What is the man?
A. A doctor.B. A tailor.C. A waiter.
Where does the conversation take place?
A. At home.B. In the street.C. In a restaurant
What are the speakers going to do?
A. Do some cooking.B. Stop to eat.C. Go into a dining room.
What does the woman think of coming back by coach?
A. It’s comfortable.B. It’s expensive.C. It’s time-saving.
What’s the possible relationship between the speakers?
A. Teacher and student.B. Manager and secretary.C. Police officer and driver.
1.Why does the man thank the woman?
A. Because she has helped him a lot.
B. Because she has invited him for coffee.
C. Because she has agreed to see him on Monday.
2.When does the conversation take place?
A. Before class.B. After class.C. After work.
3.What’s the relationship between the speakers?
A. Classmates.B. Teacher and student.C. Relatives.
1.What does the man probably do?
A. A manager.B. A salesman.C. A cleaner.
2.What isn’t needed for his job?
A. Copying machine.B. Wax.C. Floor-polishing machine.
3.What’s the possible relationship between the speakers?
A. Employer and employee.B. Mother and son.C. Teacher and student.
1.What does the woman do in the group?
A. Play the violin.B. Play the piano.C. Sing for the group.
2.What can we learn from the conversation?
A. Glory David is the director of the group.
B. Glory David will direct at tomorrow’s concert.
C. Glory David will teach the man to play the violin.
3.When does the woman want the man to come?
A. This Wednesday.B. Next Wednesday.C. Tomorrow.
1.What is probably The Globe and Mail?
A. A TV show.B. A newspaper.C. A magazine.
2.When is American Idol on?
A. Every Thursday.B. Every Tuesday.C. Every other Tuesday.
3.Who is Jay Grymes?
A. An assistant professor.B. A director.C. A fan of a singing star.
1.When will the activity be organized?
A. On June 14th.B. On July 30th.C. On June 30th.
2.How many hours will the activity last?
A. Ten hours.B. Eleven hours.C. Eleven and a half hours.
3.Which of the following is wrong?
A. There are many kinds of tasty food.
B. You can enjoy three famous singers’ voices.
C. Money raised from ticket selling will be donated (捐赠).
—Philip! Hurry up!
—________. We still have half an hour before the movie begins.
A. It doesn’t matterB. Take your time
C. It’s up to youD. It’s a deal
The Greens moved back to the countryside in 20xx and ________ a happy and peaceful life there ever since.
A. are leadingB. leadC. ledD. have led
—We must think of ways to stop the boy students from playing video games in their dormitory.
—Sorry. ________. It’s too noisy in the office.
A. With pleasureB. I didn’t get that
C. It doesn’t matterD. That’s all right
Is there any possibility ________ scientists will find a planet like our earth in the near future?
A. thatB. whichC. whatD. whether
—Frequent lack of breakfast does harm to health.
—_________ , why do you always do that?
A. So whatB. If soC. If anyD. Even so
A lot of new wooden furniture, as well as some latest household appliances, ________ by the Smiths for their new house a week ago.
A. has been boughtB. have been bought
C. was boughtD. were bought
It is illegal for a public official to ask people for gifts or money ???? favors to them.
A. in preference toB. in place of
C. in agreement withD. in exchange for
The top leaders of the two countries are holding talks in a friendly_____.
A. atmosphereB. state
C. situationD. phenomenon
It ________ a lot of people that health is the most valuable thing rather than money when they hear the news that Li Yong died from cancer.
A. struckB. beatC. causedD. erupted
The construction work is progressing properly. ________, the bridge across the river will be open to traffic in ten months.
A. ThankfullyB. FortunatelyC. GraduallyD. Hopefully
Kathy ________ a lot of Chinese when she was working in Beijing during the summer vacation.
A. took upB. picked upC. brought upD. turned up
She was supposed ______ at home at the moment, but her mother found her in the park.
A. to be readingB. readC. readingD. to have read
Let’s get started ________ we ended yesterday so that we won’t miss anything.
A. whereB. whatC. whetherD. which
Tom took a taxi to the airport, only _____ his plane high up in the sky.
A. finding??? B. to find??? C. being found??? D. to have found
The volcano erupted and the lava poured down the mountain, ________ several villages.
A. buriedB. to buryC. buryingD. being buried
By the end of last month, some latest teaching equipment ________ to some high schools in Tibet.
A. has been sentB. was sent
C. had been sentD. would be sent
At first, Alice didn’t study well in our class, but she ________ topping in our class with great efforts.
