第一部分: 听力(共两节, 满分 20 分)
1. How long will the man probably wait?
A. Two hours. B. Three hours. C. Four hours.
2. What does the man offer to do?
A. Call her a taxi. B. Telephone Lisa. C. Drive his car.
3. What can we know about the speakers?
A. They want to have a cup of coffee.
B. The woman refused the man’s invitation.
C. The woman will write her paper tomorrow.
4. Why can’t the man take exercise?
A. He gets up too late.
B. He has to rush to work early.
C. He can’t spare enough time.
5. What can we learn from this conversation?
A. The man is able to manage.
B. Mr. Brown will ring back soon.
C. The woman didn’t answer the phone.
6. Where are the speakers?
A. In an office. B. At home. C. In a classroom.
7. What does the woman mainly want to talk to the man about?
A. His scores on the final exam.
B. The difficulties he has with his studies.
C. His poor academic performance.
8. What will happen to the man if he does not improve?
A. He will get a B. B. He will fail the course. C. He will get a grade lower than a B.
9. Why did the woman start swimming?
A. Her husband persuaded her to do so. B. She had nothing to do.
C. She wanted to get fit again.
10. How long has the woman been taking swimming seriously?
A. For about three years.
B. For about two years.
C. Since her youngest child was born.
11. What do you know about the woman’s husband?
A. He gives all-out support to her.
B. He wants her to do more housework.
C. He hopes she can practice more often.
12. Why does the woman come to talk with the man?
A. Because she wants to use the computer.
B. Because there’s some trouble with her computer.
C. Because she had made a plan for the use of computers.
13. How do the students feel about the present plan for the use of computers?
A. The time is too changeable.
B. The time is too limited.
C. The machines are hard to use.
14. What do the speakers plan to do then?
A. Forbid students to use the computers.
B. Prepare a notice to solve the problem.
C. Allow students to use the computers for longer hours.
15. Why does the man call the company?
A. He needs opportunities to travel.
B. He wants to show people there he likes the job.
C. He wants to know more information about the job.
16. What should a marketing assistant do at the very beginning?
A. Attend meetings in many cities.
B. Do market research and write reports.
C. Travel to different cities to collect information.
17. What do you know about the man?
A. He will be employed by the company.
B. He is expecting an answer from the company.
C. He knows a marketing assistant is wanted after the call.
18. What difficulty did the speaker have when starting to learn French?
A. Words. B. Grammar. C. Pronunciation.
19. Why did the speaker go to France?
A. To live there. B. To look for a job. C. To continue her studies.
20. What is the most important in learning a language according to the speaker?
A. Mastering the grammar rules.
B. Using the language in real life.
C. Knowing a large number of words.
第二部分: 英语知识运用 (共两节, 满分 35 分)
第一节: 单项填空 (共 15 小题; 每小题 1 分, 满分 15 分)
请阅读下面各题, 从题中所给的 A、 B、 C、 D 四个选项中, 选出最佳选项, 并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。
21. The professor who won the Nobel Prize gained an ______ fame after five years of hard work.
A. academic B. average C. appropriate D. attractive
22. Amazing! Could you believe they have mysteriously disappeared for 20 years, only to ______ in a lab?
A. turn out B. turn up C. turn off D. turn down
23. —How much do you know about smog?
—Well, the newspapers ______ it in the past few months.
A. report B. will report C. have been reporting D. reported
24. Students in that school are enthusiastic about community activities ______ they can gain
experience for growth.
A. that B. when C. which D. where
25. Mr. Green stood up ______ the 16-year-old boy, saying that he was not the one to blame.
A. in defense of B. in place of C. in spite of D. in fear of
26. Roommates have to learn to ______ each other to live together in harmony.
A. convince B. challenge C. tolerate D. desert
27. There is no ______ that I could rent that house with furniture, because the owner charges a
A. problem B. possibility C. doubt D. point
28. —Was Alan glad to see his old friends yesterday?
—Yes, he was. He______ his old friends for a long time.
A. didn’t see B. wouldn’t see C. hasn’t seen D. hadn’t seen
29. ______ it is difficult to improve your cooking skills in such a short time, you should still
A. How B. What C. Unless D. Though
30. —Do you think he will be put into prison? We are all concerned about him.
—The judge will ______ the case for lack of evidence.
