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4. An Eye-Witness Account of a Traffic Accident
My name is Li Ming. I am studying at college. A week ago I saw a traffic accident, which is still vivid in my mind.
It was at about 9:00 on Saturday morning, June 15th, when I went out of the university to visit a friend of mine at another university. I was walking leisurely on the sidewalk when I heard a loud crash of two vehicles just at the T-junction about 10 meters away. Two taxis crashed together. It was a traffic accident. I went up and found that the two taxis were badly damaged. Both hoofs were out of shape. One door of a car was knocked off and lying on the road. One driver was blooding and another was shut in the taxi. Some people were trying to help the driver get out of the damaged car. One man was calling to the traffic policeman station. A lot of cars were jammed on the road.
From the stopping track on the road, it is clear that the two taxis were driving too fast. But it is just one of the reasons. In my opinion, the taxi drivers are eager to take more passengers and make a little more money. On the other hand, both drivers don't show concern for one another. Both of them wanted to run in front of another. Therefore, the accident is inevitable. So far, we should let the drivers keep it in their mind that a little slower, a little safer. Taking care of other's lives means taking care of your own life.
5. Should the University Campus Be Open to Tourists?
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled Should the University Campus Be Open to Tourists? You should write at Least 120 words following the outline given below :
Should the University Campus Be Open to tourism?
Nowadays, many famous university campuses have become one of the popular tourist attractions. It has been shown on TV and on the radio that every year thousands and thousands of middle school students visit Tsinghua University and Peking University and other famous universities in China. In the place far away from the capital city, the local students also visit the universities famous in their own provinces.
So far as the present situation is concerned, is it a good or bad thing to open the university campus to tourists? Different people hold different opinions. On the one hand, some people argue that it is a good thing for the students to visit the famous university campus in that it can enable the middle students to get more information about the university and they can have enough time and opportunity to prepare themselves with the chance to get into the university. On the other hand，some people hold a negative view about this phenomenon. In their opinion, the public tourism will have a negative effect on the universities because it will not only do harm to the environment but also to the intellectual atmosphere.
As I see it, the tourism to the universities is not a good thing. The campus is mainly a place for study. With the increasing tourism on the campus, it will ruin the spiritual atmosphere in this learning field.
Nowadays, some famous universities have become a hot tourist attraction. Many middle school students and ordinary tourists swarm into university campuses such as Inner Mongolia University and Peking University. They can enjoy the intellectual atmosphere there and also be a part of it.
When it comes to whether the university campus should be open to tourists, different people hold different views. Some argue that since most universities belong to the country, every citizen has a right to visit them. What’s more, middle school students can have a good impression of the universities, which will set a definite goal for themselves. However, other people maintain that the visitors will distract the attention of teachers and students in universities; therefore, their visit should be banned.
As I see it, the visit brings people both benefits and harms. We should open most parts of universities to visitors; meanwhile, some private or important parts should not be opened. Only in this way can we satisfy both tourists and universities.
6. An announcement for a voluntary program
For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an announcement to welcome students to join a club. You should write at least 120 words following the outline given below in Chinese:
Dear fellow students, welcome to our club—the English Club. Our club organizes a wide variety of activities. We arrange the annual English Speech Contest, the winners of which will be able to attend the national contest. Also a weekly English Corner is available for every student to practice their spoken English.
The benefits of joining our club are manifold. To begin with, our members will gain more opportunities to improve the English proficiency, since we have to contact English teachers and foreign teachers frequently. What’s more, your organizational skills will be better with every member of our club having to participate in organizing the activities.
In order to join our club, you need to hand in an application form, which can be downloaded from We shall contact you with a week. If all the requirements are met, you will be able to be part of us.
10. What Electives to Choose
For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled What Electives to Choose. You should write at least 120 words following the outline given below in Chinese:
Nowadays, a growing number of electives are offered in all sorts of universities. According to a recent survey in China Daily, students can choose their favorite courses from a total number of 20,000 electives in Chinese universities. The topics include everything, from literature to engineering, from sociology to chemistry.
When asked why they choose the electives, different students provide different answers. Some of them choose the electives which are easier to study; therefore, the students will be able to win the credit with little effort. Other students maintain that they choose the electives that interest them the most. Still others choose the “practical” courses because they believe these programs will help them hunt for a better job when they graduate.
As to me, I choose two electives, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and economics. The former will equip me with more knowledge to read and write academic papers; while the latter is important in that everyone has to know a little economics in order to live better in the time of “market economy”.
