Vacancies (空位) now and in the school holidays at a country hotel in Devon. This comfortable, friendly home-from-home lies near the beautiful quiet countryside, but just a drive away from the sea. The food is simple but good. Children and pets are welcome.
Reduced prices for low season.
The Snowdonia Center
The Snowdonia Center for young mountain climbers has a mountain lesson. The beginners’ costs are ￡57 for a week, including food and rooms. Equipment is included except walking shoes, which can be hired at a low cost.
You must be in good health and prepared to go through a period of body exercises. This could be the beginning of a lifetime of lifetime of mountain climbing adventure.
The World Sea Trip of a Lifetime
Our World Sea Trip of 2008 will be unlike any holiday you have ever been on before. Instead of one hotel after another, with all its packing and unpacking waiting and traveling, you just go to bed in one country and wake up in another.
On board the ship, you will be well taken care of. Every meal will be first-class and every cabin like your home.
During the trip, you can rest on deck(甲板), enjoy yourself in the games rooms and in the evening dance to our musical team and watch our wonderful play.
You will visit all the places most people only dream about – from Acapulco and Hawaii to Tokyo and Hong Kong.
For a few thousand pounds, all you’ve ever hoped for can be yours.
1. What can you do if you like to go on holidays with pets?
2. In what way is the Snowdonia Centre different from the other two holidays?
3. What is special about the World Sea Trip of 2008?
4. At the Snowdonia Centre, the beginners’ costs of ￡57 do not cover .
At one time, computers were expected largely to remove the need for paper copies of documents(文件) because they could be stored electronically. But for all the texts that are written, stored and sent electronically, a lot of them are still ending up on paper.
It is difficult to measure the quantity of paper used as a result of use of Internet-connected computers, although just about anyone who works in an office can tell you that when e-mail is introduced, the printers start working overtime. “I feel in my bones this revolution is causing more trees to be cut down ,” says Ted Smith of the Earth Village Organization.
Perhaps the best sign of how computer and Internet use pushes up demand for paper comes from the high-tech industry itself, which sees printing as one of its most promising new markets. Several Internet companies have been set up to help small businesses print quality documents from a computer. Earlier this week Hewlett-Packard Co. announced a plan to develop new technologies that will enable people to print even more so they can get a hard copy of a business document, a medical record or just a one-line e-mail, even if they are nowhere near a computer. As the company sees it , the more use of the Internet the greater demand for printers .
Does all this mean environmental concerns have been forgotten? Some activists suggest people have been led to believe that a lot of dangers to the environment have gone away.
“I guess people believe that the problem is taken care of, because of recycling,” said Kelly Quirke, director of the Rainforest Action Network in San Francisco. Yet Quirke is hopeful that high-tech may also prove helpful. He says printers that print on both sides are growing in popularity.
The action group has also found acceptable paper made from materials other than wood, such as agricultural waste.
5. What does the underlined phases mean .
6. Hewlett-Packard Co. has decided to develop new technologies because .
7. Environmentalists believe one possible way of dealing with the paper situation is .
8. What would be the best title for the text ?
Five years ago, David Smith wore an expensive suit to work every day. “I was a clothes addict.” he jokes. “I used to carry a fresh suit to work with me so I could change if my clothes got wrinkled.” Today David wears casual clothes—khaki pants and a sports shirt—to the office. He hardly ever wears a necktie. “I am working harder than ever.” David says, “and I need to feel comfortable.”
More and more companies are allowing their office workers to wear casual clothes to work. In the United States, the change from formal to casual office wear has been gradual. In the early 1990s, many companies allowed their employees to wear casual clothes on Friday（but only on Friday）.This became known as “dress-down Friday” or “casual Friday”. “What started out as an extra one-day-a-week benefit for employees has really become an everyday thing.” said business consultant Maisly Jones.
Why have so many companies started allowing their employees to wear casual clothes? One reason is that it’s easier for a company to attract new employees if it has a casual dress code.” “A lot of young people don’t want to dress up for work,” says the owner of a software company, “so it’s hard to hire people if you have a conservative（保守的）dress code.” Another reason is that people seem happier and more productive when they are wearing comfortable clothes. In a study conducted by Levi Strauss and Company, 85 percent of employers said that they believe that casual dress improves employee morale（心境，士气）. Only 4 percent of employers said that casual dress has a negative influence on productivity. Supporters of casual office wear also argue that a casual dress code helps them save money. “Suits are expensive, if you have to wear one every day,” one person said. “For the same amount of money, you can buy a lot more casual clothes.”
9. David Smith wears casual clothes now, because .
10. According to this passage, which of the following statements is TRUE?
11. In this passage, the following advantages of casual office wear are mentioned EXCEPT .
More and more people like bicycling and it is no surprise. It is fun, healthy and good for the environment. Maybe that’s why there are 1.4 billion bicycles and only 400 million cars on roadsworldwide today. Bikes can take you almost anywhere, and there is no oil cost!
