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Having a break (稍作休息)

2006-07-29 14:02

  我学生的英语基础很差,无论做功课还是上课都感到吃力。一些同学便要求把80分钟的英语课分作两部分,中间可让他们稍作休息。

  TEACHER'S

  Dear students,

  One of you told me in her STS that during the first two lessons (usually English) most of you are still tired (feeling sleepy maybe)。 She gave me a good piece of advice——giving you a break in between the first and the second lessons. I think it is a good idea. Do you think so? Perhaps during the break you may have some water, go to the washroom, have a little sleep, comb your hair, tidy up the loose end of your shirt, have a nice chat with your neighbours, copy something, etc. I think five or ten minutes  should be enough. I'm sure you'll enjoy having a break like this.

  I know I am giving you quite a few home assignments. But for some students, no matter how many assignments I give them, they are still happy-going because they never do it. If you are not one of these students and if you are worrying that you cannot complete all the exercises, please take it easy. Relax! Just try your best. You know some people need to eat more in order to feel full but some eat just a little and then they cannot take any more. It is the same thing with studies. Some students can do more exercises but some can't. If you are the weaker students, you can consider “co-operating” with your group members in doing home assignments. But let me remind you, in order to prepare for the Certificate Exam, you should keep all my handouts in good conditions and read them over and over again. Those materials are good, especially for writing compositions. If you have got a good memory, you had better memorize the words and phrases. Your English will make a great leap forward.  Remember my motto:

  Learn a little every day.

  Never think that it is too late!

  When I was a primary school student, I was always among the bottom five students in class position according to the exam results. The situation remained the same during the first term of secondary one. A new Maths teacher (a Miss) came and she did not know that I was a “bottom” student. She thought I was a smart student (she was making a mistake) because I was quite good at Maths (the only subject I was good at)。 I did not want to disappoint her, so I worked really hard (she was not a world beauty but she was nice)。 Guess what——I made it. I came third in the class exam results. From that time onward till I graduated from Chinese University, I never fell behind the third position in the class exam results. Miracle! Her silly mistake worked a miracle for me.

  A miracle happened to me. It could also happen to you!

  Dennis

  advice是不可数名词,如形容多个建议应写作many pieces of advice.而advise是动词。

  in between跟between区别不大。

  have是一个有多种用途的动词

  ·have some water =喝水

  ·have breakfast =吃早餐

  ·have a meeting =召开会议

  ·have a baby =生子

  chat是不注重内容的谈话,而talk则形容较有实质内容的对话。

  用现在进行时可表明某事在近期经常发生。

  happy-going解作“开朗的”,而easy-going则解作“随和的”。

  many exercises解作“很多作业”,而much exercise则解作“大量运动”。

  此处的take可以用eat或have代替。

  studies解作“研究科目/课题”时通常用复数,因包括不同科目。

  留意正确用法:

  ·…consider to do… ×

  ·…consider doing… √

  co-operating跟collaborating意思相近。

  此处的materials严格来说应是teaching materials(教材)。

  此处的great leap forward =great improvement.

  every day是词组,例如:I learn every day.而everyday是形客词,例如:everyday learning.

  一般说来always比often和usually更表明时间上的频繁。

  不少学生混淆了though、thought和through的拼法。

  smart的同义词包括bright、clever和intelligent.

  good at的反义词是weak in.

  留意不同用法:

  ·I'm disappointed. =我很失望。

  ·You disappoint me. =你令我失望。

  ·I'm disappointed in you. =我对你失望。

  From that time onward可以简单地写作From then on.

  graduate的用法是:

  …graduated in social science from/at Chinese University.

  worked a miracle for me的意思是“为我创造了一个奇迹”。

  LANGUAGE SKILL

  Gerund

  所谓“动名词”(gerund)简单地说就是:动词(verb)加上-ing;它的作用相等于名词。在某些情况下,考生必须使用动名词,好让阅卷者不怀疑考生的英语能力。在某些动词(例如:enjoy、consider、avoid等)之后,我们必须用名词或动名词。请看本单元的例子。

  EXAMPLE

  1.I'm sure you'll enjoy having (动名词) a break like this.

  2.…you can consider co-operating (动名词)with your group members.

  此外,在介词(preposition)之后的任何动词都要改为动名词。请再参考本单元的例子。

  EXAMPLE

  1.…consider co-operating with your group members in (介词) doing home assignments.

  2.Those materials are good, especially for (介词) writing compositions.

  为了应付会考,学生们须面对很多测验和功课,他们都在STSs中向我诉苦。请在下列四段STSs中,在没有变为动名词的动词下画上横线,然后在右栏填上正确的动名词,若该行没有错误,请打√。

  Test Your Understanding

  1.In the Maths quiz, I had got 21 marks out of 50. I had never passed any Maths quizzes before. So I felt very happy. Do you know that I enjoy basketball? But I cannot continue to stay in the basketball team because I am too short. I don't like be called a “short boy”。

  2.Let me tell you a piece of good news. I have told you that I worried about get low marks in the Maths quiz and I thought I would fail in this quiz. Today, Mr. Lee sent back the quiz papers to us. After look at the results, my worries all disappeared.

  3.This week we have many home assignments. Sometimes I really get tired of do homework endlessly. Mr. Yeung, how can I avoid to have such an attitude?

  4.These two weeks we have so much homework to do. What's more, many quizzes and tests are coming. I keep have bad dreams these few nights. Some of them were about fail in tests and quizzes. I think that get low marks often in tests and quizzes makes us lose confidence.

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