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Why do you think people attend college or university? Use specific reasons

and examples to support your answer.

(a) College is a place that the students can learn more and new knowledge and experience

in it. Of course, different people have different reason to study in college. For example,

some people want to be to go on a further study after they graduate from the college; some

people hope to find a good job after their studying in the college and also some people

wish to exchange their present situation through studying in the college. In my opinion, no

matter what reason people study in the college for, studying in the college is just a

preparation for their future’ life.

First of all, students can learn new knowledge and experiences from the studying in the

college. There are many teachers, professors with abundant teaching experience who

teach students lots of new knowledge and help them to solve the problems in their study.

With their help, student can learn a lot of useful basic and professional knowledge which

is very helpful for their future’ work and study. After they finish their study in the college,

students go to work in the society and contribute to the different fields.

Secondly, students can learn how to arrange their own time reasonably. Before their

studying in college, their life often arranged by their parents and their study often arranged

by their teachers. It is very different for them to live and study in college, because students

studying in college have to arrange their life and study by themselves. They have right to

arrange their part time, such as when to get up, when is the sport-time, when to finish the

assignment etc. This is very important experience for students’ work and life in the future.

Thirdly, studying in the college make students having opportunity to live with other

student and learn how to cooperate with other people. Usually, people often have

uncomfortable feeling to live with a stranger, because they do not know each other and

perhaps their habit and personality are different. But for the long run, it is good for them.

They have to cooperate with each other and solve a lot of problems they will face together.

Gradually, they can learn how to care and understand other people. It is a preparation for