A. gain B. dismiss C. explain D. approve
31. It is ______ in Running Man that made many people know Angelababy, a famous actress better.
A. her strong spirit B. because of her strong spirit
C. she has strong spirit D. because she has strong spirit
32. Each time I go traveling, I always take something to read ______ I get bored on a bus.
A. now that B. so that C. in case D. even though
33. For big cities in China, there is no room to spread out further, ______ Shanghai is an example.
A. for which B. in which C. of which D. from which
34. —I have been coughing for a week. Does this medicine work?
—It is very effective if ______ on time.
A. taking B. to take C. taken D. to be taken
35. —I think I’d better stay at home and finish the paper.
—Come on! ______. Everybody is going.
A. It’s a piece of cake B. Don’t be a wet blanket
C. You have green figures D. I’m all ears
A few years ago, my husband Dawn and I were in Key West for a long weekend with our three- and four-year-old daughters. 36 we went back and forth about what to do next, our girls jumped right in and 37 told us what they wanted to do. “We want to go to a museum of butterflies.” said Ariela and Eliana.
Having 38 been to a museum of butterflies, Dawn and I looked at the map, and were 39 enough there it was: a museum of butterflies. We looked at 40 and said, “Let’s go.” As soon as we walked into the main area we were immediately 41 by thousands and thousands of beautiful butterflies, all 42 their multicolored wings.
I looked down at our girls. They were jumping up and down and 43 their hands. I knew we had made the right 44 to come to the museum. They were having so much fun. I turned to our museum tour guide — just because I was 45 — and asked, “How long do butterflies live?”
“About ten days.” she said.
I thought to myself, “Ten days. What can you do in ten days?” 46 I asked her, “What do butterflies do in ten days?” The guide stopped, looked at me, and said, “They make the 47 a more beautiful place.”
“Wow,” I said, “I never thought about butterflies 48 that. Thank you.”
After we said goodbye, I couldn’t 49 thinking about what the guide had said. She was right: We all have something to 50 the world with the time we have. When we focus our natural gifts on taking care of each other every day, we 51 a difference.
Appreciate the effect you have on your family, friends, coworkers, and 52 . Like a butterfly, you have your own 53 of making the world a little better for everyone. Catch the opportunity to contribute to others. Your life 54 . Make it a point in coming days to show the impact you have on others by offering a hand to people 55 .
36. A. When B. Before C. Until D. Since
37. A. quietly B. calmly C. shortly D. directly
38. A. already B. ever C. even D. never
39. A. sure B. sad C. satisfied D. confused
40. A. the other B. each other C. another D. others
41. A. inspired B. disturbed C. attacked D. surrounded
42. A. tapping B. beating C. striking D. flying
43. A. raising B. waving C. clapping D. shaking
44. A. decision B. determination C. announcement D. judgment
45. A. energetic B. enthusiastic C. curious D. doubtful
46. A. So B. But C. Yet D. Or
47. A. spot B. world C. scene D. heaven
48. A. like B. besides C. except D. as
49. A. keep B. stand C. stop D. mind
50. A. provide B. supply C. offer D. reward
51. A. create B. take C. make D. find
52. A. parents B. children C. brothers D. neighbors
53. A. idea B. way C. reason D. view
54. A. changes B. succeeds C. counts D. improves
55. A. in need B. in danger C. in poverty D. in sorrow
第三部分: 阅读理解 (共 15 小题; 每小题 2 分, 满分 30 分)
请阅读下列短文, 从短文后各题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中, 选出最佳选项, 并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。
Apple TV, Fire TV or Roku?
Making the most of television viewing no longer means watching what programs TV stations are showing now.
Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku give you more to watch than just stations. But with all of the choices, the important thing is to find the one that works best for you.
The new Apple TV has been available for about a month. The App Store has some apps for videos, gaming, travel and more. But not many apps are available for the Apple TV yet. You can link up your Mac computer, iPhone or iPad to Apple TV so that your television can show the program running on them.
Apple TV has a remote (遥控器) which helps you control what you watch. Apple TV does not run video in 4K.
Apple TV is best for those who have other Apple devices, such as Mac computers, iPhones and iPads.
Apple TV is available for $149 with 32 GB, and $199 wtih 64 GB of storage.
Fire TV is a player from the American company Amazon. You can use the Fire TV app as a remote. Amazon says Fire TV has over 3,000 apps available.