A. picked upB. gave upC. ended upD. went up
We Chinese eat with chopsticks ______ most westerners eat with knives and forks.
A. forB. asC. whileD. when
There were many causes for his failure, but ________, it was because his carelessness and little preparation.
A. as a resultB. on the other hand
C. in a nutshellD. on the contrary
It was only after he had read the papers ________ Mr. Gross realized the task was extremely difficult to complete.
A. thatB. whenC. whichD. what
??? Are you going to school for something your parents pushed on you? Are you doing things just because others expect you to? I found many ____in my Life Coaching lessons. The biggest one some students are having is that they are living a life someone else has ____for them.
Why on earth would someone live a life that someone else wants for him? Usually, the main ___is his parents. When we’re growing up we must do what our parents want us to do. We really don’t have our own ____. The problem is that most parents are overly ____that they know what’s best for their children. Many parents ____their children to make certain educational ____. Some parents won’t ____their children’s college, unless the children learn ____what the parents decide.
Parents aren’t the only ones ____their ideas on my students. I have some students who are doing jobs they really ____, but their friends or relatives would not support them if they apply for a _____job they’d like better.
Are you allowing others to decide what life you are living now? If so, it is a ____.
Even if you are about to ____for college and you find that the only way your parents will pay school fees for you is that you choose Business, but you want to ____Art… And at this moment I don’t ___that you choose the major you have no ____. Follow your heart.
Remember, ____choose your major or job that you don’t like just because of others’ ideas. If you choose what you like, you will be a(n) ____ person and will positively influence others. Live the life you want from now on____you will get happiness.
1.A. studentsB. problemsC. examplesD. results
2.A. designedB. trainedC. introducedD. expressed
3.A. ruleB. reasonC. newsD. information
4.A. excusesB. complaintsC. wishesD. choices
5.A. excitedB. worriedC. confidentD. careful
6.A. expectB. allowC. agreeD. teach
7.A. challengesB. practicesC. experiencesD. achievements
8.A. turn toB. learn aboutC. pay forD. drop in
9.A. regularlyB. nearlyC. graduallyD. exactly
10.A. offeringB. placingC. dependingD. trying
11.A. hateB. enjoyC. appreciateD. accept
12.A. familiarB. similarC. differentD. terrible
13.A. mistakeB. chanceC. decisionD. character
14.A. sendB. lookC. headD. wait
15.A. refuseB. learnC. changeD. copy
16.A. rememberB. troubleC. mindD. suggest
17.A. interestB. explanationC. advantageD. preparation
18.A. sometimesB. neverC. oftenD. still
19.A. beautifulB. cleverC. happyD. honest
20.A. butB. andC. orD. although
Italian Language Immersion Class in Chicago, Illinois
FunImmersion Italian class at Language Stars in Illinois provides fun, full language immersion programs (全语言沉浸式教学) for children aged (1-10). Also: Spanish, French, German and Mandarin Chinese. Throughout their 3-hour class every day, the children take part in full-immersion activities, create art projects, sing and enjoy themselves all in Italian!
Teachers are the single greatest driver of the quality of our programs! Language Stars carefully selects our native-speaking Italian teachers, who have received extensive (广泛的) training before starting their teaching careers.
Language Stars makes learning a language fun, through a mix of games, songs, puppet shows, arts & crafts, cooking projects, treasure hunts, movement and drama, all in the foreign language. Our unique FunImmersion method is the best way for children to enjoy learning a foreign language.
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1.What do you know about the Language Stars?
A. Its teachers come from different countries throughout the world.
B. Children can spend 3 hours every week learning Italian.
C. It aims to teach children English through playing.
D. It provides language immersion programs for children.
2.It can be learned from the passage that ________.
A. learning a second language at a young age helps a kid to increase his or her learning ability
B. parents can attend all the classes together with their children
C. Language Immersion Programs are intended for children over 10
D. children can speak their native language when they are doing their activities
3.Which of the following is NOT mentioned in the passage?
A. Contact information.B. Accommodation.
C. Tuition.D. Courses and activities.
School days are supposed to be the best days of your life and part of that experience usually involves some unforgettable physical activities. I asked some people to give me their memories of what happened to them on the sports field and beyond, and this is what they told me.
When I was about ten, the football team from our year unexplainably made it to the cup final of the local schools’ league. I say unexplainably because I only remember us losing nearly every match we played. Anyway, in the final I set up the winning goal, a brilliant cross to my mate David who headed the ball in just before the final whistle. I still have a photograph of the team holding the cup.
