While I was teaching in China, I became interested in acupuncture(针灸). It was after returning from China and witnessing how successful it had been that I reached the decision to become an acupuncturist myself. I was lucky to discover that the town where I lived had a famous college of traditional acupuncture.

Alternative medicine such as acupuncture is particularly important for me because I firmly believe that it works on the level of body, mind and spirit. This is very different from Western medicine which is supposed to work only on the body. When a person is ill, it is believed that there’s something in their life that is putting their energy levels out of balance. What alternative therapies(疗法)try do to is kelp to gradually push that energy back into balance. The result is that any disease present might naturally disappear as it cannot survive when energies are balanced.

I’ve treated a wide range of people for various conditions, for example people suffering from stress and anxiety. To acquire a qualification in acupuncture, I took a course that lasted three years. I had to go to the college about one weekend in three. I also had a large amount of homework and practical work to do, which I did two or three evenings a week. This involved locating pints on different people. As you can imagine, this isn’t straightforward as people are of different sizes and have differently shaped bodies.

In the future I hope to set up an alternative health clinic which will involve myself as an acupuncturist but perhaps other people as well. I’d like to work with people who provide treatments such as rubbing(按摩)and pressing people’s feet in a special way to help them relax and feel well. I’d like to set it up somewhere in the countryside, where people could feel free from the stress of life.

1.The author decides to learn acupuncture .

A. when he was teaching in China

B. when he was studying in college

C. after he came back to his mother country

D. after he discovered an acupuncture school

2.What does the author think of acupuncture?

A. It prevents disease.

B. It treats people as a whole.

C. It has an immediate effect.

D. It helps improve people’s lives.

3.The acupuncture course the author took was .

A. time-consuming and challenging

B. learner-centered and effective

C. difficult but interesting

D. painful but helpful

4.What do the underlined words “other people” in the last paragraph refer to?

A. Other acupuncturists.

B. Other alternative therapists.

C. Other doctors who use Western medicine.

D. Other people who want to escape fro stress.




A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had 1 a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and 2 his father could well 3 it, he told him that was all he wanted.

On the morning of his graduation day his father called him into his own study and told him how 4 he was to have such a fine son. He handed his son a beautiful gift box. 5 but slightly disappointed, the young man __6__ the box and found a lovely book. 7 , he raised his voice at his father and said, " 8 all your money you give me a book? " and rushed out of the house, 9 the book in the study.

He did not contact his father for a whole year 10 one day he saw in the street an old man who looked like his father. He 11 he had to go back home and see his father.

When he arrived at his father’s house, he was told that his father had been in hospital for a week. The moment he was about to 12 the hospital, he saw on the desk the 13 new book, just as he had left it one __14__ ago. He opened it and began to 15 the pages. Suddenly, a car key 16 from an envelope attached behind the book. It had a tag(标签)with the dealer’s name, the 17 dealer who had the sports car he had 18 . On the tag was the 19 of his graduation, and the 20 PAID IN FULL.

1.A. expected B. enjoyed C. admired D. owned

2.A. finding B. proving C. deciding D. knowing

3.A. afford B. offer C. keep D. like

4.A. encouraged B. comfortable C. proud D. moved

5.A. Nervous B. Serious C. Careful D. Curious

6.A. packed B. opened C. picked up D. put aside

7.A. Angrily B. Eagerly C. Calmly D. Anxiously

8.A. At B. From C. With D. To

9.A. toasting B. putting C. forgetting D. leaving

10.A. until B. as C. before D. unless

11.A. learned B. realized C. recognized D. admitted

12.A. get to B. search for C. turn to D. leave for

13. A. much B. still C. hardly D. quite

14.A. year B. month C. week D. day

15.A. clean B. read C. turn D. count

16.A. lost B. came C. appeared D. dropped

17.A. old B. same C. special D. new

18.A. remembered B. desired C. found D. met

19.A. picture B. place C. date D. sign

20.A. words B. information C. messages D. card


The rise in smartphones (智能手机) among young people may be having a direct effect on how successful they become as adults.

