English, which has been one of the core subjects in China's national college entrance exam for almost 30 years, looks set to be reduced in importance (降低重要性)from 201.
The current English test in the Gaokao is to be replaced by social English tests available to the public for several times every year. The exam's full mark of the test will also be lowered from 150 at present to 100. The test result will also be graded into levels A, B and C which will count towards the final Gaokao score.
This came amidst rumors sweeping online that English might be removed(退出) altogether from the Gaokao – a claim which has since been denied by the Beijing education authority – but not the central government. It is also said that the students' learning interests on Chinese language might be further aroused.
Part I Writing (30 minutes)
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled Air Pollution following the outline given below. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
It is reported that thick fog and haze surround many parts of China. People have to wear masks when they go out. As air pollution is getting increasingly worse, it has become the main concern of people.
Air pollution can have serious consequences for human’s health and also severely affects natural ecosystems. Millions of people die of illnesses related to air pollution every year. Due to particles from exhaust emissions, green house effects result in warmer weather, acid rains corrode the earth, and frequent haze causes traffic problems.
Confronted with such situation, positive measures should be adopted. The government should keep its regulatory role for properly supervision. Related rules should be made out for reducing emissions of new vehicles and limiting high-emission vehicles. Factories should meet standards for curbing emissions of pollutants in surrounding cities. Meanwhile, provinces and municipalities in each target region should set up a mechanism for the joint prevention and control of air pollution.
第一段中thick fog and haze意为“雾霾”，getting increasingly worse意为“日益恶化”;第二段中severely affects natural ecosystems意为“严重影响自然生态系统”，exhaust emissions意为“废弃排放”，green house effects意为“温室效应”，corrode意为“腐蚀”;第三段中keep its regulatory role意为“发挥其监管的职责”;curbing emissions of pollutants意为“减少污染物的排放”。
Effects of Financial Crisis on College Students
Since the financial crisis swept the world, the global economy has sunk into a severe recession. It's hard to get through a day without hearing or reading news about the devastating effects of the crisis: A world of companies go bankrupt, millions of employees are laid off, high-return investment bubbles burst, and huge sums of loans can never be retrieved. Its impact on our daily life can be felt in all walks of life.
College students inevitably fall victim to this pervasive slump as well. On top of that, internships and job vacancies are reduced to the minimum as companies keep shrinking. New graduates find themselves hard to get a job, not to speak of a satisfactory one. What comes next? Poor students will be hard-pressed if they find student loans unavailable any more. As a result, some even cannot afford to continue their studies. Lastly, more students are probably out there anxiously looking for part-time jobs now that they have to help cover their expenses in this gloomy economy. Their innocence and eagerness might be taken advantage of by some malicious businesspeople, or even criminal gang.
In response to these threats, we students must act promptly and wisely. Since we definitely will be facing a competitive job market, it's crucial that we submit high quality resumes. Therefore, we must commit more to our professional studies. Even do better, master more relevant job skills as a double security. Furthermore, apply for scholarships and grants, as these are still available and we don't have to pay them back. As for the safety issues, trust our instinct - there's no free lunch in this world. Anything that promises quick returns without much work is a sure trap. Stay alert and protect ourselves.