I remember having to lead a group of eight boys on a school expedition for the best part of two days when I was a teenager. Even though we got lost at one point, I managed to keep them all together and get them from one end of a large forest to the other and back by sheer(纯粹的) force of will. I was chosen to be the leader, I think, because I was the only one who knew how to read a map!
When we arrived back at the campsite, we found out that all the other groups had cheated and hitched(搭便车) most of the way instead… I felt a bit stupid, but also rather proud of myself at the same time for having done it properly.
Learning to swim, learning to drown
I learned to swim comparatively late, I suppose. I was maybe nine years old but my brother had a painful experience which nearly put him off for life. We lived in the USA for a while and had access to a university pool where the coaches had trained the American Olympic team. In those days, though, their idea of teaching kids how to swim was to tie a can to their ankles with a bit of string, throw them in the deep end and shout “Swim!”. I am surprised my brother survived at all. He could only have been about six at the time.
1.The passage mainly talks about ________.
A. tips on taking part in outdoor activities
B. how people consider physical activities
C. why people love outdoor activities
D. people’s experiences of physical activities
2.What did the first person do in the school’s cup final?
A. He scored the winning goal.
B. He provided the pass for the final goal.
C. He blew the whistle at eh end of the game.
D. He lost every game in the season.
3.The underlined word “expedition” in the third paragraph has the same meaning to “________”.
A. matchB. dealC. tripD. research
4.It can be learned that when the third person was young, ________.
A. he learned swimming from the same coach as his elder brother
B. the swimming coach’s teaching method was rather inconsiderate
C. his family lived near a university pool for about ten years
D. the American Olympic team had no swimming pool of its own
One side effect of globalization and the related phenomenon of greatly increased mobility is that the traditional definition of “foreigner” has passed its sell-by date.
Is a European who has lived in China longer than in his home country, becoming fluent in the language and culture in the process, still a foreigner in China, or has he become more of a foreigner in his own home town? What about a Beijinger who did her schooling in Canada and then lived and worked in mainstream society there for another 20 years while raising a family, who has no intention of returning to China? Does she think and act like a foreigner? What do we mean by this label(标签)?
When I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, the faces you would see during a walk through a local shopping mall back in the 1960s and 1970s included almost none of Asian descent. Today the same malls are full of Asian faces, and a glance at the ranks of top scoring students in local schools reveals lots of Asian surnames.
To some extent, this is no great surprise in the American context, because America is a land of immigrants, and a cultural melting pot. Apart from the native American Indians, Americans are (or were), in some way, all foreigners anyway. Absorbing a large number of immigrants is an established pattern in American history.
In most places, the traditional foreigners were people who didn’t speak or read the local languages well, were unfamiliar with local customs and lifestyles, often engaged in relatively third-class work, and certainly not the type of people you would want your sons or daughters to marry. But, nowadays, a foreigner down the street may have better SAT scores than you did, or higher degree from a better university. He might also be your son’s or daughter’s next employer.
The traditional role models are getting mixed up, and it looks like this is just the beginning of a new chapter. Today, the whole thing has totally changed. It’s not about where people are from or what color their skins are. It’s about who they are, what values and skills they bring, and how they think.
1.By mentioning a European and a Beijinger, the author tends to tell us ____.
A. it’s no longer proper to define foreigners according to their birthplaces
B. the label of foreigners can never be removed
C. most foreigners can do well in learning languages
D. it’s impossible for a foreigner to get recognition abroad
2.What can be inferred from the 3rd paragraph?
A. In 1960s and 1970s, Asians didn’t shop in Chicago.
B. Today, more and more Asian travelers like to shop in Chicago.
C. There are more Asian immigrants today than in the 1960s and 1970s in Chicago.
D. Most Asian students do well academically in the schools in Chicago.
3.The underlined part in paragraph 1 has the closest meaning to____.
A. the term “foreigner” should be redefined
B. the term “foreigner” should no longer be used
C. there are no more foreigners in the world today
D. the term “foreigner” is not proper to define people
4.What’s the main idea of the passage?
A. Globalization and mobility caused more and more immigrants.
B. The standards of defining “foreigner” have thoroughly changed.
C. America is a cultural melting pot.
D. Immigration is a global social phenomenon.
In the kitchen of my mother’s houses there has always been a wooden stand (木架)with a small notepad(记事本)and a hole for a pencil.
I’m looking for paper on which to note down the name of a book I am recommending to my mother. Over forty years since my earliest memories of the kitchen pad and pencil, five houses later, the current paper and pencil look the same as they always did. Surely it can’t be the same pencil. The pad is more modern, but the wooden stand is definitely the original one.
