As we help children get out into the world to do their learning well, we can get more of the world into the schools. Aside from their parents, most children never have any close contact with any adults except their teachers. No wonder they have no idea what adult life or work is like. We need to bring more people who are not full-time teachers into the schools. In New York City, under the teachers' and writers' collaborative, real writers come into the schools, read their work, and talk to the children about the problems of their craft. The children love it. In another school, a practicing attorney comes in every month and talks to several classes about the law. Not the law it is in books, but the law as he sees it and encounters it in his cases. And the children listen with intense interest. Here's something even easier: let children work together, help each other, learn from each other and each other's mistakes. We now know from this experience of many schools that children are often the best teachers of other children. What's more important, we know that when the fifth floor six-grader who is being having trouble with reading, starts helping a first-grader, his own reading sharply improves. A number of schools are beginning to use what some call paired learning. This means that you let children form partnerships with other children. Do their work even including their tests together and share whatever marks or results this work gets. Just like grown-ups in the real world. It seems to work。
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the passage you've just heard。
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23: Why does the speaker say most children have no idea what adult life is like?
China's education workers have realized for a long time the importance of reading to the country. Some of them have suggested that the National Reading Day be set up since 2003. They stressed that people should read good books, especially the classic ones. Through reading, people can better learn to be grateful, responsible and cooperate with others. However, the purpose of education is to cultivate these basic qualities. Reading is particularly important for primary and middle school students. If they don’t develop the interest of reading during the crucial period, it is difficult to get into the habit of reading later。
24: What is happening in New York City schools?
Directions: In this section, you will hear 8 shortconversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, one ormore questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and thequestions will be spoken only once. After each question there will be a pause.During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A)， B)， C) and D)， anddecide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 1 with a single linethrough the centre。
25: What does the experience of many schools show?
M: Look atthese low prices at these fashionable TV sets. Something is fishy, don’t you think so?
W: Well, there have been a lot of robberiesrecently. Some of the stolen goods may have landed here。
Q: Whatdoes the woman imply about the low price television sets?
M: I’ve beenassigned to cover the governess speech today. What about you?
W: Nothing is grand as yours. I have to do an interview for the evening newsabout a man
with dozens of cats。
Q: What do we learn about the speakers?
3. W: Didn’t I see you going into the administrationbuilding this afternoon?
M: I needed to switch my computer class to the950 section。
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
4. W: I guess you watch the quiz showon television last night. What did you think about it?
M: Well, it’s great. The first four contestants won onlysmall prizes, but the fifth left with a
new luxury car。
Q: What does the man say about the quiz show?
5. W: I can’t find the arrival time of the New York toBoston Express on this schedule。
M: Look for New York in the left-hand column andfollow it across until you find the hour
listed in the Boston column。
Q: What are the speakers most probably doing?
6. W: You look different today, but Ican’t quiteput my finger on what it is。
M: Oh, yesterday I finally got around to thatnew barbershop in the mall and enjoyed their
Q: What can be inferred about the man?