The Fire TV comes with a feature (特点) called Advanced Streaming and Prediction, or ASAP. This feature recognizes what kinds of movies and shows you like and loads（加载）them onto your Fire TV so they are ready for you to watch without waiting.
Fire TV is best for those who like to watch videos from Amazon.
Fire TV is available for $99.99 with 8 GB. Fire TV with games is available for $139.99 with 40 GB.
Roku4 has 4K and a useful feature called Remote Finder. It is a button on the player that makes a sound on the remote control. No more lost remotes! You can connect your headphones into the remote control and listen to the TV without anyone else hearing the sound.
The Roku4 offers over 2,500 channels（频道）to watch videos. You can use voice search on the remote or Roku app to find your shows. Although the Roku4 has a few games and apps, the player is mostly for streaming videos.
The Roku4 is best for those who want to watch shows, not use apps, on their TV. Roku4 is $129.99 with 128GB.
56. According to the article, Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku4 are similar in that _______.
A. they have a lot of apps B. they can broadcast 4K films
C. they can link up your computers D. they can be controlled from a distance
57. _______ has more apps and is best for game lovers.
A. Fire TV with 40GB B. Fire TV with 8GB
C. Roku4 with 128GB D. Apple TV with 64GB
Sir Edmund Hillary was born in 1919 and grew up in Auckland. Hillary was educated at Tuakau Primary School and then Auckland Grammar School. He finished primary school two years early and at high school achieved average marks. He was smaller than his classmates there and was very shy so he buried himself in his books and daydreams of a life filled with adventure. At 16 his interest in climbing started during a school trip to Mount Ruapehu.
Edmund Hillary joined in Everest reconnaissance (勘测) in 1951 and again in 1952, as well as an unsuccessful act of trying to climb Cho Oyu in 1952. The New Zealander made history when he succeeded in climbing Mount Everest with his Nepalese partner in May 1953. He was the first man to climb the world’s tallest mountain.
After climbing the 8,850 meter peak, Hillary led a number of expeditions (探险) to the South Pole and devoted his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal’s Khumbu region. He spent two years in India, and founded the Himalayan Trust in 1964. The Trust helped build hospitals and schools. He was made an honorary Nepalese citizen in 2003.
At home in New Zealand, the famous explorer was a simple beekeeper. Speaking in 2003, he said he was just an ordinary man who did not deserve celebrity (名人) status. “I never permitted the climb of Everest to make me regard myself as a heroic figure,” he said. “I knew I was no heroic figure.”
The explorer, one of the 20th century’s greatest adventurers died in an Auckland hospital of a heart attack after a long illness. The death prompted an outpouring of sympathy, with messages of condolence (哀悼) flooding in from around the world.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the explorer was an inspiration to generations. “Sir Edmund’s name is in connection with adventure, with achievement, with dreaming and then making those dreams come true,” she said. “I’m sure there will be many Australians today who reflect on his death. It was obviously a long life and well lived.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said Hillary was a heroic figure and said all New Zealanders would deeply mourn his passing.
58. What was Hillary’s nationality?
A. Australian. B. New Zealander. C. Nepalese. D. Indian.
59. What does the underlined sentence “It was obviously a long life and well lived.” mean?
A. Hillary lived a simple life. B. Hillary lived a hard life.
C. Hillary lived a meaningful life. D. Hillary lived a happy life.
60. How is the article mainly developed?
A. By giving examples. B. By making comparisons.
C. By analyzing causes. D. By following the order of time.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Air pollution is a major risk factor for heart disease, and women with diabetes (糖尿病) may be more likely to be influenced by its effects than others, a long-term U.S. study said Wednesday.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that women with diabetes who are exposed (暴露) to air pollution for long periods may have a much higher risk for heart disease.
“We didn’t expect diabetes to be the strongest factor in determining susceptibility (敏感性),” said the lead author Jaime Hart, an epidemiologist at the Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
“We looked at age, family history of heart disease, weight, smoking status and areas of the country but diabetes was the most consistent across diseases and across different size fractions of particulate matter (PM),” Hart said.
The research team explored data from more than 100,000 participants in a long-term study called the Nurses’ Health Study, looking at rates of heart disease, specifically rates of stroke.
They assessed long-term exposure to three different sizes of particulate matter air pollution from 1989 to 2006: Fine particulate pollutant smaller than 2.5 thousandths of a millimeter in diameter (PM2.5), PM10 and PM2.5-10. PM10 includes both PM2.5 and PM2.5-10.
