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2014“外研社杯”全国英语写作大赛决赛赛题

Task 1  Narrative Writing
 
Read the beginning of the letter below and then continue it following the writer’s line of thought. Complete the letter in 600–800 words.
 
A Letter on Father’s Day
 
Dear Dad,
 
Today I was at the shopping mall and I spent a lot of time reading the Father’s Day cards. They all had a special message that in some way or another reflected how I feel about you. Yet as I selected and read them over and over again, it occurred to me that not a single card said what I really want to say to you.
 
You’ll soon be 84 years old, Dad, and you and I will have had 55 Father’s Days together.
 
You know, Dad, there was a time when we were not only separated by a generation gap but completely polarized by it. You stood on one side of the Great Divide and I on the other, split apart by age and experience, opinion, hairstyle, clothing, curfew, music, and friends.
 
 
 
I love you, Dad.
 
Task 2  Argumentative Writing
 
Read the following paragraphs with contradicting views, and decide which side you will take. You should clearly state your opinions and support them with arguments and/or examples. You should write about 800 words.
 
The evening galas to be aired during the coming Spring Festival on national and regional TV stations are now drawing the attention of Chinese audiences. Many netizens commented that last year’s galas, from the China Central Television (CCTV) to local stations, went international. French film star Sophie Marceau and South Korean actor and singer Lee Min-ho were invited as guest performers to the CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala on New Year’s Eve, sparking a public controversy.
 
Some people are excited about such famous foreign figures coming to China, and think that there is nothing wrong in inviting foreign stars to the Spring Festival evening galas, especially because a huge number of Chinese really do enjoy foreign celebrities, foreign music and exotic fashions since China started its reform and opening-up more than three decades ago.
 
Some people, however, say it costs a lot more to invite foreign stars to a Chinese show. The money could be saved and used for nobler causes. They also think that a majority of the Spring Festival evening galas are put on for the grass-roots, farmers and workers for example. They ask: “Will these people be interested in foreign performers? There are plenty of stars they love here in China. Why don’t we bring them onto the stage?”