1. 社会热点：after-sale service; the open-door policy; collectively-owned enterprise; shareholding enterprise; joint venture; state-owned enterprise; western region development/development of the west; comprehensive force of the country; crime rate; economic growth; economic reform; exterior environment; government at all levels; high-tech products; all walks of life; population expansion/explosion; poverty-stricken rural areas; gain material wealth; deserve one’s attention; construction of basic facilities; scenic spots; make relevant rules; lay down/ formulate laws and regulations to protect/preserve; put in sufficient sum of capital; improve/raise people’s consciousness of the importance/harm of; be preoccupied with; enjoy the full benefits of advanced modern technology; shoulder the for doing sth.; It is absolutely impossible for sb. to do sth.; spring up like bamboo shoots after spring rain
2. 学习/教育： college entrance examination; an open-book examination; compulsory courses; optional courses; major; compulsory education; education for quality; education for test; extracurricular activities; passive memory; active thinking; to adapt oneself to society; to acquire knowledge; to enrich experience/knowledge; to foster a good habit of learning; to get the all-round moral, intellectual, and physical development; to give priority to study; to keep abreast of the newest development; to receive further education; to popularize the 9-year compulsory education; enable sb. to do sth.; a microcosm of society; prepare oneself for; time-consuming; provide sb. with sth./provide sth. for sb.; serve our country and people well; exert great influence on sth; take an optimistic/pessimistic attitude toward sth. abandon one’s school; arrive at a predetermined destination; drop out of school
3. On examination: entrance examination to…/college entrance examination; measure a student’s level/measure how much progress students have achieved/made after a period of instruction; examinations are an indispensable part of one’s learning; students need to have a kind of pressure that enables them to learn the lessons by heart and to think; side effects; encourages bad study habits; memorize mechanically rather than think creatively; fail to motivate students to seek more knowledge;
4. On Environment: environmental protection is a worldwide problem. Cherish (flowers, grass, etc); These are our duty and obligation; have the consciousness of environment protection; the destruction/protection of our environment; ( Take measures): treat waste gases; protect water sources; purify waste ; lay down laws and regulations
5. On Computers: With the development of science and technology, computers have been playing an increasingly important role in people’s life./ Nowadays, people cannot imagine the world without computers.( … what the world would be like without computers) It has brought a lot of convenience to…(our work and study)./ It has brought us a lot of benefits. By computers, we can…; raise one’s work efficiency;
Computers also create/cause some serious problems as well: computer crimes/ criminals; hackers steal important information; spread computer virus; pollute people’s/children’s mind.
Despite all these advantages, computers also bring us some troubles. For example…
We should not become the slave of it but its master.
6. Hobbies: make people feel relaxed and cheerful; widen people’s view and help them know more; help people to understand the world, to comprehend life philosophically
7. Possible reasons why so many people enroll in the Graduate Entrance Exam:
(1) It stems from employment pressure, because most employers nowadays demand advanced degrees;
(2) A bachelor's degree is no longer evaluated as a sufficient qualification to ensure a decent job;
(3) Some people find their knowledge inadequate to meet the demand of this ever-changing world;
(4) For some people, pursuing a graduate degree is a step toward fulfilling a dream once set aside;
(5) Some enroll to acquire skills necessary to become more effective in their chosen fields;
(6) Some others only follow the suit with no specific purpose.
In my view, we have to think carefully before we make the decision to apply for graduate schools. Can graduate schools offer me what I want to learn? Do I need practical work experience or theoretical knowledge? These questions need to be answered before we make the final decision.
8. On Tourism/Travel
Nowadays, more and more people travel to other places and even other countries just for the sake of pleasure and sightseeing.
Reasons: (1) As people are becoming increasingly wealthier, they can afford to travel:
(2) People can broaden their horizons through visiting different places.
(3) Travel is good for health. When we are traveling, we get exercise and fresh air.
Advantages: Tourism brings China a lot of good. To begin with, it enables Chinese to know about outside world and contribute to international friendship and mutual understanding, More importantly, it is profitable to China because tourism greatly encourages foreign investment in China.
9 On Increased College Enrollment
Advantages: (1)provide more opportunities for college education;
(2) lessen the worries of parents;
(3) lessen pressure on high-school graduates;
(4) raise the educational level of the nation;
(5) produce more students with specialized .knowledge
Potential problems: (1) crowded dormitories and dining-halls;
(2)negative effects on teaching quality;
(3) increased competition in the job market;
(4)greater financial burden on some parents;
(5) Heavier burden on teachers;
10. On Interpersonal Relations
They are important because: (1) humans are social beings, so we need to contact others;
(2) we can get help from other people;
(3) it is also an enjoyment to help others
How to cultivate harmonious relations:
(1) we sacrifices sometimes;
(2) everyone in the society has to know we are interdependent, not totally independent. ，办CET4证书