believe strongly in the fundamental equality of all, yet try as hard as we can to separate ourselves from our fellow citizens. 61. What is the nature of the American Dream according to Crevecoeur? A. People are free to develop their power of imagination. B. People who are honest and work hard can succeed. C. People are free from being used and treated badly. D. People can fully enjoy individual freedom. 62. By saying “the rewards of a man’s industry follow with equal steps the progress of his labor”, the author means __________ . A. the more hard-working one is, the bigger his returns are B. hard work ensures the growth of an industry C. a man’s business should be developed step by step D. a company’s success depends on its employees’ hard work 63. It can be inferred from the last sentence of Paragraph 2 that _________. A. business success often contributes to a successful marriage B. Americans wish to succeed in every aspect of life C. good personal relationships lead to business success D. successful business people provide good care for their children 64. What is the paradox（矛盾）of American culture according to the author of the passage? A. The American road to success is full of nightmares. B. Status symbols are not a real symbol of a person’s wealth.
C. The American Dream is nothing but an empty dream. D. What Americans fight for often disagrees with their beliefs. C Tess still stood hesitating like a swimmer about to make his dive, hardly knowing whether to return or move forward, when a figure came out from the dark door of the tent. It was a tall young man, smoking． He had an almost black face, though red and smooth. His moustache was black with curled points, though he could not be more than twenty-three or-four. There was all unusual force in his face, and in his daring rolling eyes. “Well, my beauty, what can I do for you?” said he, coming forward. And seeing that she was quite at a loss: “Never mind me, I am Mr. D’Urbervilles. Have you come to see me or my mother?” This differed greatly from what Tess had expected. She had dreamed of an aged and dignified face. She tried to keep calm and answered —“I came to see your mother, sir.” “I am afraid you cannot see her —she is ill in bed,” replied the representative of the house; for this was Mr. Alec, the only son of the noble family. “What is the business you wish to see her about?” “It isn’t business — it is —I can hardly say what!” “Pleasure?” “Oh no. Why, sir, if I tell you, it will seem…” Tess’s sense of a certain ridicule was now so strong that despite her general discomfort at being here, her rosy lips curved （弯曲） towards a smile, much to the attraction of the young man. “It is so foolish,” she stammered（结结巴巴地说）; “I fear I can’t tell you!” “Never mind; I like foolish things. Try again, my dear,” said he kindly. “Mother asked me to come,” Tess continued; “and, indeed, I was in the mind to do so myself. But I did not think it would be like this. I came, sir, to tell you that we are of the same family as you.” “Ho! Poor relations?” “Yes.” “Stokes?” “No; d’Urbervilles.” “Ay, ay; I mean d’Urbervilles.” “Our names are worn away to Durbeyfield; but we have several proofs that we are d’Urbervilles. The local scholars hold the view that we are, …and…and we have an old seal （印章） and a silver spoon marked with the same castle as yours. So mother said we ought to make ourselves known to you, as we’ve lost our horse by a bad accident; we can hardly make a living.” “Very kind of your mother, I’m sure.” Alec looked at Tess as he spoke, in a way that made her uneasy.” And so, my pretty girl, you’ve come on a friendly visit to us, as relations?” “I suppose I have,” looking less confident and uncomfortable again. “Well— there’s no harm in it. Where do you live? What are you?” — Tess of the d’Urbervilles By Thomas Hardy 65. How does Tess feel in the whole course of the meeting with Alec? A. Excited and hopeful B. Nervous and uncomfortable C. Surprised but comfortable D. Pleased but embarrassed
66. In the eyes of Tess, Alec is ________. A. forceful and daring B. unfriendly and talkative C. a gentle and reliable man D. older than she had expected 67. Why does Tess pay the visit to the d’Urbervilles? A. To see Alec himself． B. To see Alec’s mother. C. To confirm that they are of the same family. D. To make known their relationship and seek help． 68. Alec appears quite friendly to Tess mainly because ________. A. Tess is his distant relation B. Tess looks polite to him C. Tess is a pretty girl D. Tess looks ridiculous D
Grasshoppers(蚱蜢) that live in noisy urban environments may have to change their song, a study has found. Researchers suggest that high levels of background noise may affect the grasshoppers’ mating（动物交配）process. They say the insects are forced to increase the volume of the low-frequency（低频）sections of their call. Results of the study, by scientists from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, are published in the journal Functional Ecology. The research, which shows traffic noise could upset bow-winged grasshoppers’ mating system, is the first of its kind, according to lead researcher Ulrike Lampe. “Effects of man-made noise on communication has only been studied with vertebrates(脊 椎动物), so far," said Ms Lampe, a PhD student at the University of Bielefeld’s Department of Evolutionary Biology. The scientists caught 188 male bow-winged grasshoppers from noisy roadsides and quiet rural locations. According to Ms Lampe: "Bow-winged grasshoppers are a good