Speaking Independent Tasks口语独立题
➢ Task 1
The university newspaper is going to add one of the following sections. Which do you prefer?
- Film recommendations
- Tips and advice about student travel
- Restaurant reviews
I would prefer that the university add a section for film recommendations. First of all, there’s never enough time to read about all the films out there, let alone see them, so having someone knowledgeable whose opinion I trust giving some recommendations would be really helpful. Even if I only see half of the films mentioned, it would be worth my time. Second, I think that a university student critic could be trusted more than mainstream ones. Critics in major newspapers have reputations to worry about and often recommend only the biggest films, saying boring things about them in the same platitudes over and over. A student writing for a school paper would have nothing to lose and would more likely be honest.
➢ Task 2
Should moral values be taught at schools?
I think moral values should not be taught at schools. For one thing, it’s the job of families, not schools, to teach this sort of thing. Kids should learn values at home. Schools need to focus on teaching knowledge and skills, something they already often don’t have enough time for. Besides, we all know that many kids dislike school—if they were taught morals, would they even listen? Another reason schools should not teach morals is that it would be impossible to decide which morals to teach. Different people have different beliefs, and it would be contentious to have schools teaching kids things their parents object to on religious grounds or whatever. It would just turn into another culture war we don’t need, a nonstop controversy.
Writing Independent Task写作独立题
You are about to choose classes for the last semester in college before graduation. Do you prefer to choose the classes taught by professors whose classes you have taken before or professors you have not learned from?
In college, choosing courses can be a major factor in what kind of experience a student has. A student must choose courses to fulfill credit requirements, but they often have considerable choice in which specific classes to take and when. In addition to credit concerns and the titles or focuses of the classes, the professors teaching them might influence students’ decisions. Personally, if it were my last semester in school, I would try to choose classes taught by professors whose classes I’d taken before.
First of all, one more semester is a limited number of classes. Depending on the school’s schedule, that might only be four or five classes. This means it would be my last chance to squeeze what I could out of my college experience—and my tuition. Some might say I should try classes taught by professors I have not learned from in order to diversify my experience. I disagree: this is a huge risk. What if you simply do not like your professors in your last semester and you do not learn as much as you hoped? Now you have missed your last chance to take another course from that amazing professor you loved earlier in your college career. One last semester is just too big a chance to waste on what is uncertain.
Second, with a professor I had had before, I would know his or her approach and how to get the most from it. Different professors can have radically different styles. Some may be punchy and direct, while others may give rambling lectures full of tangents. Knowing a professor’s style beforehand would minimize unpleasant surprises. It would also improve my chances of getting a good grade, since I would know how to glean what is important from lectures and reading, and I would know what to expect from tests and how the professor grades papers. Grades are not everything, but my last semester would be my last chance to secure a good GPA, and knowing the professor could make the difference.
Choosing professors, and not just the courses themselves, can be very important in college. The same course—that is, focus, syllabus, and so on—taught by two different professors could turn out to be two completely different experiences. If I were choosing courses for my last semester, I would try to choose those taught by professors I already liked and was comfortable with. Knowing I would be getting a positive experience and knowing what to expect in grading would be important to me, because after that semester, college would be over.