2016年9月9/10/11日托福写作/口语预测

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  环球教育托福考试今天为大家带来了2016年9月9/10/11日托福写作/口语预测

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  独立写作

  1.Do you agree that people will feel happier if they have fewer possessions?

  Money-worshiping is often condemned and frowned upon. Some people even attribute all the dissatisfaction in our life to the pursuit of personal possessions. They believe that with fewer possessions, people would live a much happier life. However, real life abounds with examples where people do not feel happier or enjoy more emotional well-being when they have fewer personal possessions.People who are extremely poor will certainly feel unhappy if they are deprived of part of their possessions. These people can barely survive with their current properties and belongings, so if they lose any, they can hardly sustain their own lives. The Syrian refugees can be a typical example. These refugees, when abandoning their home, took little with them. What they have taken with them are normally personal belongings and passports. Should they lose any of them, their life for the following days would be miserable. They might starve if they cannot get food, or they might be denied entrance to the refugee camp if they cannot prove their identity. They would be far from happy when they lose some of their personal belongings.Similarly, common people will also feel unhappy, if not uneasy when they find their property shrink. Common people, including the working class and the middle class, may seem to lead a comfortable life with a stable income. However, their seemingly comfortable life is often one step away from bankruptcy if the stock market experiences a downturn, or if a family member is diagnosed with a deadly disease. For example, the plunge in the stock market in China last year has caused a decrease in property for millions of stockholders. Many suffered from constant anxiety, others from insomnia. Never can we find any claiming to be happy or satisfactory with a shrunk property. Also, countless times have we read news about medical treatment consuming all the deposits of an average family, leaving them depressed and miserable.The only exception is probably the billionaires, who are most likely to remain unaffected when facing a reduction in property. The reason is that these people have various assets and businesses, so if one slumps, there are always others on the rise. Their personal possessions are embodied in figures on the bank account, which, if dwindles, tends to creep back some days later. In the meantime, they might even fail to notice the difference. For example, after having donated more than 30 billion dollars to charity, Bill Gates remains the richest person in the world for 18 years in a row. Of course he claims to be happy since his donation helps to improve the life of those in need. However, others, whose possessions reduce only because of financial fluctuation, simply do not care too much.In conclusion, only those with real assets and business may remain untouched by a shrink in possessions, others, including the average people and the underprivileged, will feel less happy about the loss of possessions.

  2.Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? All school teachers should be required to take courses every five years to update their knowledge.

  Every subject is constantly developing with the forefront being renewed on a yearly basis, so it is believed that teachers should update their knowledge accordingly. However, asking the teachers to take courses every five years would be inadvisable, since it would be unnecessary for teachers at certain levels of education.To begin with, it would clearly be quite unnecessary for the primary school teachers, since they only offer basic knowledge, which seldom changes in five years. For example, the basic calculation principles have never changed since they were invented; the basic grammatical rules have also remained almost the same for centuries. Teachers of these subjects obviously do not need to update their knowledge of the subject they are teaching every five years. Besides, subjects such as music and PE are all the more stable, with almost no requirement on new knowledge.A first sight, it would seem necessary for university professors as they usually have to keep themselves informed of the forefront of their own fields of study. However, the fact is that professors and lecturers attend conferences or seminars, and read newly-published academic articles themselves so as to keep up with the latest development of their field. Taking courses would only waste their time and impair the academic freedom. These teachers would spontaneously seek out information about their field regularly, so it would be unwise to force them to take courses at too long an interval.In fact, among teachers of different levels of education, only middle school teachers might find it necessary to take such courses. This is because the syllabus and test forms may change regularly and if they are not familiar with the modifications, they may fail to enhance the academic performance of their students. For example, middle school teachers should be fully aware of the reform in SAT writing and teach the students the new skills required; otherwise, their students might be wrongly instructed and score too low in the test, failing to get enrolled in top-notch universities. More often than not, the changes in the syllabus and test forms are subtle but complicated, so assembling the teachers and giving them instructions would lead to a most satisfactory result. In this way, the education bureau can make sure that every teacher understands the changes and that they can teach students more effectively.In conclusion, although teachers do have to update their knowledge, it is not necessary to require teachers of all levels to take courses every five years.

  3.The opinions of celebrities, such as entertainers and athletes, are more important to the younger people than they are to the older people.

