作者：北美教学中心 托福口语组 王牧心
Do you prefer to be taught by experienced teachers or new teachers who have just finished their training?（重复2019.11.9下午）
Personally, I would prefer the new teacher. Firstly, they have up-to-date teaching style. Their class is usually carefully designed to combine the popular topics or current events for attracting students attention. Take my experience as an example, I’ve had a couple of English teachers, and I find that new teachers always use news and pop stars as examples to illustrate the theories and grammar rules, they could always make the classes more vivid and fun, also make it easier for students to memorize the rules in a casual atmosphere. Also, news teachers are often more patient with students, even they sometimes ask basic questions over and over again. I find this kind of teacher can always let my guard down, and I am more willing to discuss my study problems with them.
Some people like to keep old things, while others don’t. which one do you prefer? （重复2019.3.9线下原题）
Personally I really enjoy keeping all sorts of old things. I’m a very nostalgic person and for me keeping old things can help me hang on to certain memories. They give me insight into past times that I could never have had a chance experience which is really fun. One example I can remember is when my father gave me a stack of old magazine and comics from when he was growing up. I kept them because it helped me learn more about my father’s life, and his early influences that shaped his personality. I have become sort of addicted to collecting old things from family and relatives and I love sharing these items with friends and family. I guess you could say it’s become quite an obsession for me. I am actually running out of space to store all this stuff!
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The most important problems affecting our society today can be solved during your lifetime.
I would strongly disagree that the most important problems affecting our society today could be solved during out lifetime. I feel that in order to fix these major problems such as pollution, overcrowding and climate change; we need to change people’s way of thinking, behavior, and habits, which in my opinion is basically impossible. Many people do in fact know that these issues are serious problems that exist and they are aware of changes that they make in their own personal lifestyle, but they are simply too stubborn and stuck in their ways to change. Just look at all of the people in America that are still buying gas guzzlers! My friend recently bought one of those humongous SUVs that get terrible gas mileage and when I asked him if he knew how terrible they are for the environment he simply said, “The planet is already doomed, I’m just going to do what I want and enjoy my life however I want while I’m alive.”
Your university plans to restrict the use of the Internet to research only and to no longer allow access to personal e-mail and social media Web sites on library computers. Do you think this is a good idea? Explain why or why not.
I agree with the idea that students shouldn’t send personal E-mails or get on social media on library computers. I mean, study efficiency would be seriously decreased when there’s distraction. For example, two weeks ago, I was using the computer in my school’s library in order to get some references for the final project that I had been working on. But going through bunch of essays was so dull after a while, so I signed in my Facebook to check my friends’ latest updates. There were photos of food that they had recently, endless selfies and so on. To be honest, nothing was too interesting but I winded up wasting two hours on it. My plan for that afternoon was to collect all the stuff I needed for my final project, but apparently that didn’t happen because I got distracted.
Is television a good way to entertainment?
Personally speaking, I think watching TV is definitely a good way to relax and have fun. For example, last Saturday, I invited one of my best friends Tyler to come over and we watched stand-up comedy together on NetFlix. The stuff was so hilarious that we couldn’t stop giggling the whole night. You know, after a week of busy studying, it’s time to take a break and leave all the stress behind. Also, we were snacking and chatting while enjoying the show, it was nice to catch up after not seeing each other for a while. We ended up having a great laid-back evening, no rush, nothing serious but pure joy.
Some professors allow students who have not done well on graded assignments during a course to do additional assignments in order to improve their overall course grade. Do you think this is a good idea?
I would agree that it is indeed a good idea to allow students that have not done well on graded assignments during a course to do additional assignments in order to improve their overall course grade. In my opinion many subjects have very difficult assignments that not all students are very good at completing. I recall one class I had when I was in university that required us to create a complex survey on campus life and collect all kinds of data and create statistics and graphs about it all on a PPT. Now that may be simple for some students but for me it was an absolute nightmare and I seriously bombed the assignment. Luckily for me I was able to make up for it with an extra credit assignment given to us by the professor. That for me was a life saver and I think it is important to allow students to prove they can redeem themselves throughout a course if they just so happen to do poorly on certain homework that was assigned.