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Worksheet for English Clinic Date

    NCU English Study Group Weekly Report Worksheet

Meeting ___8/58/6____

    Group No.___ Group Name________

Secretary of the Week: 吳俊陞

    1. Material(s) used: 本周Taipei Times報導選讀一篇

     : Kids avoid playing outside, survey shows

     : New York girl survives 14-story drop

     :

2. Summary of the things you learned/activities you did this week (e.g. new vocabulary, phrases, sentences,

    plot of the movie, etc.)

    :

    Kids avoid playing outside, survey shows

    By Flora Wang

    STAFF REPORTER

Taiwanese children are spending most of their leisure time on activities that do not require interpersonal

    communication at home, going outdoors for physical exercise or playing with their peers, a survey released

    yesterday suggested.

The Chinese-language magazine Education, Parenting and Family Style surveyed 3,996 fifth and

    eighth-graders and 1,206 homeroom teachers from May 26 to June 17.

The survey of students showed that 59.1 percent of the respondents often played at home rather than

    outdoors. The nature of their leisure activities was mostly static, with surfing the Internet and watching TV

    or DVDs topping their activity choices.

These children spend most of their leisure time at home when they are supposed to be enjoying their

    youth, the magazines editor-in-chief Ho Chi-yu (何琦瑜) told a press conference.

Ho said she was also surprised to learn that 28.2 percent of the students complained that they don’t have

    enough time to play.

The survey of teachers showed that 70.5 percent believed their students had serious problems with

    interpersonal relationships.

A cross-analysis of the answers regarding free time and interpersonal relationships showed that those

    students who did not have enough time to play had more difficulties making friends.

A total of 61.8 percent of the students said they attended cram schools, while 34.2 percent said they spent

    more than three hours at a cram school every day.

Ninety-three percent of teachers said their students had a low motivation to learn.

Ho said the large amount of time pupils spent at cram schools every day might be the main reason they were

    not motivated.

    Joyce Feng (馮燕), chairwoman of the Child Welfare League Foundation and dean of National Taiwan Universitys Office of Student Affairs, told the conference that adults should respect “children’s basic human

    right to play.

“When they play, they feel happy and their potential increases,” she said.

New Vocabulary:

    1. cram school: 補習班 2. pipil: 小學生

    3. chairwoman: 女主席, 女議長

    4. dean: 教務長

Good Sentence:

    1. Taiwanese children are spending most of their leisure time on activities that do not require interpersonal

    communication at home, going outdoors for physical exercise or playing with their peers, a survey

    released yesterday suggested.

    2. A cross-analysis of the answers regarding free time and interpersonal relationships showed that those

    students who did not have enough time to play had more difficulties making friends.

    :

    New York girl survives 14-story drop

AP, NEW YORK

    Monday, Aug 04, 2008, Page 1

    A 12-year-old girl just wanted to show her cousin the view from her family’s rooftop. Instead, she fell into a chimney and plummeted 14 stories, emerging nearly unscathed after landing in a pile of soot.

    Grace Bergere was recovering at a New York hospital on Saturday with an injured hip. A 60cm deep pile of ash

    and dust probably saved her life by cushioning her fall when she crashed into a basement furnace, fire officials

    said.

Firefighters responding to an emergency call never expected to find the girl alive. While her father screamed her

    name, they opened a metal door at the bottom of the chimney, ready for the worst.

When Grace’s small hand poked out, ‚I just jumped back,‛ firefighter Simon Ressner said. ‚I wasn’t

    expecting anybody alive at the bottom of the shaft, so I was shocked.‛

The rooftop adventure started at about 10:30pm, when Grace decided to show her cousin the view from atop the

    building.

To get to the highest point, she climbed up a 7.5m ladder alongside the big brick chimney. When she reached the

    top, there was an unpleasant surprise: the gaping mouth of the chimney.

New Vocabulary:

    1. chimney: 煙囪 2. plummet: 筆直落下 3. cushion: 緩衝 4. adventure: 冒險

Good Sentence:

    1. A 12-year-old girl just wanted to show her cousin the view from her family’s rooftop. Instead, she fell into a

    chimney and plummeted 14 stories, emerging nearly unscathed after landing in a pile of soot.

    2. A 60cm deep pile of ash and dust probably saved her life by cushioning her fall when she crashed into a

    basement furnace, fire officials said.