Research from the University of Nebraska Lincoln has discovered university students check their phones 11 times per lesson on average, and more than 80 percent believe this tech addiction is interfering with their learning.

A quarter of students across five American states also blamed poor grades in exams specifically on the fact that they used mobile devices when they should have been concentrating and revising and these grades could determine the jobs they end up going into.

Barney McCoy, an associate professor of broadcasting at the university, surveyed 777 students at six universities across five states about how they used digital devices in the classroom.

The students were from UNL, the University of Nebraska Lincoln at Omaha in Nebraska, Morningside College in Iowa, the University of North Carolina, the University of Kansas and the University of Mississippi.

Around two thirds said they used phones, tablets and laptops for "non-classroom purposes" up to ten times during a typical university day, while 15 percent admitted this figure was closer to 30 times.

Among the top reasons why 55 percent of students checked their devices so regularly were staying connected and fighting boredom. Less than half said the devices were used for classwork.

Texting was the most popular distraction (娱乐) technique at 86 percent, while 68 percent said they used their phones to check personal emails. Two thirds used social networks, 38 percent surfed the web and 8 percent admitted playing games when they should have been studying.

Despite eight out of ten students admitting their devices were distracting, fewer than five percent considered it to be a "very big" distraction.

"I don’t think students necessarily think it’s a big problem," said McCoy. "They think it’s part of their lives."

1.The majority of the students think that using smartphones __________.

A. helps to improve their grades

B. contributes to their poor grades

C. has a bad effect on their study

D. determines their jobs in the future

2. How many students surveyed used digital devices for "non-classroom purposes" about 30 times during a day?

A. About 518. B. About 116.

C. About 427. D. Less than 388.

3. Which of the following is TRUE?

A. Barney McCoy surveyed 777 students at the university he works in.

B. A minority of the students said they used digital devices for classwork.

C. Around two thirds admitted they used digital devices because lessons were boring.

D. Barney McCoy doesn’t think students’ using digital devices is a big problem.

4.The text is most likely to be found in a section about __________.

A. successful people B. political systems

C. science and technology D. historical events

March, April and May are months full of festivals and events all over the world. Here are four wonderful festivals around the world that happen in spring. If you want to know more about them, please click here or visit http://www. buddhanet. net/festival, htm/.


Dates: 13th-15th, April

In Thailand, people celebrate a festival called Songkran, when people head out to the streets with water guns to spray everyone who walks past.


Dates: Every Saturday from April to May

Every year, villagers come together to celebrate the harvest of yams, an important part in the people’s diet in Vanuatu. The festival is most famous for its “land diving ceremony”. During the ceremony men and boys dive to the ground from high wooden towers with only two thin vines (藤) attached to their ankles.

Cherry Blossom Viewing—Japan

Dates: The cherry blossom season is different from year to year depending on the weather forecast.

The festival is well-known. Japanese celebrate the days when the flowers finally blossom. Only a few days later, the petals (花瓣) fall to the ground, like pink snowflakes. That means the traditional festival only lasts for several days. In Japan, almost everyone has picnics in the parks to view the flowers.

Sinhalese New Year—Sri Lanka

Dates: 13th or 14th, April

Just like in many other countries in South or South East Asia, this is the time when the Sinhalese celebrate the traditional New Year, an ancient celebration which marks the end of the harvest season and is one of two times of the year when the sun is straight above Sri Lanka. There are a lot of delicious foods during the celebration.

1.What may happen to a tourist walking in the street during SongKran in Thailand?

A. He may get wet.

B. He may be shot by the locals.

C. He may enjoy delicious foods.

D. He may see some petals falling.

2.Where can you go to enjoy amazing performances during the festival?

A. Thailand. B. Vanuatu.

C. Japan. D. Sri Lanka.

3.How is Cherry Blossom Viewing different from the other three festivals?

A. It is a traditional festival.

B. It is a very famous festival.

C. It varies with weather conditions every year.

D. It allows visitors to eat food during the festival.

4.Where are you most likely to find the text?

A. On TV.

B. In a report.

C. On the Internet.

D. In a newspaper.

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