You’ve probably heard about sports coaches, fitness coaches, vocal music teachers, career counselors,psychiatrists (精神病医师) and other specialists who teach skills and help us cope with daily life.

But there’s a rapidly growing kind of professional who does a little bit of everything. She or he is called a “life coach”. People who are at crossroads in their lives and corporations that want to give certain employees a career boost are turning to them for help.

The idea that one person’s success story can change other people’s lives for the better goes back at least to the 1930s. Dale Carnegie’s famous self-improvement program “How to Win Friends and Influence People ” came along soon thereafter.

But this new style of life coaches includes more than enthusiastic speakers or writers. They use their own experiences in business, sports, military service, or psychotherapy (心理疗法) to help others make critical life decisions.

They often give their approach a slogan, such as “energy coaching” or “fearless living” or “working yourself happy”.

Dave Lakhani in Boise, Idaho, for instance, works with salespeople to develop what he calls a “road map”. He says an ongoing relationship with a coach is like having a personal fitness trainer for one’s career and life outside work.

Lakhani’s Bold Approach coaching firm also donates some of its time to help people who are anything but successful — including battered women and struggling single mothers.

But others in the so-called “helping professions” are not thrilled about the life-coaching movement. They say that anyone, trained or untrained, can call himself or herself a life coach, and that slick (华而不实的) promoters who mess with people’s lives can do more harm than good.

1.Which of the following is the best title for the passage?

A. Working Yourself Happy

B. Life Coaches Help with Tough Decisions

C. How to Cope with Daily Life with Life Coaches

D. The Life-Coaching Movement

2.The underlined phrase “life coach” in Paragraph 2 means “ ”.

A. the career counselor who teaches skills

B. the psychiatrist who helps us cope with daily life

C. the fitness coach who teaches us lessons

D. the specialist who helps us make important life decisions

3.The last paragraph is mainly about .

A. the introductions of life coach

B. the disagreements of life coach

C. the effects of life coach

D. the experiences of life coach

4.What is the author’s attitude towards life coaches?

A. Cautious. B. Approving.

C. Casual. D. Disapproving.

2015 TFK Poetry Contest

(2015 • 江西调研)Call all poets! Time For Kids (TFK) has a challenge for you: write a funny, rhyming poem. It must be an original poem that does not copy another poet’s work. Enter it in the Time for Kids Poetry Contest! As fewer and fewer children are interested in writing poetry of their own, Time For Kids decides to organize and sponsor such a contest to change the situation.

Contest Rules

1. How to enter This contest begins at 12:01 am on March 6,2015 and ends at 11:59 pm on July 24,2015. To enter, mail the following information to 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 32nd Floor, New York, New York 10020:(a) an original and previously unpublished poem that is humorous and has a rhyme scheme; (b) entrant’s first name only and a parent’s mail address. Limit one entry per person. When entering, entrant promises that the entry is original, and has not been published in any medium and has not won an award.

2. Judging All entries will be judged by poet Kenn Nesbitt, based on the following criteria: creativity and originality (50%), use of language and rhyme (25%) and appropriateness to the theme of the contest (25%). The length of the entry will not be taken into consideration.

3. Prizes Our judge will select four semi-finalists (半决赛选手) from which one grand prize winner and three finalists will be chosen. The one grand prize winner will receive an online class visit from Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt and a signed copy of his newest book of poetry, The Armpit of Doom: Funny Poems for Kids,approximately value at $ 275. The three finalists will each get a signed copy of Nesbitt’s newest book of poetry, The Armpit of Doom: Funny Poems for Kids, and both their poems and that of the grand prize winner will be published at

4. Eligibility (参赛资格) Open to legal citizens of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are primary school students and are 8 to 13 years old at time of entry.

5. Winner’s list For names of the winner and finalists, visit (after August 1,2015, available for a period of 10 days).

1.The purpose of the contest is to .

A. encourage children to learn from other poets

B. help children realize the dream of poetry writing

C. encourage children’s interest in poetry writing

D. encourage children to read more original poems

2.Which of the following characteristics of a poem is valued most in judging?

A. Being creative and original.

B. Using a proper number of words.

C. Using proper language and rhyme.

D. Being appropriate to the contest theme.

3.What can be known about the finalists of the contest?