  Talk shows and news programs often broadcast opinions of celebrities, be it from entertainers or athletes. Their voices can be heard everywhere and people would sometimes listen. As with anything new or fashionable, opinions and viewpoints made by these famous people clearly means more to the younger generation than to the older people.First, the younger generation may refer to the opinions of celebrities when making purchasing decisions. It is not uncommon these days for entertainers or athletes to endorse for a product. As the spokesmen for a certain brand, these celebrities would openly support the product. As a result, those young people who are fascinated with their idols may deem the product as impeccable and choose to buy these products so as to share the same style. However, older people have already formed their own habit and may be loyal to their own favorite brands, so they seldom listen to the recommendations from these spokesmen or beauty ambassadors.Second, the social life of the young people always involve the celebrities. When a teenager or a young adult show little knowledge about the celebrities, he or she would be considered weirdos or outsiders, thus being rejected by the average social circle. For example, one would seem obsolete these days in China if he or she knows nothing about the catchphrase “prehistoric power”. Immediately after Fu Yuanhui, a Chinese swimmer, uttered these words, the phrase went viral on the social media along with her exaggerated facial expression. The younger generation soon created various memes and incorporated the catchphrase into their daily conversation. However, the older generation seemed unaffected by this. They did not share the memes with their friends, nor did they quote her words.Finally, opinions of celebrities may even influence the career aspiration of the younger generation. These days, young people are much more likely to see themselves as potential sports stars or entertainers. After all, the prevalence of these figures in the mass media may convey the impression that such positions are plentiful. If a singer or a basketball player boasts his or her success and career, millions of the young would follow the track, competing in talent shows, or sweating on the basketball court. The older people, however, are much more sensible when hearing these things, either because they have already chosen a career or because they are aware of the cruelty of life.In conclusion, words from famous people can exert a great influence on purchasing decisions, social life and career aspiration of the younger generation, while for the older and more mature generation, the influence is minimal.


 

 4.Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: People should not spend a lot of time on communicating by technologies, such as through social media or with text messages.

  The younger generation are perhaps the tech-savviest in history, spending several hours on their smartphones, laptops and tablets, exchanging messages and updating on their social media accounts. Some have even abandoned the face-to-face communication and opted for a virtual social life. In my opinion, people should limit their time spent on these technological devices.Admittedly, modern technologies allow us to lead a more efficient and colorful life. With a smartphone or a tablet, we can reach out to our friends or complete strangers regardless of geographical barriers. Via several touches on the screen, an appointment can be made, and the whereabouts of the celebrities can be known. The outside world has never been so close to us. It is no wonder that some would sacrifice hours of time which should have been used to work or study for a indulgence in the virtual world, giving out and receiving likes, reading and making comments. However, things would never be that simple. As the technology creeps into our life, we are more or less becoming the slaves of them.Too much exposure to the virtual world affects our communication in real life. One look at the way a person chats online or texts on the phone and we can realize how different it is from our daily talks. Communication online involves no changes in intonation or facial expression, and certainly does not follow strictly the grammatical rules. Instead, emoji and memes have been created as a substitution for facial expression. Also, acronyms and abbreviations have been employed to squeeze space for more contents in the 140-character limit. When these people return to real life, they find it impossible to read long articles, or to compose proper essays, or even, to talk at ease with others outside their own circle of friends.Moreover, social network fails to achieve what it has claimed to be. Rather than cheering us up, it makes us more depressed. Normally, a girl spends hours doing make-ups, takes hundreds of selfies, picks several good ones, and retouches them for dozens of times, before posting the best-looking one on her social media accounts. Then comes the anxious waiting for likes and comments from her friends, which, if not enough, will certainly dampen her mood for a whole day. Also, rather than keeping us well-informed, social network makes us more arrogant and biased. We do not agree to disagree—we simply aim for a good quarrel with those holding a different view. We do not look for voices from the other party—we simply turn a blind eye to them and stick to what we believe to be true.In conclusion, long time exposure to modern technologies, and social media and text messages in particular, will more or less have a negative effect on our social life and mental health, so it seems we have to limit our time spent on these technologies.

  5.Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Children are benefited in important ways by taking care of pet.

