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2013年11月3日复赛赛题

Task 1 Argumentative Writing

Trying to decide between public school and homeschooling can be difficult. Read the following two paragraphs which present contradicting views. Write a passage about the issue, clearly stating your opinion and explaining your reasons. You should write about 500 words.

 

Public schools provide children with many advantages both inside and outside the classroom. They generally have a range of children from a wide variety of backgrounds. This provides an opportunity for children to learn to negotiate with others, accepting and challenging other points of view, and learning to understand people with diverse backgrounds and values. The funding from the government allows public schools to offer an array of advanced classes in the arts, technology studies and the sciences, any and all of which might be difficult to provide by homeschooling parents who do not have specialized training. Public schools also expose students to a variety of teachers, which gives them an opportunity to learn from diverse pedagogies (教学方法).

However, homeschooling also has benefits that can hardly be realized in public schools. One of the biggest advantages of homeschooling is the fact that the teacher, the parent, can give individual attention to the child. Homeschooled children often have a better understanding of lessons and cover more materials than their peers. In a familiar setting, children are more likely to actively participate in their lessons. Because homeschooled children do not have set hours, they can work at their own pace at any point during the day. Moreover, homeschooled children do not grow up with the pressure of trying to be like everyone else in order to fit in, so they are not so easily influenced by their peers.

 

Task 2 Expository Writing

Write a passage based on the two bar charts below. The charts show the age groups of Chinese mobile netizens (网民) and the types of apps (应用程序) they download. In your writing, you should summarize the features of the two charts and make comparisons to examine whether there is any connection between them. You should write about 500 words.

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