students to go to cooperate with other people in the society

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2) Why do you think people attend college or university? Use specific reasons 
and examples to support your answer. 
(a) College is a place that the students can learn more and new knowledge and experience 
in it. Of course, different people have different reason to study in college. For example, 
some people want to be to go on a further study after they graduate from the college; some 
people hope to find a good job after their studying in the college and also some people 
wish to exchange their present situation through studying in the college. In my opinion, no 
matter what reason people study in the college for, studying in the college is just a 
preparation for their future’ life. 
First of all, students can learn new knowledge and experiences from the studying in the 
college. There are many teachers, professors with abundant teaching experience who 
teach students lots of new knowledge and help them to solve the problems in their study. 
With their help, student can learn a lot of useful basic and professional knowledge which 
is very helpful for their future’ work and study. After they finish their study in the college, 
students go to work in the society and contribute to the different fields. 
Secondly, students can learn how to arrange their own time reasonably. Before their 
studying in college, their life often arranged by their parents and their study often arranged 
by their teachers. It is very different for them to live and study in college, because students 
studying in college have to arrange their life and study by themselves. They have right to 
arrange their part time, such as when to get up, when is the sport-time, when to finish the 
assignment etc. This is very important experience for students’ work and life in the future. 
Thirdly, studying in the college make students having opportunity to live with other 
student and learn how to cooperate with other people. Usually, people often have 
uncomfortable feeling to live with a stranger, because they do not know each other and 
perhaps their habit and personality are different. But for the long run, it is good for them. 
They have to cooperate with each other and solve a lot of problems they will face together. 
Gradually, they can learn how to care and understand other people. It is a preparation for 
students to go to cooperate with other people in the society. 
All in all, students not only can learn lots of new knowledge from the books but also can 
learn much more necessary experience such as how to arrange time and how to cooperate 
with other people. It is very important for their future work and life. 
(b) People study in college or university for many different reasons. I think the most 
important reason is to gain more knowledge and learn more skills. Of course, there are also 
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many other reasons that people study in college such as to get more friends, and increase 
one's self-confidence. 
These days, most jobs require people who are educated and have good job skills. 
Therefore, the people who want a good job have to study hard and at least graduate with a 
high education. Furthermore, as technology advances all over the world, more and more 
education is required of people. 
Some people who study in college or university want to make more friends and increase 
their interpersonal skills. They enjoy their lives in university or college and tend to 
socialize a lot. They can meet more people who have the similar interests with themselves. 
They can go to uni ball after school and make more friends who they trust. 
The people who graduate from college seem more confident in our community. These 
people are more respected by society. Many people want to be respected and to be 
important by family, friends, their bosses, and others in their lives. They find that most 
of them can confidently talk and do their jobs, as they are more educated. Therefore, 
most people want to get the confidence through the university or college study. 
In today's society, people need more knowledge and skills to be adapted. The 
university and college study is a good way to achieve this. 
3) Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents are the best teachers. 
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 
(a) Obviously, the first teachers we have in our lives in most cases are our parents. They 
teach us to walk, to speak, and to have good manners before we reach "the real world." 
More than even the professional teachers that we have in school, parents are generally the 
most involved in the development and education of children. 
Almost for sure our parents are the best teachers at the beginning of our lives, which 
actually corresponds to the parents' role in nature. Parents are most committed and 
involved in teaching their children; they have a kind of instinct to sacrifice a part of 
themselves for the betterment of their children. They love us and have great patience while 
passing down their knowledge to us. They wish us a success and thus will not teach us bad 
things. And of course, implicit learning occurs when children unconsciously copy some of 
their parents' habits and styles of behavior. 
During the second stage of child development, adolescence, parents can still be in the best 
position to offer advice even though the children might not accept it. In this case, perhaps 
the child's friends would be the best teachers. Adolescents are notoriously rebellious in 
many cultures and may automatically reject any advice from their parents. My first 
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marriage for instance, was solely a matter of doing the opposite when my parents tried to 
intrude in offering their advice. So in such matters, parents should be much more flexible 
and be rather the partners with their children. So we can see that being a teacher of 
growing child become more and more complicated case as the time passes and many 
parents are simply not able to meet the increased demands. 
On the other hand, I would say that parents are not professional teachers and they tend to 
be very biased by their love of their children. So wishing good things and an easy life may 
prevent children from maturation. In any case, parents usually can present only one 
viewpoint of the world, while good teaching should be based on different attitudes. Thus, 
when children go to school and have a great diversity of teachers, they learn much more 
than their parents could probably give them. Furthermore, once our parents get older, they 
become more conservative and cannot always be objective in regard to modern trends and 
fashions. Thus we need to take their advice with caution during that period. However, 
some kind of intuition, which I believe, shared between relatives about what everybody 
needs and great love, which exists in families, still makes our parents very good teachers 
and advisers at any time. 
In conclusion, while parents are not the ideal teachers, and well-rounded children will 
generally need a great diversity of teachers in their lives in order to have a more accurate 
view of the world, parents are generally the most committed of all teachers and have the 
greatest emotional investment in their children and their future 
4) Nowadays, food has become easier to prepare. Has this change improved the way 
people live? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 
5) It has been said, “Not everything that is learned is contained in books.” Compare and 
contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your 
opinion, which source is more important? Why? 
(a) People always are learning and practicing through their whole lives. From reading 
words in textbook such as toy, car, train etc., people have the concept and ideas. They 
further understand the actual meaning of these words by playing toys and riding or driving 
cars, trains etc. 
Education (books) and experience are the main two channels for People to gain 
their knowledge. Each plays different roles for people. In my opinion, knowledge 
from experience is more important than that from books. 
Experience first can prove if the knowledge formbooks are true or false. Textbooks are 
very wonderful in teaching people essential principles, how is the world looks like? What 
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is the basic law of change of people and things? We can learn a lot through primary 
school, secondary school until university. However, people can only understand the really 
meaning of those form books and justify them if they are right through practices. A few 
hundred years ago, people learnt from textbook that the earth was flat. However scientists 
found that was wrong through observations and measurement. 
The knowledge from experience can improve and advance The world and our society. As 
books have limitation, they only teach us what people found in the past. The knowledge 
from the books are constrained to the certain conditions and environment. For example, 
mould and tools design for plastics industry, the university course only taught me very 
simple cases, most knowledge is obtained from various different and complicated cases in 
my career. 
There are a lot new inventions and new products, which could not be found from 
textbooks. Our society and world are developed through continuous practices, those 
knowledge, never found in books, such as internet, e-business etc. are all developed 
through new practices. 