“I’m just amazed you still have the same stand for holding the pad and pencil after all these years.” I say to her, walking back into the living-room with a sheet of paper and the pencil. “You still use a pencil. Can’t you afford a pen?”
My mother replies a little sharply. “It works perfectly well. I’ve always kept the stand in the kitchen. I never knew when I might want to note down an idea, and I was always in the kitchen in those days.”
Immediately I can picture her, hair wild, blue housecoat covered in flour, a wooden spoon in one hand, the pencil in the other, her mouth moving silently. My mother smiles and says, “One day I was cooking and watching baby Pauline, and I had a brilliant thought, but the stand was empty. One of the children must have taken the paper. So I just picked up the breadboard and wrote it all down on the back. It turned out to be a real breakthrough for solving the mathematical problem I was working on.”
This story—which happened before I was born—reminds me how extraordinary my mother was, and is, as a gifted mathematician. I feel embarrassed that I complain about not having enough child-free time to work. Later, when my mother is in the bathroom, I go into her kitchen and turn over the breadboards. Sure enough, on the back of the smallest one, are some penciled marks I recognize as mathematics. Those symbols have traveled unaffected through fifty years, rooted in the soil of a cheap wooden breadboard, invisible(看不到的) exhibits at every meal.
1.Why has the author’s mother always kept the notepad and pencil in the kitchen?
A. To leave messages.B. To list her everyday tasks.
C. To note down maths problems.D. To write down a flash of inspiration.
2.What is the author’s original opinion about the wooden stand?
A. It has great value for the family.B. It needs to be replaced by a better one.
C. It brings her back to her lonely childhood.D. It should be passed on to the next generation.
3.The author feels embarrassed for ________.
A. blaming her mother wrongly
B. giving her mother a lot of trouble
C. not making good use of time as her mother did
D. not making any breakthrough in her field
4.In the author’s mind, her mother is ________.
A. strange in behaviorB. keen on her research
C. fond of collecting old thingsD. careless about her appearance
1.His c_____(性格) is a combination of strength and kindness.
2.The town was f____(建立) by English settlers in 1790.
3.She is always c____(抱怨) about working over time.
4.A jazz band provided the e_____(娱乐), while people ate and drank under the stars.
5.Mark has two kids from a p____(以前的) marriage.
6.Olivia’s house was s____ by lightning during the storm last night.
7.He is a good student except that he is o_____(偶尔) careless.
8.The bank is just o_____(在对面) the church. You won’t miss it.
9.During the Spring Festival, all the supermarkets are c____with people busy buying things for holiday.
10.S____on the northeast coast, Barcelona is the second largest city of Spain.
Eco City Farms is an educational nonprofit organization. It seeks to empower the community by teaching economic development, job training and a healthier way of living. The group has set up farms near automobile repair businesses and fast food stores in urban neighborhoods.
Social activist Margaret Morgan-Hubbard founded Eco City Farms. She says that lack of fresh produce is a major health problem for children and their families living in Maryland. “What’s critical is that 70 percent of the people in these towns are either overweight, have some illnesses, for example, diabetes, or have other kinds of diet-related ailments because they don’t have access to healthy food.
Eco City Farms offers several programs for agriculture, food and finding jobs with environment-friendly businesses. People can also learn how to cook healthier foods and teach others how to prepare meals. On a recent day, Philip Sidibe demonstrated his cooking skills. He prepared Aloco, a popular food in Cameroon where he grew up. He and other young people not only cook their food, they also grow it in a large garden.
Tameka Barbour-Gaskins lives in Autumn Woods. She says her whole family is eating healthier meals because of the local produce. “I like junk food. I like quick meals. Not easy to just go from eating a certain way all your life to switching over to being healthier… With the urban garden here, with my son learning, he can help me switch around my style of eating. I want a healthy family.”
Margaret says the urban garden is an agent for change and the young people are its newest supporters. “Our program is about planting seeds. It’s about planting seeds not just in the ground, but in other human beings so that the movement can grow and it’s really exciting because these young people will be working with us throughout the year to help plan the actual farm and to finally own it.”
1.What does Eco City Farms aim to do?? (No more than 20 words)
2.What does the underlined word “ailments” in Paragraph 3 mean?? (1 word)
3.According to Margaret, what’s the major danger to people’s health in Maryland? (No more than 10 words)
4.How do people benefit from the programs offered by Eco City Farms? (No more than 15 words)
5.What do you think of Eco City Farms? Please explain. (No more than 15 words)