education system

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 January, 2011, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Students in Shanghai are best in .................... when compared to the rest of the industrialised world.

a. creative writing

b. mathematics,

reading and science

c. scientific research

d. music and art

2 According to Zhang Minxuan, there is no need for despair with the education system because ..................................

a. students are scoring top grades in exams.

b. students are talented with a lot of creativity.

c. officials are open-minded in introducing what is useful to students.

d. officials plan to reduce the number of exams.

3 Which of the following is true about Xia Jing?

a. She loves to study.

b. She enjoys taking exams.

c. She must go to university because everyone in her family had done so.

d. She will be the first in her family to go to university if she is admitted.

4 Amy Chua has earned the reputation as 'tiger' mother because ...

a. she uses harsh words and heavy-handed methods on her children.

b. she is the only breadwinner in her family.

c. it is a part of Chinese culture.

d. she is more knowledgeable than her husband.

Think about

1 How can mainland schools adjust their curriculums to help students excel academically while developing creativity and imagination at the same time?

2 Some people say today's students have become robots trained to sit exams and they lack other abilities. What do you think?

3 What can parents do to help students achieve all-round development? What kind of attitude should parents adopt?

Vocabulary

1.................................. by the desire to win, Tom practises tennis three hours every day.

2 It often takes more than one try to .................................. a task.

3 Once again, the Red team ........................... the Blue to win the overall championship.

Answers:

Reading comprehension: 1. b, 2. c, 3. d, 4. a

Vocabulary: 1. Fuelled by, 2. accomplish, 3. outperformed