model organism（生物体） to study sexual selection because females can respond to male loving songs with their own low-frequency signal, if they are attracted to a male song." The grasshoppers produce their mating call by rubbing a toothed file（锉刀） on their hind-legs against a vein（血管）that is located on their front wings. The male’s song consists of short phrases of two to three seconds. The first part of the call consists of slower ticking sounds that increase in speed, leading to a buzzing sound towards the end of the phrase. In order to stimulate the males to begin mating calls, scientists exposed the males to a female and recorded the results in the laboratory. The team then analyzed the differences between the results of each group of grasshoppers. “Results showed that compared to males from rural locations, urban grasshoppers shift the frequency peak of the lower part of their spectrum(频谱) upwards," Ms. Lampe explained. This would make sense to avoid low-frequency noise, as traffic noise could mask signals in that part of the frequency spectrum. The team’s findings demonstrate that traffic noise could be upsetting the grasshopper’s mating system." Increased noise levels could affect grasshopper courtship （求爱） several ways," commented Ms. in Lampe. "It could prevent females from hearing male loving songs properly, prevent females from recognizing males of their own species, or impair females’ ability to estimate how attractive a
male is from his song." 69. What is the usage of the grasshoppers’ songs? A. To make our urban hear better. B. To attract the mate grasshoppers. C. To fight against the urban noise. D. To attract the female grasshoppers. 70. How did scientist prove their conclusion? A. By using statistics. B. By arguing a topic. C. By quoting person’s theory. D. By comparing the results. 71. What does the underlined word “mask” mean? A. Cover. B. Affect. C. Prevent. 72. What can be inferred from the passage? A. Urban environment affects some animal lives. B. Urban grasshoppers have to change their tune. C. Grasshoppers shift the peak of spectrum. D. Grasshoppers don’t like living in noisy urban areas. E
Apple iPad Mini Wi-Fi 16 GB - Black & Slate $329 online 71 reviews October 2012 - Apple - Handheld - 16 GB - iOS - Wi-Fi Only - 7.9 inch - With Camera - 10.9 ounces（1 pound =16 ounces） With a touch screen and the ability to take an awesome 360-degree picture from the top of a mountain, its 7.9-inch display more than measures up to the complete iPad experience. View web pages. See where you are and what's around you using online maps. Flick（浏览） through your photos and watch videos in vivid detail. And wave hello to the family on a video call. With the same LED backlight technology and the same fast, fluid performance that the iPad is known for, the iPad Mini doesn't disappoint customers. And with automatic shake-resistant video, your videos are instantly ready to share. Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16 GB – Black $350 online 2,564 reviews March 2011 - Apple - Handheld - 16 GB - iOS - Wi-Fi Only - 9.7 inch - With Camera - 10 hour battery -1.32 pounds This device has two cameras, a dual-core（双核） A5 chip, and the same battery life – all in a thinner, lighter Multi-Touch design. It makes surfing the Web, checking email, watching movies, and reading books feel natural. LED backlighting makes everything you see remarkably vivid and bright. With every turn of the device (even upside down), the display adjusts to fit. It has a wide, 178° viewing angle. Apple iPad 1 Wi-Fi 32 GB $600 online 454 reviews May 2010 - Apple - Handheld - 32 GB - iOS - Wi-Fi Only - 9.7 inch 1.5 pounds Apple iPad 1 Wi-Fi is a magical and revolutionary product and the best way to experience the web, email, photos, and video. Taking advantage of the large
multi-touch screen and advanced capabilities of the iPad, you can do things that you can't do on any other device. The high-resolution（分辨率）, 9.7-inch LED-backlit display on the iPad is remarkably vivid. Thin and light and with a wide viewing angle, it automatically locates available Wi-Fi networks. 73. According to the advertisement, which of the following statements is TRUE? A. The Apple iPad 2 has a single core and 360-degree viewing angle. B. The Apple iPad Mini can store as much information as the Apple iPad 2 can. C. The Apple iPad Mini’s performance is disappointing compared to that of others. D. The Apple iPad 1 is the oldest, the most expensive and the smallest of all three. 74. According to the advertisement, which one probably attracts most attention? A. Apple iPad 2 B. Apple iPad Mini C. Apple iPad 1 D. Dual-Core A5 75. We know from the advertisement that____________ A. we can’t voice chat with friends using the Apple iPad Mini. B. we need to locate available Apple iPad 1Wi-Fi networks ourselves. C. with the Apple iPad Mini, your videos always remain relatively smooth. D. the Apple iPad 2 display only adjusts when the device is turned upside down. 第 II 卷 第二节 书面表达（满分 25 分） 中国作家莫言获得诺贝尔文学奖， 这引起了同学们的关注。 你们班同学就读什么书展开了讨 论，各抒己见。假设你是李华，请你将此次讨论的结果写成 120 个词左右的短文。 1. 读经典名著，奠定了良好的文学功底，对读者一生有巨大的影响； 2. 读畅销书，可以放松心情，紧跟时代。 注意：1.如实描述以上两种观点，并简要说明自己的观点； 2.可以适当增加细节，以使行文连贯； 3.开头已给出（不计入总词数） 。 What Should We Read? A heated discussion on “What Should We Read?” was held in our class… _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