"The truth comes from practices and experience", people are continually discovering 
new things and assessing the creditability of the knowledge written in books. The 
knowledge from experience helps us much more than those from books. 
6) A company has announced that it wishes to build a large factory near your 
community. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this new influence on your 
community. Do you support or oppose the factory? Explain your position. 
(a) I am from Arroz e Feijao, a small town in the northeast of Brazil. Building a factory in 
there will bring a lot of advantages and disadvantages, but I believe that Arroz e Feijao 
will mostly benefit from the building of a new factory because it is largely populated by 
poor people and the factory would bring many benefits to this small town. However, of 
course, a factory has disadvantages as well. 
As you know, factories usually bring pollution. If this factory is not managed very 
effectively and efficiently according to specific rules, it's prone to polluting the local air 
and water. What's more, factories usually make noise. Beside clean drinkable water and 
fresh air, an ideal community should be quiet. If the factory cannot maintain this situation 
to the community, it will not last long. A factory that is too noisy or pollutes too much will 
eventually be relocated to a new area. 
On the other hand, a factory could bring a lot of benefits to the community. So I would 
support the plan to build a factory to my community for all the reasons I will describe 
below. 
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First of all, the factory's construction will surely improve the local infrastructure. To run 
smoothly, the factory will have to have a steady, reliable supply of water and electricity. 
Some old pipes will be changed, and some facilities will be renovated. The residents' 
living standard get improved as a result of these widespread changes, an important benefit 
in Arroz e Feijao, where many people do not have access to clean water. 
Secondly, to make the employee commute more convenient, the local roads will have to 
be rebuilt and broadened, resulting in improved public transportation. The town's residents 
can take a public bus to go shopping or go to work. As a result, air pollution and fuel 
consumption might be reduced. 
Most important, a factory's establishment will bring up a lot of employment opportunities 
for the community. A factory needs experts from various fields. The residents can take just 
a few minutes to go to the factory to work. So, the local residents can get great benefits 
from this factory. 
Generally speaking, I agree with the plan to build a factory near my community. If the 
factory can be managed successfully, the factory and local residents can have mutual 
benefit. 
7) If you could change one important thing about your hometown, what would you 
change? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer. 
(a) Everything in the universe is in constant change. And everything needs continual 
improvement if the ever changing and increasing demands of humankind are to be met. If 
I were ever given the chance to change one important thing about my hometown, it would 
be Internet service. Needless to say that nothing generally revolutionized the way we live 
as Internet in the past decade. Thus, an improvement in this vital service would mean an 
even more, unheard betterment to the people in my hometown. 
It is said that information is power. True saying indeed! I can envision how everything in 
my hometown could improve dramatically if the Internet service in it were made free, fast 
and staying out there like electricity, telephone or water all the time. One thing, a fast free 
and reliable Internet service could improve in my hometown is the way people work. If 
there is this said service people in my hometown must not necessarily commute to a far 
place to do their job. This in turn would mean less traffic jams, spacious work place, 
more time for family and recreation and so on. 
The way people learn would be another important thing that a fast, free and reliable 
Internet service could better in my hometown. People will have the chance to go through 
tremendous and different information resources in a very small amount of time. They 
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apparently will also take less time to share it. This assures a more fulfilled life for my 
hometown people. 
Since its advent, Internet touched every part of our life. It in a dazzling way improved the 
way we do business, learn and communicate. A change in Internet service implies good 
way of living for every one in my home town. 
8) How do movies or television influence people’s behavior? Use reasons and specific 
examples to support your answer. 
(a) Hesitating I enter my house, the light outside is dimming and the shadows make 
everything appear unfamiliar. I know that my husband has not returned from work yet, 
simply because his car is not in the garage. I am alone. I carefully check all the rooms, 
almost expecting something to happen suddenly. I hold my bag in my hand as if it were a 
weapon. After the whole house has been declared “clear,” I start to breathe normally again 
and a smile appears on my face as I realize, once again, how a simple movie seen at the 
cinema a week earlier can modify my actions. 
Sometimes I wonder if I should watch TV, with all its shows that make me wonder 
whether I exercise enough, whether I am slim enough, or whether I treat my pets with the 
care they deserve: am I really concerned about their mental health??? Not to mention the 
hundreds of commercials that try to make me believe I need a water purifier to remain 
alive since the water I am currently drinking is heavily polluted! And countless are the 
times when I have heard people talking by quotations learned from movies We need to 
watch shows and films to know what to say, how to be, how to act. We are so addicted to 
all this that it almost seems like we cannot think on our own. 
I cannot help thinking about what happened to me some days ago, an example that clearly 
shows what kind of power TV has over people. My husband and I were in a restaurant 
when I heard my young neighbor pronouncing violent words in a low angry voice. 
Surprised, I turned to better understand the situation and I saw that he was holding a fake 
military device and was acting as if he were filming a war movie. I am sure that if I had 
been a little be more updated about this type of movie, I would have recognized what he 
was saying as a quotation. Now, I wonder if he uses such a language also with his friends 
and with his parents, if he is aggressive, and if so, whether his attitude has really nothing to 
do with what he watches on TV. 
That same evening on the way home I saw two cars stopped one next to the other at a traffic 
light and as soon as the light turned green they started racing, in the middle of town. In this 
case not even a major knowledge of movies and TV programs would have helped 
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me: there are just to many of them on the market showing the exact same thing: people 
racing with cars. 
I am sure that everybody, if asked, could easily list many other examples of how TV and 
movies can modify our behavior and therefore our life but, I wonder, if we will always 
be able to draw the line between a TV show and real life, between what they make us 
think we want and what instead we really need and are and believe. 
9) Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Television has destroyed 
communication among friends and family. Use specific reasons and examples to support 
your opinion. 
(a) Television is undoubtedly one of the most powerful means of communication in the 
history of humankind, rivaled only by such other forms of communication as the Internet, 
the telephone, movies, and, of course, simple, low-tech speech. Television, with its wide 
availability and rich media with image and sound, is difficult to ignore and even seductive 
in its appeal. Television is as much a part of our lives as are our meals, work, or school; 
studies consistently show that the average American child spends almost as much time 
watching television as she does in school. Furthermore, because television is so rich in its 
media, it often requires our full attention or is more attraction to us than are our daily lives. 
Naturally, the more time one spends watching television, the less time she has with her 
family and friends. Thus, we can clearly see why some have claimed that television has 
been harmful for communication among family and friends. However, I believe that, while 
television has been somewhat harmful in its effects, it has hardly "destroyed" 
communication among family and friends for most people, although for some, this may be 
true. 
Most people much prefer spending time with their families and friends to spending time 
watching television. Television is of course an important part of many people's lives, but 
most people would gladly choose family and friends over television were they given the 
choice. Furthermore, most educated people are aware of the deleterious effects of too 
much television and either avoid excessive time watching television, or actually do not 
enjoy it. I, for example, after a long day at work, would much rather spend time talking 
with my wife and playing with my children than I would watching some unrealistic 
portrayal of life on television. For my family,

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