More students than ever before are taking a gap year(间隔年) before going to university. It used to be the "year off" between school and university. The gap-year phenomenon originated(起源) with the months left over to Oxbridge applicants between entrance exams in November and the start of the next academic year.
This year, 25,310 students who have accepted places in higher education institutions have put off their entry until next year, according to statistics on university entrance provided by the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS).
That is a record 14.7% increase in the number of students taking a gap year. Tony Higgins from UCAS said that the statistics are good news for everyone in higher education. "Students who take a well-planned ye ar out are more likely to be satisfied with, and complete, their chosen course. Students who take a gap year are often more mature and responsible," he said.
But not everyone is happy. Owain James, the president of the National Union of Students (NUS), argued that the increase is evidence of student hardship - young people are being forced into earning money before finishing their education. "New students are now aware that they are likely to leave university up to￡15,000 in debt. It is not surprising that more and more students are taking a gap year to earn money to support their study for the degree. NUS statistics show that over 40% of students are forced to work during term time and the figure increases to 90% during
===========Vancouver’s Chinatown-Canada’s largest Chinatown
Vancouver’s Chinatown is North America’s second biggest Chinatown, after San Francisco’s. Mandarin(普通话)and Cantonese are the mother tongues in 30% of Vancouver homes, which makes Chinese the largest "minority" ethnic group(少数民族).
Vancouver’s Chinatown is the place to visit for a taste of Chinese culture.
In Chinatown, there are a lot of traditional products and buildings, such as the stone lions which represent for the prestige(名声；声望),many red lanterns which stands for the happiness. What’s more interesting, in Chinatown, a typical Suzhou garden can be found. Chinatown not only expresses the culture of China to the other cultures, but also one part shows that Vancouver is the multicultural society. Chinatown which carries many Chinese cultures is built by Chinese in Vancouver. In the beginning, Chinatown was the community only for Chinese people, but nowadays, more and more other people from different countries are willing to know the Chinatown, It is the part of the Vancouver’s society, and Chinatown is also changing gradually in order to adjust to Vancouver.
There are lots of interesting markets with many varieties of fresh and dried seafood and mushrooms in the China town. You’ll also find cheap and fine house ware and traditional Chinese medicine. During the summer, on weekend evenings, Keefer and Pender Streets become a busy open-air night market. If you have enough time for a meal, try
============ You probably laugh at something you find funny, but how much do you really know
about jokes and humour? Reader’s Digest (RD) questioned several experts to give us some facts about them.
RD: What’s the oldest joke in the world?
"We can’t know the oldest joke in the world because it would have existed earlier than
writing," says Christie Davies, professor of sociology at the University of Reading in the UK. The oldest joke book that’s been found so far is the Greek Philogelos. It dates from the 4th century AD, although the jokes date from an earlier time. According to psychogist Steve Wilson, director of National Humor Month ( April in the US ), it contains 265 jokes.
RD: Do some people fail to develop a sense of humour?
Rod Martin, professor of psychology at the Western University in Canada, believes
that while everyone is born without a sense of humour, as we develop, humour and laughter begin to appear. "Of course, some children are more serious, quiet, and less likely to laugh frequently, but this doesn’t mean they don’t have a sense of humour." And according to Steve Wilson, there are no adults who don’t have a sense of humour. "Almost everyone is able to develop a sense of humour, and I teach people how," he says.
RD: Do people share a sense of humour unique to their own nation?
Sense of humour does differ a lot by country, according to an author named Scott
Weems. British humour is thought to be absurd in nature, while American humo
You may ride on your bicycle in a rush to get to school every morning.You may fight to get a bit of space on a bus or on the subway.You may also watch taxis crawl their way through traffic jams.No matter where you are, all big cities around the world have traffic jams these days. But although they all have their problems, many cities also have a type of transport that has become a cultural icon (文化标识). In London to avoid the traffic above ground, people use the "underground", also called the "Tube".The city has the oldest and most complicated underground railway system in the world and is the pride of many Londoners. With 12 lines and 275 stations across the city, the Tube, is normally the quickest and easiest way of getting around London. In London, you are never far from a Tube station. New York is famous for its Yellow cabs.They serve as a quick and easy way of getting across Manhattan, where the subway doesn’t take you everywhere. Stopping a cab is easy； just stick out your arm like you do in any city. But, with over 12,000 yellow cabs in the Big Apple, they also cause traffic jams. Since 1873 when the first cable car started public service, the slow and noisy vehicle has been a symbol of San Francisco. Although once damaged by a serious earthquake and challenged by cars, it is never caught in traffic jams and provides better views than the subway. But there are no such symbols in Los Angeles. If you visit you’d better rent a car. The city’s public transportation
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Because of his family’s Jewish background, they are sent to live in the concentration camps (集中营). Scared and alone, Joshua one day makes friends with a little mouse he calls Bethlehem who becomes his closest friend.
presents the highlights of his 83 years of life, including his trips to India and the study of the writings of several great spiritual leaders.
More things in Heaven will appeal to anyone who insists on finding the deepest meaning for their existence based on their own experiences.
in faith and to be a cure for chromic depression(长期抑郁) … cure to strengthen identity and purpose.
How old is the Earth? The debate between science and religion continues to be heated. In Creation or Evolution, Michael Ebifegha examines these two opposed world views within the structure of empirical(实证的) science.
success whether in your current job, finding a new job, in education, family, or even hobbies.