While all women had small increases in risk of heart events with more air pollution exposure, the increased risk was statistically significant for women with diabetes.
According to the team, an increase of 10 micrograms per cubic meter of air pollution in PM2.5, PM2.5-10 and PM 10 will raise a woman’s risk of heart disease by 44 percent, 17 percent and 19 percent, separately, if she had type 2 diabetes.
The team found that these effects were greater among women 70 and older and obese women.
Since the study participants were mostly white women of middle- and upper-socioeconomic status, further research will be needed to determine if these patterns are also seen in men and in racially and socioeconomically diverse populations, they added.
61. According to the study, women with diabetes may be more likely to be affected by_______.
A. a risk factor B. air pollution C. heart disease D. areas
62. Which of the following was not involved in the study?
A. Age. B. Weight. C. Height. D. Smoking status.
63. What can we learn from the passage?
A. It is not necessary to do further research on men.
B. Air pollution puts women with diabetes at higher heart risk.
C. Most participants were women who were over 70 years old.
D. The increase of PM per cubic meter has no effect on women’s health.
64. In a newspaper, this passage is most probably in the part of _______.
A. Travel B. Technology C. Health D. Fashion
Your mother and I don’t yet have the words to describe the hope you give us for the future. Your new life is full of promise, and we hope you will be happy and healthy so you can explore it fully. You’ve already given us a reason to reflect on the world we hope you live in.
Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today. While newspapers often focus on what’s wrong, in many ways the world is getting better. Health is improving. The number of poor families is decreasing. Knowledge is growing. People are connecting. Technological progress in every field means your life should be much better than ours today.
We will do our part to make this happen, not only because we love you, but also because we have a responsibility to all children in the next generation. We believe all lives have equal value. Our society has its duty to improve the lives of all those coming into this world, not just those already here.
Today, most people die from five things — heart disease, cancer, stroke, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases — and we can make faster progress on these and other problems. Once we recognize that your generation and your children’s generation may not have to suffer from disease, we collectively have a responsibility to increase our investments (投资) a bit more towards the future to make this reality. Your mother and I want to do our part. Curing disease will take time. Over short periods of five or ten years, it may not seem like we’re making much of a difference. But over the long term, seeds planted now will grow, and one day, you or your children will see what we can only imagine: a world without suffering from disease.
There are so many opportunities just like this. If society focuses more of its energy on these great challenges, we will leave your generation a much better world. Our hopes for your generation focus on two ideas: advancing human potential (潜能) and equality. Our society must do this not only for justice or charity, but for the greatness of human progress.
Today your mother and I are devoted to spending our lives doing our small part to help solve these challenges. I, Zuckerberg, will continue to serve as Facebook’s CEO for many, many years to come, but these things are too important to wait until you or we are older to begin this work.
We will give away 99% of our Facebook shares — now about $45 billion — during our lives to advance this mission. We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these matters. But we want to do what we can, working alongside many others.
As we become parents and enter this next chapter（篇章）of our lives, we want to share our deep appreciation for everyone who makes this possible. We can make progress towards these opportunities only by standing on the shoulders of experts. And we can only focus on serving this community and this mission because we are surrounded by loving family, supportive friends and amazing colleagues. We hope you will have such deep and inspiring relationships in your life too.
Max, we love you and feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and all children. We wish you a life filled with the same love, hope and joy you give us. We can’t wait to see what you bring to this world.