    :

    Taiwan Post to dump new moniker

    By Shelley Shan

    STAFF REPORTER

    Saturday, Aug 02, 2008, Page 1

    The Taiwan Post Co (台灣郵政) said yesterday it would soon change its name back to Chunghwa Post (中華郵

    ), a measure expected to cost NT$8 million (US$260,000).

The company changed its name from Chunghwa Post to Taiwan Post in February last year at a cost of around

    NT$12 million.

The move at the time upset the Chunghwa Postal Workers’ Union, which staged a protest outside the

    company’s headquarters.

The second name change was passed unanimously at a board meeting yesterday and won praise from the

    workers’ union.

Taiwan Post chairman Wu Min-yu (吳民佑) said 30 post offices countrywide would need to have signs replaced,

    which would be completed by Monday.

Wu said the name change was being carried out in response to a resolution passed by the legislature in April. The

    resolution said the company had not completed the required legal procedures to change its name to Taiwan Post

    and said it must change its name again within six months.

Wu said customers with Taiwan Post savings accounts would still be able to use account books with ‚Taiwan

    Post‛ printed on the cover. Postage stamps issued by the Taiwan Post will also still be valid.

‚The interests of our customers remained unchanged,‛ he said.

Chunghwa Post vice president Su Tien-fu (蘇添富) said NT$8 million was only an estimate for the cost of the

    name change.

The bottom line may add up to less than that, Su said.

‚When we took the Chunghwa Post signs and billboards down last year, we put them in our storage just in case

    we might need them again,‛ Su said. ‚And to save all the trouble, we simply put ‘Taiwan Post’ stickers on

    top of the name ‘Chunghwa Post’‛ on smaller signs such as at ATMs.

    ‚Now, we only need to wash those billboards and tear off those stickers,‛ he said.

The meeting yesterday also confirmed the reappointment of former board member Liu Cheng-chi (劉政池).

Liu was removed from the board by Vice Minister of Transportation and Communications Ho Nuan-hsuen (何煖

    ) for allegedly leaking information to the press. Ho later also filed slander charges against Liu, accusing him of

    seeking to damage the company’s reputation by divulging negative information.

Wu dismissed speculation that Liu had been reappointed because of pressure from Liu’s brother, Miaoli County

    Commissioner and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) member Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻). Liu Cheng-chi was appointed to the board to ‚help the company’s business,‛ Wu said.

But anonymous postal workers upset by the decision wrote in a letter distributed to reporters: ‚What makes Liu

    so special that he should be employed again and again by the board? ... There are about 5,000 people in this

    company who are experts in the postal business. Can they all be appointed too?‛

New Vocabulary:

    1. Move(n):措施、對策

    2. Headquarter:總辦公處

    3. Billboard:廣告牌

    4. Anonymous:匿名

    5. Moniker: 綽號

    Good Sentence:

    1. The move at the time upset the Chunghwa Postal Workers’ Union, which staged a protest outside the

    company’s headquarters.

2. “When we took the Chunghwa Post signs and billboards down last year, we put them in our storage just

    in case we might need them again,” Su said. “And to save all the trouble, we simply put ‘Taiwan Post’

    stickers on top of the name ‘Chunghwa Post’” on smaller signs such as at ATMs.

3. Reflection

     In this week, we begin to study English writing using new approach which is reading an article of Taipei times that picked by ourself ourselves. In this week, we begin to use a new approach to study English

    writing. This approach is to pick up articles of Taipei Times by ourselves. And, we must to pick up the key word and sentences. Then, we will talk about that with the others. I think this approach is good for

    learning words and sentences. In the future, we will select the topic to practice English writing.

     After discussion, we found that this approach is more interesting than grammar exercise. We can share a

    lot of funny and amazing information on the news paper newspaper, and learn others view of reading points

    of view. Therefore, we wish all of us will keep on enjoying learning English by ourself ourselves.

    Summary的部分可以試著自己寫寫看,寫很少也沒關係,寫出大綱即可。 也可以選幾個比較難的字去查英英字典,看看英文怎麼解釋。英文解釋的感覺跟只看中文意思有時候

    差很多喔!

    劉詠華老師希望在check2 (8/27)的時候,每組可以用英文作一個3-5分鐘的簡短報告,當作成果發表會之前的一個小練習。可以介紹各組分別採取怎樣的自學、有什麼目標、過程中遇到什麼困難及如何

    解決。希望大家要記得提前準備喔。

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