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书面表达： One possible version: One possible version: A heated discussion on “What should We Read?” was held in our class. Many views were put forward by members of the class. Some think that the classics should be read because we can lay a good literary foundation and know more about the best parts of different cultures. In addition, the classics always affect the way people view the world. The opposite view, according to others, is that modern books are better because they are often written in a more entertaining style and keep us informed about life today. In my opinion we should read as many different types of books as we can so that we can gain a wide range of experiences. 听力：(Text l) W: I'm going to the grocery store. I've got to get some milk. M: Could you stop by the hardware store and get a new key made for the front door? (Text 2) M: I'd like to have the fountain as my background. Where should I stand? W: Could you stand back a bit? Now a little to the right. Ready. Say cheese. (Text3) W: You're running too fast. Running so fast is not good for people over forty. M: You're right. Mild exercise is more suitable for us. W: In fact, you must take it slowly for a longer time to burn up fat. (Text 4) M: Did you just see a ghost or something? You look frightened. W: I just saw the horror movie The Final Destination. It really scared me. M: Oh, I know it. Which part scared you most? W: My hair was standing on end the whole time. (Text 5) W: I'm very grateful for what you have done for my daughter. M: That's all right. That's my job. W: I know she has brought a lot of trouble to you. Thanks. M: No trouble at all. By the way, keep her in bed for two weeks. (Text 6) W: Now, have we got everything we need? M: Well, let's see. There are some onions and potatoes, but there aren't any mushrooms.
W: Are there any carrots? M: A few. But we don't need many, so that's OK. W: How much milk is there? M: Only a little. And there isn't any butter, and we haven't got much cheese. W: Well, we don't need much cheese. Is there anything else? M: No, not for Shepherd's Pie. We've got some salt and pepper, and there's a lot of flour. Would you like to help with the shopping? W: Yeah. (Text 7) M: Have you got the list of who's coming to the party? W: Yes, I do. And I've told them to keep the date a secret. John hates that kind of thing. Do you remember when he found out that we'd bought him a birthday cake last year, and that surprise Christmas party? He was angry. But this is different. Getting married is special and we've known him and Anna for years. M: Everyone's looking forward to it. I'll pick you up from the office and we'll drive there together, shall we? W: That'll be fine. Thanks. (Text 8) W: Good morning, Lewis Brothers. M: Hello, it’s Oliver Martin here. Can I speak to Mark Hanson? W: I’m afraid he isn't in the office now. Can I take a message? M: Yes, I’m phoning from Worldwide Holidays. I've made an order recently. Mark was dealing with it. There were several things, mainly brochures and pricelists. We've received those and they are fine. But we haven't got the invitation cards that were ordered. W: When did you order them? M: It was about half a month ago, I think. But it's rather urgent now. They're for a business reception at the end of the month. W: We're quite busy at the moment, but I'm sure he'll get them to you tomorrow. Is that OK? M: That's great! It was originally 30, but can you make that 40? W: Yes. Fine. (Text 9) M: Change the first part and make those corrections and your paper will be great. W: OK. Thanks for all your help, Professor Morgan. I'll e-mail my paper to you later today. M: You know, in high school I used to write my term papers on a typewriter. I was pretty fast, but I made some mistakes. Actually, the typewriters weren't that bad. Now, as for the first computers... oh my gosh! W: What do you mean? M: In those days, we used to use the ones at the university in the computer lab. I’ll never forget, one spring, during final exams, everybody was working on their term papers, and the electricity went out. W: So? No big deal... laptops have batteries ... M: Yes, but remember, in those days we didn't have laptops. If your computer crashed, you lost everything. Everybody lost their papers that afternoon ... including me. W: What did you do?
M: I went back to the good, old-fashioned way. W: You mean typewriters? M: No, the first word processor. (Text 10) M: Good morning everybody, today I would like to focus mainly on how to improve your English for practical purposes. In English, as in most languages, there are four main aspects of speaking, listening, reading and writing. I believe two activities can help all four of these. Firstly, reading the newspaper has always been noted to be able to help improve one's English. However, I personally feel that reading books is more useful. While newspaper reading can improve your English, I feel that it may be too boring to secondary school students. There are books written for advanced users, so I am of the opinion that books are better for students to improve their English. The second activity is watching the news. I know I just said the news is boring, but I think watching the news can be interesting to students. Another advantage of watching the news is that you can learn how to use body language while speaking I've also noticed that there are some English newspapers in Tokyo. This is the most beneficial to learners of English. I hope my speech has been helpful to all of you. Thank you for taking the time to listen.
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