  Nowadays, more and more families are keeping pets and treating them as family members. It is not difficult to imagine how much happiness our puppies and kittens have been sharing with us. In fact, the happiness is not the only treasure that pets brought to people, especially for those who have children. This is because children could learn and benefit a lot from keeping a pet in various important ways.First, taking care of a pet, children will learn the difficulties that their parents have been through while bringing them up. In order to keep their pets healthy and happy, children need to food and drink them on time, to shower them regularly, to spend time playing with them every day, and to look after them when they are sick. It seems that, to a certain extent, those responsibilities are similar to those of parents’ when taking care of their own children. Because of those similarities, children could have opportunities to “perform” parenting roles and thus learn how hard it is to be their pets’ “parents”. Once children are aware of the difficulties of being a father or mother, they will become grateful for everything that their parents have done for them, and love their families more than ever.Second, children will not feel lonely if they keep pets. In today’s families, especially families in big cities, more and more parents choose to have only one child. It is very likely that a child feel lonely if his or her parents are busy with their works. Admittedly, children from different families could get together and play with each other when parents are not at home. However, very few parents would allow their children to do so, because they are reluctant to take the risk that some troublemakers among those kids will accidently hurt their children. In this case, keeping a pet, such as a loyal puppy or a cute kitten, seems to be a better choice. I remember that when I was little, I had a kitten named Orange. Though Orange seemed to be indifferent to everything happening in this world, he would always love to stick to me when my parents went to work. We spent a lot of time together, reading books, watching cartoons, and drawing pictures. With Orange, I never felt lonely.Therefore, I think, it is not an exaggeration to say that keeping a pet could benefit kids in important ways, such as teaching children how difficult it is to be “parents”. Moreover, children will not feel lonely with their pets around, sharing each sweet moment together.


 

  口语预测

  Task 1

  1.Which period do you think is the most difficult one in people’s life? Childhood, adolescence or adulthood?

  I think adulthood is the most difficult one. This is because those in mature adulthood have already raised families or established themselves in their work life and become contributors to the our society. By the end of the day, as a young parent and working man or woman, he or she can get cranky, especially, if one of their parents is in hospital. I mean, their days can be pretty well filled and they may even suffer from sleep deprivation and have to use coffee to get energy. Of course,as a child or a teenager, you do have your own difficulties, you may be confused about the world and the meaning of life, but you do not have any pressure or responsibilities from your family or the society, so I think adulthood is the most difficult period.

  2.Is it important to have good manners?

  Of course, it’s very important. First of all, you only have seconds to make a good impression. we meet thousands of people in our lives and most meetings are brief and superficial, so not everyone is as patient as your parents. A decent haircut, clean face and good manners will be noticed and have a significant effect on your life. Secondly, as the writer of puts it, courtesies are women’s best weapons. Even if you have done something wrong, if you appear gracious and grateful, much will be forgiven, just like Sansa in the TV series, although her father and brother are regarded as traitors, she never forget her manners and is spared by her enemies. So having good manners is important, and in some cases it can help you enormously.

  3.Who do you like to spend time together with the most?

  I would like to spend time with Cartman the most. Cartman is a former classmate and also my best friend. He is addicted to movies and novels, so am I. The reason I would like to spend time with him is that we share common interests and we have a lot to talk. Everyday after school, I would go to his house, then we chose a movie and watch it. It’s been three years since we watched together the first time. And now we are even closer, because we just started our own company, we videotaped all those stray cats and dogs in the park or animal shelter and try to help them to find a owner. For me, Cartman is not only a friend, he is more like a brother now, I like being with him.

  4.When you have a lot of assignments and projects to do, what approach would you use in order to finish them in time?

  I think the most important question is how to prioritize, which means how to perfectly organize your assignments and projects in a time frame, from the most urgent to the least urgent. So first of all, you need to stay organized and know the timeline and deadline of each assignment and project. Each assignment should be laid out into small, manageable tasks. Secondly, you need to divide your time into different slots and then assign the tasks to them. You may also need to limit your leisure time activities and adjust to a new daily and weekend routine. After a solid timetable is created, all you need to do is to keep it.

  5.How do you improve the education system of your country?

  Personally, quite a few measures could be taken to improve our education system. Firstly, everybody in China should attach less importance to the results of exams. Students from primary school, even from kindergarten suffer a lot from it. They have to spend extra time studying in order to get a higher score. It is a shame for them not to have any time to enjoy the only childhood they have. Besides, people could be educated in different ways. People are born differently. They are interested in different things. We should encourage them to chase their dreams instead of forcing them to do anything they dislike, or even hate. Furthermore, we could encourage them to be compassionate and independent.


 

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