Speaking IndependentTasks 口语独立题
Talkabout a new activity that you did which made you feel nervous at first.
Somethingnew I tried that made me feel nervous was ice skating. I grew up rollerbladingand watching ice hockey, but didn’t actually go ice skating until I wasthirteen. I had no idea if the fact that I could rollerblade would help me onthe ice or not. I also had super high expectations because I had seen whathockey players can do on the ice. I almost felt sick with anticipation beforestepping on the ice.
But that nervous feeling didn’t last forlong. I fell almost immediately. It’s a little strange, but that actually mademe feel better. I guess the worst part was just not knowing how well I’d do.Anyhow, I kept at it and now I’m great on the ice..
Some people think that libraries should be quiet because of study whileothers think that people could do some social activities and interactionsthere. Which do you think is better?
Yeah, of course libraries should be quiet. Definitely. Everywhere elsein the city is noisy. It’s noisy inside and outside. Libraries shouldn’t benoisy, too.
Lastweek I went to the library to do homework because it’s noisy at my house, butthere was a group of other kids talking and laughing the whole time. I was soangry! If I can’t go to the library to find some quiet, where can I go?
I mean, I get that students want a place for activities likestudy groups or something. But they can do that anywhere. Like, really,anywhere. Go to a coffee shop or even just sit outside somewhere. They don’tneed to come into the one place that’s supposed to be quiet.
WritingIndependent Task 写作独立题
If you need to take a course, whichprofessor's course would you like to take?
• a professor who was voted the mostpopular
• a professor who has just won anaward for outstanding research
The scenario asks me to choose between takinga course with the school’s most popular professor or with a professor whorecently won an award for their research. I suspect most would say they’dprefer to study under the professor who just won the award. I understand whythey might think that’s the better option, but they’re wrong. I’d prefer tostudy under the popular professor.
First off, the award-winning professor wonthat award for outstanding research. If the award were for outstandingteaching, then maybe I would consider taking that class. There’s a chance thatthe award-winning professor is one of those academics who is great at researchbut not great at helping others understand the subject. For example, I have afriend who always gets an “A” in every class, but he doesn’t have thecommunication skills to help others understand assignments. When he tries tohelp me, I end up more confused than when I started. Teaching is a skill, and Ican’t be sure that the professor who is good at research has that skill.
Meanwhile, there must be a reason whystudents like the popular teacher more. Sure, we could be cynical and assumethat students would favor a professor who gives them an easy workload. However,I like to give people more credit than that. Students are paying to learn, sothey’re passionate about their subjects. From my experience, students want aprofessor who will make class interesting by inspiring their passion andpreparing them for a career. Therefore, I think it’s a safe bet that theprofessor who won the “most popular” vote would be the teacher with the bestteaching skills.
On top of that, the class with the popularteacher is likely to have the most motivated classmates. Popular classes fillup fast, and so the students who get into those classes are the students whodedicated time into researching the best professors and who made sure they werefirst in line to register for classes. Motivated classmates can take a goodclass and make it great. They make class discussions more valuable, groupprojects more productive, and they’re always up for study groups.
In short, the most important skills for ateacher is, of course, teaching. Award-winning research is great, but itdoesn’t guarantee good teacher. The popular professor has proven to teach welland is more likely to have a class full of motivated students. That’s the classI’d choose.