A. They will get a great deal of money.

B. Their poems can be read at

C. They will receive an online class visit from Nesbitt.

D. Their poems will appear in Nesbitt’s newest book of poetry.

4.According to the contest rules, .

A. poems can be sent to the organizers by e-mail

B. all children have the right to take part in the contest

C. the number of one entrant’s poems to enter the contest is not limited

D. the result of the contest will be unknown before August, 2015

Thirteen can be a challenging age. Not only did I have to adapt to my changing body, I also had to deal with my parents’ bitter divorce, a new family and the upsetting move from my country home to a crowded town.

When we moved, my beloved companion, a small brown pony had to be sold. I was heartbroken and terribly lonely. I couldn’t eat or sleep and cried all the time. Finally, realizing how much I missed my pony, my father bought me another horse, Cowboy.

Cowboy was without doubt the ugliest horse in the world. But I didn’t care. I loved him beyond all reason.

I joined a riding club. When Cowboy and I entered the events where the horse was judged by appearance, we were quickly “shown the gate”. I knew nothing could turn Cowboy into a beauty. My only chance to compete would be in the timed speed events. I chose the jumping race.

For the whole next month we practiced running and jumping for hours in the hot sun and then I would walk Cowboy home, totally exhausted.

All of our hard work didn’t make me feel confident by the time the show came. One girl named Becky rode a big brown horse in the race events. She always won the blue ribbons. I sat at the gate and sweated all out while I watched Becky and her horse charge through the court and finish in first place.

My turn finally came. At the signal, we dashed toward the first fence, jumped over it without trouble and raced on to the next one. Cowboy then flew over the second, third and fourth fences like a bird and I turned him toward the finish line.

No cheers filled the air. The end of our run was met with surprised silence. Cowboy and I had beaten Becky and her fancy horse by two seconds.

I gained much more than a blue ribbon that day. At thirteen, I realized that no matter what the odds are, I’d always come out a winner if I wanted something badly enough to work for it. I can be the owner of my fate.

1.Why did the author like Cowboy so much in spite of its ugliness?

A. Because she loved horses more than anything else.

B. Because Cowboy was a strong and smart young horse.

C. Because Cowboy had a lot in common with her pony.

D. Because she was sad and lonely and needed a companion.

2.The audience fell into silence at the end of the run probably because .

A. they didn’t expect Cowboy would win the event

B. they were unhappy that Becky was beaten in the event

C. they didn’t like cowboy, for it was too ugly

D. they never saw a horse running as fast as Cowboy

3.After the competition, the author came to realize that .

A. she ought to gather the courage to solve all the problems

B. it was time to forget her pony and treat Cowboy better

C. she needed to work harder to win more blue ribbons

D. she could be the god of her own fate if she tried hard enough

4.It can be inferred from the story that .

A. all of their hard training was totally in vain

B. a blue ribbon must be the second highest prize

C. Cowboy lost in the event of being judged by appearance

D. both Becky and the author won in the jumping event

Many thousands of Chinese are studying at schools in the United States. And writer Liel Leibovitz says the students are following an example that began in the eighteen seventies.

Mr. Leibovitz and writer Matthew Miller joined forces to tell the story of the students in their book, “Fortunate Sons.” The book says China sent one hundred and twenty boys from 1872 to 1875 to America to learn about developments that could help modernize their country.

Mr. Leibovitz got the idea for the book about the boys a few years ago when he was traveling with his wife in China.

Mr. Leibovitz learned that Qing government sent a whole delegation (代表团) of boys to learn the ways of the West. The goal was for them to return to China and help their country.

The book says the boys received their American training in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. It must have been a very good education. Mr. Leibovitz says the first prime minister of the Chinese Republic completed this program. And so did the first engineer to build a large-scale railroad without foreign help. The same was true of the fathers of Chinese education, diplomacy and the Navy.

The book-writers had only to open some boxes containing the writings of these men to learn about them. Their notebooks, Journals, letters and postcards were in English. Mr. Leibovitz said he was lucky to have so much information from events that took place long ago.

The students returned to China after about nine years. They no longer spoke Mandarin (国语) well enough to answer questions. Police welcomed them home by putting them in jail. The young men were released after about a week. But they were given low-level jobs.

