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2013年10月27日复赛赛题

Task 1 Argumentative Writing

Write a passage in response to the text below. You should state clearly whether you agree or disagree with the text and explain your reasons for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the author’s opinion might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. You should write about 500 words.

 

Every time a “rude Chinese tourist” story is published in a newspaper or on a website, it goes straight into the top 10 most read articles. Chinese tourists are now notorious (臭名昭著的) for their misbehavior, often labeled as pushy, loud, impolite and unruly. Recently, two events—a 15-year-old student carving his name on a 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple and a mother letting her child defecate (排便) on the floor of an airport—once again threw Chinese tourists into the center of public anger and criticism. Many Chinese at home feel ashamed.

       However, anger, shame and criticism provide no solutions to the problem. Can we just give the issue some serious thought? Were the “wrongdoers” aware they were breaking rules? An honest answer probably is “No”. They may just have behaved as they do at home, not realizing that it is not the same abroad. They were shocked too when their behavior hit the headlines. This reminds us of a similar situation. Twenty years ago Western visitors to China were often accused of being rude and arrogant because they were not cooperative enough, always demanding THEIR rights. How Ironic! Though people don’t realize it, this is a common situation in cross-cultural communication. Misunderstanding arises when people from different cultural backgrounds meet, and the visitor is often seen as an “intruder” (侵入者) intent on doing harm. Yet, anger and criticism only cause embarrassment; the only effective way is to build bridges of understanding through changes made from both sides.

 

Task 2 Expository Writing

Write a passage to explain the Chinese School System (pre-schools, primary schools & secondary schools) to foreigners. You should write about 500 words.