Dog owners now have a little help understanding their angry friends. A new device called Bow-Lingual "translates" dog barks into English, Korea or Japanese.
Bow-Lingual’s Japanese inventors spent much time and money analyzing dog barks. They found that dog noises can be broken down into six different emotions: happiness, sadness, frustration, anger, assertion and desire. Part of the Bow-Lingual device hangs on the dog’s collar. The other part is a handle-held unit for the owner. When the dog barks, the unit displays translated phrases.
Some people have scoffed at Bow-Lingual. "Who would pay US $ 120 to read a dog’s mind?" they ask, but those who have purchased Bow-Lingual praise the device. Pet owner Keiko Egawa, of Japan, says it helps her empathize with her dog, Harry. "Before we go to the park, he always says he wants to play," says Egawa, "and after a walk, he always says he is hungry. "
Bow-Lingual is not yet available in Chinese. So you’d better keep studyi ng Studio Classroom, or soon your dog may know more English than you do!
1. The writer of this passage is most likely to be _____.
A. an advertiser B. a reporter C. a dog owner D. an expert on dog barks
2. What does "scoffed at" mean in the 3rd paragraph?
A. Doubted about. B. Questioned at. C. Laughed at. D. Shouted at.
3. Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
A. Bow-Lingual is a new device that enables dog
The morning had been a disaster. My tooth was aching，and I’d been in an argument with a friend. Her words still hurt："The trouble with you is that you won’t put yourself in my place. Can’t you see things from my point of view？"I shook my head stubbornly－and felt the ache in my tooth. I’d thought I could hold out t ill my dentist came back from holiday，but the pain was really unbearable. I started calling the dentists in the phone book，but no one could see me immediately. Finally，at about lunchtime，I got lucky.
"If you come by right now，"the receptionist said，"the dentist will fit you in."
I took my purse and keys and rushed to my car. But suddenly I began to doubt about the dentist. What kind of dentist would be so eager to treat someone at such short notice？Why wasn’t he as busy as the others?
In the dentist’s office，I sat down and looked around. I saw nothing but the bare walls and I became even more worried. The assistant noticed my nervousness and placed her warm hand over my ice?cold one.
When I told her my fears，she laughed and said，"Don’t worry. The dentist is very good."
"How long do I have to wait for him？"I asked impatiently.
"Come on，he is coming. Just lie down and relax. And enjoy the artwork，"the assistant said.
"The a rtwork？"I was puzzled.
The chair went back. Suddenly I smiled. There w as a beautiful picture，right where I could enjoy it：on the ceiling. How considerate the dentist was！At that moment，I began to understand wha
When milk arrived on the doorstep
When I was a boy growing up in New Jersey in the 1960s, we had a milkman delivering milk to our doorstep. His name was Mr. Basille. He wore a white cap and drove a white truck. As a 5-year-old boy, I couldn’t take my eyes off the coin changer fixed to his belt. He noticed this one day during a delivery and gave me a quarter out of his coin changer.
Of course, he delivered more than milk. There was cheese, eggs and so on. If we needed to 【全国百强校】河北省武邑中学2015-2016学年高二下学期周考（6.19）英语试题（含听力）【全国百强校】河北省武邑中学2015-2016学年高二下学期周考（6.19）英语听力.mp3
A young couple decided to get married.As the big day drew nearer and nearer,they both grew nervous because each of them had a problem.The bridegroom decided to ask his father for advice."Dad,"he said,"I love Lily very much,but I have very smelly feet,so I’m afraid that she will not put up with them." His father said,"All you have to do is wash your feet as often as possible,and you should always wear socks,even when you go to bed." Well,it seemed a workable solution,the young man thought.
The young woman turned to her mother."Mom,"she said,"My morning breath is so bad that I’m afraid my new husband will not want to live in the same room with me.I love him.I can’t live without him."Her mother said,"In the morning,get straight out of bed when you wake up,and head for the bathroom and brush your teeth.Don’t say any word before you brush your teeth."The young woman followed her mother’s advice.
They were finally married in a wonderful ceremony(仪式).Not forgetting the advice each had received,they carefully spent every day.The husband wore his socks every night and the wife kept her mornings silent；they did quite well until about a month later.Just before dawn(黎明),the husband woke only to find that one of his socks was gone!Thinking of the terrible result,he felt frightened at once.He jumped up and began to search the bed for his sock in a hurry.Of course,this made the wife woken.Without thinking,the wife asked,"What on
One day a father and his rich family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose [来源:.Com]to show him how poor people can be.
They spent a day and a night on the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"Very good, Dad!"
"Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.
"And what did you learn?"
The son answered, "I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden； they have a creek(小河) that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden； they have the stars. Our patio(庭院) reaches to the front yard； they have a whole horizon."
When the little boy finished, his father was speechless.
The son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are!"
Isn’t it true that it all depends on the way you look at things? If you have love, friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude towards life, you’ve got everything!
You can’t buy any of these things. You may have all the material possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc. But if you are poor of spirit, you have nothing!
"Command those who are rich in the things of this life not to be proud, but to place their hope, not in such an uncertain thing as riches, but in God, who generously gives us everything for our [来源:.Com]enjoyment. "
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