Mr Leibovitz says it took about ten years for them to rise to higher positions. He said their story continues today with large numbers of Chinese studying in the United States.

1.How many exchange children did Qing government send to America?

A. 1872. B. 1875.

C. 120. D. 210.

2.Qing government sent the boys to America because it .

A. wanted them to help their country

B. lost the war

C. expected them to destroy the culture of the West

D. wanted the Western to help the boys

3.Which of the following is NOT true according to the passage?

A. Many thousands of Chinese are studying at schools in America.

B. Some of the boys received their American training in California.

C. Police welcomed the boys home by putting them in jail.

D. One of the boys became the father of Chinese education.

Guide for Teenagers

The teenage years can be tough, and it’s normal to feel sad every now and then. But if these feelings don’t go away or become so intense that you can’t handle them, you may be suffering from depression. 1.

Try not to isolate yourself.

When you’re depressed, you may not feel like seeing anybody or doing anything. Just getting out of bed in the morning can be difficult, but isolating yourself only makes depression worse. 2. Spend time with friends, especially those who are active.

Keep your body healthy.

Making healthy lifestyle choices can do wonders for your mood. Ever heard of a “runners high”? Physical activity can be as effective as medications for depression, so get involved in sports, ride your bike, or take a dance class. Any activity helps! 3. As for food, make sure you’re feeding your mind with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Avoid alcohol and drugs.

You maybe try drinking or use drugs in an effort to escape from your feelings and get a “mood boost,” even if just for a short time. However, substance use can not only make depression worse, but can cause you to become more depressed. 4. You will need special treatment for your substance problem.


Stress and worry can lead to depression. Talk to a teacher if exams or classes seem overwhelming. In addition, if you have a health concern you feel you can’t talk to your parents about, see a doctor. A health professional can help you approach your parents and guide you toward appropriate treatment. If you’re dealing with relationship, friendship, or family problems, talk to an adult you trust.

A. Ask for help if you are stressed.

B. Even a short walk can be beneficial.

C. Turn to your parents for help.

D. As you get out into the world, you may find yourself feeling better.

E. In short, drinking and taking drugs will make you feel worse — not better — in the long run.

F. The more exercise you do, the healthier you will be.

G. Help is available and you have more power than you think.

The story goes that some time ago, a man had a very lovely little daughter. One day the man ______ his 3-year- old daughter for ______ a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became ______ when the child tried to decorate a ______ to put under the Christmas tree. ______, the little girl brought the gift to her ______ the next morning and said, “This is for you, Daddy.”

The man was ______ by his earlier ______, but got angry again when he found out the box was ______. He yelled at her,saying, “Don’t you know, when you give someone a present, there is ______ to be something inside?” The little girl looked ______ at him with tears in her eyes and cried, “Oh, Daddy, it’s not empty ______. I blew kisses into the box. They are all for you, Daddy.”

The father felt regret. He ______ his arms around his little girl, and begged for her ______.

Only a short time later, an ______ took the life of the child. It is also told that her father kept that gold box by his bed for many ______ and whenever he was discouraged, he would take out a(n) ______ kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each one of us, as human beings, has been given a gold container ______ with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family members, friends, and God. There is simply no other ______, anyone could hold, more ______ than this.

1.A. asked B. praised C. begged D. punished

2.A. wasting B. stealing C. selling D. holding

3.A. glad B. angry C. sad D. upset

4.A. room B. hall C. box D. ball

5.A. However B. So C. Therefore D. And

6.A. father B. mother C. teacher D. sister

7.A. puzzled B. surprised C. scared D. embarrassed

8.A. overwork B. overreaction C. overcoat D. overpass

9.A. empty B. heavy C. full D. wet

10.A. said B. believed C. supposed D. used

11.A. down B. back C. up D. forward

12.A. at all B. after all C. above all D. in all

13.A. put B. turned C. handed D. gave

14.A. kindness B. forgiveness C. sadness D. carelessness

15.A. event B. incident C. accident D. action

16.A. days B. months C. nights D. years

17.A. imaginary B. kind C. gentle D. warm

18.A. filled B. pleased C. crowded D. equipped

19.A. world B. feeling C. possession D. love

20.A. expensive B. precious C. comfortable D. interesting

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