Mom and Dad
65. When might the letter be written?
A. When Zuckerberg got married.
B. When people suffered from diseases.
C. After Zuckerberg’s daughter was born.
D. After Zuckerberg increased his investment.
66. The world is getting better in many ways EXCEPT that _______.
A. people’s health is improving
B. poor families become fewer than before
C. technology makes progress in few fields
D. people communicate with others more
67. Why does Zuckerberg want to increase investments towards the future?
A. Because he is the CEO of Facebook company.
B. Because he is devoted to helping those who are poor.
C. Because he hopes that his daughter will live a rich life.
D. Because he hopes future generations won’t suffer from diseases.
68. The writer’s attitude towards life is _______.
A. positive B. negative C. objective D. subjective
69. What can we infer from the article?
A. Zuckerberg and his wife have inspiring relationships in their life.
B. People can’t make much of a difference within 5 years.
C. Society is only responsible for those already in the world.
D. People have made faster progress on five main deadly diseases.
70. The purpose of the letter is to _______.
A. tell his baby that he will donate 99% shares of Facebook
B. call on people to make efforts to improve living conditions
C. tell people that he is willing to make contributions to the world
D. express love for his daughter and what he will do for the future
The first of the 2015 Nobel Prizes has been announced. Sweden’s Nobel Prize committee said the Nobel Prize for medicine would go to Irish-born William Campbell and Satoshi Omura of Japan for their discoveries concerning a therapy against malaria(疟疾). The prize for medicine was also going to Chinese researcher Tu Youyou. Campbell and Omura were honored for their anti-roundworm treatment, while Tu came up with a new drug for malaria.
Tu, born in 1930, graduated from the Beijing Medical College in 1955. She is a chief researcher and professor at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also the first Chinese citizen to be awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine. In the 1970s, Tu carried out the research, resulting in the discovery of artemisinin（青蒿素）, a drug that has considerably cut the number of malaria deaths and saved millions of lives. The treatment is based on a herb used in Chinese traditional medicine, called sweet wormwood.
Tu got the award for three “firsts”. She was the first to bring artemisinin to her project team, the first to extract (提炼) a form of artemisinin that can altogether prevent malaria, and the first to complete a clinical trial, according to Zhang Boli, director of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences.
The committee said the discoveries had given the world powerful new ways to fight malaria which affects hundreds of millions of people every year. The committee added that, “The results in terms of improved human health and reduced suffering are immeasurable.”
“It is a gift for the world people from the traditional Chinese medicine. It is of great importance for curing malaria and other infectious diseases and for protecting the health of the world people.” Tu said in Beijing. “The discovery of artemisinin is a successful example of teamwork on traditional Chinese medicine. The prize winning is an honor for China’s science cause and traditional Chinese medicine in their course of reaching out to the world.”
“Tu’s winning the prize signifies China’s prosperity and progress in scientific and technological field, marks a great contribution of traditional Chinese medicine to the cause of human health, and shows China’s growing strengths and rising international standing.” Premier Li Keqiang said in a congratulatory letter Monday evening.
The 2015 Nobel Prize for medicine
Tu Youyou (71) ▲ the prize with Cambell and Omura.
to Tu Youyou
She was born in 1930, (73) ▲ from the Beijing Medical College in 1955.
She conducted the research which (74) ▲ to artemisinin being discovered.
She was (75) ▲ the Nobel Prize for medicine for her three “firsts”.
Information about artemisinin
It has greatly (76) ▲ the death rate of patients suffering from malaria.
It is very (77) ▲ for the world to protect human health.
It’s a result of many scientists working hard (78) ▲ .
Comments from Li Keqiang
Tu’s success shows that China has made great (79) ▲ in scientific and technological field.
Tu’s (80) ▲ to human health are immeasurable, marking China’s rising international standing.
第五部分: 书面表达 (满分 25 分)
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Recently, a primary school in Xiangyang, Hubei province has added square dancing to their curriculum, ▲
第一部分(共 20 小题;每小题 1 分, 共 20 分)
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第二部分(共 35 小题;每小题 1 分, 共 35 分)
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第三部分(共 15 小题;每小题 2 分,共 30 分)
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第四部分(共 10 小题;每小题 1 分,共 10 分)
71. shares/ shared 72. Introduction 73. graduating
74. led/ contributed 75. awarded 76. cut/reduced/decreased/lowered
77. important 78. together 79. progress
第五部分(满分 25 分)
One possible version
Recently, a primary school in Xiangyang, Hubei province has added square dancing to their curriculum, which caused a heated discussion in our school. Students have different views on it.
70% of the students are in favor of it, holding that not only can square dancing help them relax themselves but also it can make them have a slim figure. What’s more, music dance combined with physical exercise is a good way for teenagers to get into shape. However, 30% of the students have the opposite opinion that square dancing is the dance of Dama, which requires less energy. Thus, it is not a good choice for them.
On a personal note, I have strong desire to learn square dancing with classmates in school, for traditional gymnastics is too boring to inspire the students’ enthusiasm for working out. In addition, students can learn to cooperate with each other. Maybe this would be a way to build the school spirit with an activity that many students enjoy.(151words)
W: Hi, Tom, what are you doing here?