Get on a bicycle and ride around your neighbourhood. You may discover something new all around you. Stopping and getting off a bike is easier than stopping and getting out of your car.
You can bike to work and benefit (受益) from the enjoyable exercise without polluting the environment. You don’t even have to ride all the way. Folding (折叠) bikes work well for people who ride the train. Just fold the bike and take it with you. You can do the same on an airplane. A folding bike can be packed in a suitcase. You can also take a common bike with you when you fly. But be sure to look for information by getting on airline websites. Not all airlines are bicycle-friendly to travellers.
Health Benefits of Bicycling:
It helps to prevent heart diseases.
Bicycling helps to control your weight.
A 15-minute bike ride to and from work three times a week burns off five kilos of fat in a year.
Bicycling can improve your mood (心情).
Exercise like bicycling has been shown to make people feel better, more relaxed and self-confident.
Bicycling is healthier than driving.
12. From the passage, we know that bicycling is becoming very .
13. When you are riding your bicycle around your neighbourhood, you may .
14. One of the benefits from bicycling is that .
15. Which is TRUE according to the passage?
Diana got married and had a 5-year-old son named Dusfin. They lived a very happy life and have been expecting a new family member coming. But a disease forced her to experience an emergency operation to deliver their new daughter．At 12 inches long and _21___ only one pound and nine ounces，she was a premature baby．But the doctor’s soft words dropped like _22___．“I don’t think she’s going to make it” he said．“There’s only a 10-percent 23___she will pull through the night，and even then，if by some chance she does make it，her future could be a very 22___ one．”
David and Diana listened as the doctor 23 the serious problems the newly—born baby，Anna，would 26 face if she survived．She would never walk；she would never 25 ；she would probably be blind；and so on．
“No! No!” was all Diana could 28 ．The whole family had long 29 the day they would have a daughter to become a 30 of four．Now，within a matter of hours，that dream was slipping away. But Diana insisted，“I don’t care what the doctors say! One day she will be coming home with us!” [KS3UKS3UKS3U]
Certainly，there was 31 a moment when Anna suddenly grew 32 ．But as the weeks went by，she did 33 gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of 32 there. At last，when Anna turned two months old，her parents were able to 33 her in their arms for the very first time though 36 continued to gently but coldly 35 that her chances of surviving，much less living any kind of normal life，were next to zero．
Finally，Anna went home from the hospital，just as her mother had 38 .Today，five years later，Anna is a little but lively young girl with bright gray eyes 39 a strong interest for life. She shows no 40 of any mental or physical injuries. Simply，she is everything a little girl can be．
A few weeks ago, I was on vacation with my family in Malaysia. We visited lots of places. One of the hotels we ___41_____（stay）in was near a China Town.
Everything was cheap there， ___42_____ we did a lot of shopping. I was looking for a watch for ___43_____（I）and one for my girlfriend. There were many shops that were selling ___42_____ same watch—but for different prices. I finally found the best price when it was time ____43____ （pay）, I realized I was 10 dollars short, so I suggested ____44____ (return) one of the watches. The ___45_____ (own) of the shop asked why and I explained I didn’t have enough money with me. She smiled and said, “You can take it, but promise me you’ll pay tomorrow!” So I asked her what time she ____48____ (be) there the next day and said, “OK, I promise.”
Unfortunately we changed our hotel and the new one was much _____49____ (far) away from China Town, but I still walked all the way to her shop and gave her the money. She smiled and said, “You’re a good person.” It’s so beautiful when people ____50____ you don’t know trust you.
I am glad to learn from that you are coming to China and will stay at my home. My parents and I are very pleasing to have you with me. Now let me tell you that we have arranged for you. I know the school would organize a lot of things for you do in the morning. In the afternoon, I’ll show you around and take you to some place of interest. We’ll mostly stay at home in the evening watch TV, playing games, and meeting people. I’m sure we’ll have a wonderful time or enjoy each other’s company.
I’m looking forward to meet you soon.
Freshmen anywhere may be nervousabout university life．Here, three pieces of advice are for them.
Listen but don't be silent
The world is held in students’ hand via smart phones. Thus, they mayconsider lecture listening less important. 16 It forces students to face thedifficulties of training a deep attentiveness．Unsurprisingly, students find it hard to speak out,ask questions or for points of clarification. They don't want to appear foolishor incapable. However, there is no such thing as a foolish question. Teachersare there to help you understand. This also goes for seminars and workshops. 17
Read and buy books
18 There're so many usefulonline sources today, but the habit of reading books, especially whole books,is something being lost. Buy your own books．There are many bargains to be found on used-bookwebsites or through Amazon. Being a book lover and buyer will help any studentget the most out of their education.
As a student, you don't just have to learn to listen and become anactive reader: you also have to become an academic writer. Written work atcollege level cannot be done at the last minute or in a rush. It takes time.Turn to your teachers. If they will read draft essays then make sure you canget feedback（反馈）ahead of the finalsubmission. 20
Students who get feedback on theirwork always do better than those who do not. It is one of the few educationallaws that holds true in all cases