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100,000 Strong Initiative Gets Boost from Chicago Ties to China

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因本中心資料室被指定為閱卷場所,故7/4-7/13將閉館暫停服務,7/14恢復平時開館時間,期間老師如要辦理資料借還不受影響。不便之處敬請見諒。


MyET 單字王

外語教學中心最新購買了一套新課程--MyET單字王,要準備GRE和TOEFL的同學,這一套課程能幫助你擴充單字量、提升字彙能力,並且修正發音,是準備留學考試很好的練習工具。欲申請美國、加拿大各大學研究所的同學,快來看看如何使用吧!

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收列英文最重要的字首、字根歸納分類

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許多來自阿富汗的未成年小孩被其父母以偷渡的方式進入澳洲,目的無為了躲避塔利班政權的迫害,或者是希望他們能夠在澳洲找到新生活。

霍華德(John Howard)與陸克文(Kevin Rudd)政府時代,這些小孩安置在所謂的滯留中心(detention centre),在新任總理吉拉德(Julia Gillard)上台後即表態認為將孩子關在滯留中心是不對的,她將協助這弱勢孩子取得居留簽證,以及將他們安置在適合的社區中,但是目前澳洲政府仍面臨許多難題...。來看看最新一期的自學包裹吧!

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Collocation Explorer

英文的慣用語(collocation)一直是英語學習的一個重要關鍵,要掌握一個單字的正確用法,就必須知道這個詞的前後必須使用的搭配詞為何。今天要介紹的是一個實用的搜尋引擎,使用者可以依照不同的慣用語搭配模式,來搜尋例句,以充分了解慣用語在句子或文章中的使用方式,這樣的方式不但可以幫助學習者精準掌握語感,更可以增進閱讀能力喔!

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BBC - Skillswise - Words: Vocabulary

英國的BBC news網站設計了一個英文專門語彙的網站,裡面包括了許多生活中實用的專門術語,如:電子類相關用語、裝潢相關用語等,這些字彙單元還收錄了許多小遊戲,讓你用輕鬆的方式獲得專業知識。

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英文自傳該怎麼寫呢?如何以英文來充分地表達自己?又有哪些常犯的錯誤要避免呢?本期向各位推薦一本書籍--《有效撰寫求職英文自傳》。這本書主要教導讀者如何建構良好的求職英文自傳,並且避免寫作格式和文法上常犯的錯誤,讓讀者能在企業主限定的字數內,精準的描述自身的背景經驗和先前成就。 來看看作者對英文自傳的建議吧。 提醒各位,外語教學中心資料室7/14起才恢復開館喔。


 英語宅急便     

100,000 Strong Initiative Gets Boost from Chicago Ties to China

歐巴馬政府推動所謂「四年十萬人赴華求學計畫」,鼓勵美國學子們赴中國求學,此計畫目前由前內布拉斯加州參議員查克海格(Chuck Hagel)以及擔任22年的前芝加哥市長理查達利(Richard Daley)推動。芝加哥市與中國進行交流以及推動跨文化課程,海格的努力讓芝加哥市去年一月於中國總理胡景濤來訪時受表揚為「對中國最友善城市」的殊榮,此舉也有助於推動歐巴馬政府的目標。

The Advisory Committee of President Barack Obama's 100,000 Strong Initiative, which encourages Americans to study in China, is led by former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel and departing Chicago Mayor. Richard Daley, who's been mayor for 22 years, led Chicago in engaging China and promoting cross-cultural programs.  His efforts earned the Windy City the distinction of being the "the most China-friendly city" when President Hu Jintao visited in January.  That distinction is helping Chicago support President Obama's goal.

It may not sound like an American classroom, or look like a traditional American classroom, but these students from the Midwest state of Illinois are getting an education on the Far East.

"For young students, it's a very smart investment to learn Chinese I think," noted Wen Ya Lu, one of several language instructors at Walter Payton College Preparatory School in Chicago.  Chinese language classes have been a regular part of the curriculum in the Chicago Public School system for more than a decade.

"We believe we are one of the first, several schools, that started or promote Chinese language learning," Wen Ya Lu added.

William Spence is co-chairman of the Chicago Sister Cities China Committee.  He says language classes are one way departing Mayor Richard Daley has engaged China, America's second largest trading partner.  

"The mayor has initiated the largest public school Mandarin program in the United States.  There are 42 schools in Chicago that are teaching Mandarin to more than 12,000 students," said Spence.

Chinese President Hu Jintao recognized those efforts in January.  During his state visit, he spent time in Chicago, and visited with students and faculty at Walter Payton.

"That probably had more to do with raising the level of awareness of Chicago in China than any other single act," Spence added.

The Shanghai Expo in 2010 also helped raise the level of awareness of America in China.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton directed the State Department to participate in the Expo by creating an American Pavilion.  She says learning Chinese paid off for the Americans who worked at the pavilion.

"I think part of the reason we were the second-most visited pavilion was because the Chinese were just thrilled to come meet these young Americans who were speaking their language," Clinton noted.  "And they were asking all kinds of questions, and the young Americans were asking about their pronunciation, and it was just a fabulous moment. And we need more of that."

Secretary Clinton asked Mayor Daley to co-chair the Advisory Committee to the 100,000 Strong Initiative.  The initiative is a goal set by President Barack Obama in 2009 to encourage 100,000 American students to study abroad in China.  The program's success depends on more institutions nationwide following Chicago's lead.

"We understand that about 15 other American cities had picked up on the Chicago model for putting the Mandarin program in place in the public schools," Spence said.

Even with those language programs, the U.S. State Department says there are 600 times more Chinese students studying English than Americans studying Mandarin.  The State Department also says ten times more Chinese students study in the United States than Americans in China.  The 100,000 Strong Initiative is intended to begin bridging that gap.

 

Reading skills:

1. Why did President Hu Jintao call Chicago, “the most China-friendly city?”

A) According to the survey, American in Chicago love China the most.

B) Chicago initiates some programs to promote Chinese culture and Mandarin.

C) Chicago is the base for The 100,000 Strong Initiatives.

D) The number of Chinese living in the US in Chicago is the highest.

 

2. There are ___ schools in Chicago that are providing Mandarin lessons.

A) 40 B) 14 C) 42 D) 12,000

 

3. What event also helped to raise the awareness of Chicago in China?

A) Beijing Olympics B) International Trade Exhibition

C) Hong Kong Disney  D) Shanghai Expo

 

4. According to Hillary Clinton, what’s one of the reasons for American Pavilion being popular?

A) The recipients in the pavilion are fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

B) They gave away many souvenirs for free.

C) Chinese people have strong curiosity about American culture.

D) People in China want to learn more authentic English from American.

 

5. What can be inferred from the last paragraph?

A) Mandarin Chinese is actually the most powerful language in the world.

B) Nothing can stop Chinese students from studying in America.

C) English is losing its leading power in the education market.

D) US government is strengthening the relationship with China by education.

 

ANS: B C D A D

Source: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/100000-Strong-Initiative-Gets-Boost-from-Chicago-Ties-to-China-121747324.html

 
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