M: I’m waiting to buy a ticket to go home for Christmas.
I’ve been waiting for two hours, but it seems that I will have to wait for another two hours.
W: If Lisa doesn’t return my car in 15 minutes’ time, I’m afraid we’re going to be late for the baseball game.
M: Would you like me to get a taxi for you?
M: Jessie, would you like to have a cup of coffee with me?
W: I’d love to, but in fact, I’ve got to meet with the deadline of my paper tomorrow.
M: I want to exercise, but never seem to find time.
W: Why not do it first in the morning?
M: But I often get up at seven, have a quick breakfast, and then have to rush to the office by car.
W: What a memory I have! I did write down the number on a sheet of paper when I answered the phone this morning. But now the paper is missing.
M: Don’t worry. I’ll be seeing Mr. Brown in an hour.
M: Uh, excuse me, Professor Muse?
W: Oh, yes, Arnold, come in.
M: You asked to see me after class?
W: Yes, I did, Arnold. I just wanted to have a word with you about your performance in class lately. Your last three test scores have been very disappointing.
M: I know I have let you down. I will study much harder this semester.
W: Well, I’m glad to hear that, Arnold, because if you don’t improve, you will not be able to get a B or above for the final exam.
M: Mrs. Williams, I’d be grateful if you could just tell me a bit about yourself. Have you been swimming long?
W: No, not long at all. I started originally to get fit again after my youngest child was born. And I didn’t take it seriously at first; I only started practicing properly when I realized how much I was enjoying it.
M: So when did you start taking it seriously?
W: I suppose I started taking it seriously about three years ago. I joined the swimming club then, which really made me work at it.
M: And now, how often do you practice?
W: Every day. But I can’t go at a regular time, as I have to make arrangements for the children to be looked after.
M: And what does your husband think about it?
W: Oh, he thinks it’s wonderful, and he’s proud of me for getting onto the national team and winning prizes.
M: And how many prizes have you won?
W: Two so far. One was an individual medal and the other was a team cup.
M: Well, Thank you very much, Mrs. Williams.
W: Hi, Tommy, got a minute?
M: Sure, come in. What’s on your mind?
W: Oh, it’s the plan for the students about the use of computers.
M: What’s the trouble?
W: The students are supposed to use the computers for only one hour a day because so many students need to use them every day.
M: I can see that.
W: Well, now it seems that some of the students aren’t willing to give up their machines when the hour is over.
M: I suppose they feel that it doesn’t matter very much to keep them a few minutes more.
W: Yes, but this makes it hard for those who are waiting to use the machines.
M: You are right. Let’s prepare a notice right now. Then we can pass it out tomorrow to clear up the problem.
W: Good morning, Sales and Marketing, may I help you?
M: Hello, I’m interested in the job you’ve advertised for a marketing assistant.
W: Certainly, sir. Can I take your name?
M: My name is Sam Blunt.
W: Well, Mr. Blunt, what would you like to know?
M: First of all, about the duties.
W: Well, you have to carry out market research. You will mainly be responsible for collecting the information and writing reports.
M: Oh, sounds interesting. Will there be opportunities to travel？
W: Not at first, but after you’ve been with the company for about six months, you’ll be expected to attend meetings in some branches in different cities.
M: OK, that’s fine, thank you. I’ve already sent my application form in, so I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
W: Thank you for your interest, Mr. Blunt, and if you have any more questions, please call me anytime.
M: I will. Thank you very much. Bye.
W: Bye, Mr. Blunt.
W: Pleased to be here today. My name’s Joan, and I’d like to share with you something about my French learning. I still remember when I first started to learn the language I didn’t really have a problem with the pronunciation. I just had a hard time memorizing words. But I made a great effort and soon I was scoring ten out of ten in all of the tests. By the time I got to university, I could do some writing and translations without much difficulty, and I actually enjoyed learning the grammar rules. Then as part of my university course I had to go and live in France for a year. As soon as I arrived, I realized I didn’t know how to order the type of coffee I liked, and trying to find somewhere to live or stay was something difficult to deal with. I called people about information in the paper, but I had to keep putting the phone down because I couldn’t understand a word they were saying—they all spoke so quickly! I could see then that there’s no point in just knowing words if you can’t hold a conversation with a native speaker. The ability to speak freely is what helps you get a job, hold a conversation or just buy the things you need.