USC speech

May 27, 2008

How easily do you get jealous?

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beg : to ask for something urgently and without pride because you want it very much  • clumsy : awkward in movement or manner  • competent : able to do something well  • complain : to say that something is wrong or not satisfactory  • conflict : If beliefs, needs, or facts, etc. conflict, they are very different and cannot easily exist together or both be true  • conform : to behave according to the usual standards of behavior which are expected by a group or society  • conscientious : putting a lot of effort into your work  • crave : to have a strong or uncontrollable desire for something  • criticize : to express disapproval of someone or something  • desirable : worth having and wanted by most people  • dominant : more important, strong or noticeable than anything else of the same type  • expectation : when you expect good things to happen in the future  • fly off the handle : to react in a very angry way to something that someone says or does  • fortunate : lucky  • go along with : to support an idea, or to agree with someone’s opinion  • helpless : unable to do anything to help yourself or anyone else  • life of the party : someone who is energetic and amusing and at the centre of activity during social occasions  • make up your mind : to decide  • material : relating to physical objects or money rather than emotions or the spiritual world  • pamper : to treat a person or an animal in a special way by making them as comfortable as possible and giving them whatever they want  • possession : something that you own or that you are carrying with you at any time  • raw deal : bad or unfair treatment  • resent : to be angry about and to dislike being forced to accept something or someone annoying  • schadenfreude : a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction when something bad happens to someone else  • source : the place something comes from or starts at, or the cause of something  • task : a piece of work to be done, especially one done regularly, unwillingly or with difficulty  • tense : nervous and anxious and unable to relax  • trade : to exchange something, or to stop using or doing something and start using or doing something else instead





01 Do you often feel life is giving you a raw deal?


If so, in what way? In what ways do you think you have been most lucky in life? How happy are you with your life now? In what areas do you most hope things will get better in the future?





02 Do you often experience schadenfreude?


What’s an example of when you experienced schadenfreude? When you see someone who is more attractive, more successful, or more fortunate than you are, do you resent them? Have you ever been resented that you know of for these same reasons?





03 Have you often wished that you were someone else?


If you had to trade lives with someone, whom would you choose? Why? Is there anyone whom you’d like to trade appearances with? Whose talents or knowledge would you most like to have?





04 When you are criticized, do you fly off the handle or get extremely depressed?


What are you criticized for? What is an example of criticism that someone gave you that actually helped you in some way? How often do you criticize others? When you criticize others, do you think it’s usually really a complaint about them, or do you mean to help them improve themselves?

05 Do minor problems in your life bother you more than they should?


What problems are bothering you now? When you have a problem, do you usually try to solve it on your own? Who do you go for help most often? What do you think was the biggest problem you have ever faced? How did you solve this problem?





06 Do you have trouble making up your mind when you are faced with choices?


When you’re having trouble making a decision, what do you do to help yourself come to a decision? What is the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?





07 Would you say that basically you are a conformist?


In what areas of your life, do you conform even though it’s not the “real you”? Whose or what expectations are you most likely to conform to? In what area are you least conformist?





08 Does it bother you that others have more material things than you do?


During what time of your life were you best off materially? What material possession is most important to you? Why? How important is it to you to be very rich?





09 Would you say that you were pampered as a kid?


How strict were your parents? In what ways do you think they pampered you? What do you think about the way your parents raised you? In what ways do you think they could have done a better job? How good a parent do you think you would be?





10 When you were a kid, did you often do things wrong—such as refusing to eat until you were begged to or putting on your clothes incorrectly—to attract attention?


Do you still do anything like this to get attention? What do you do to get attention? Do you crave more attention than most people? In what situations did you tend to crave attention more than usual? In what situations do you try to avoid attracting attention? How about in this class—do you think you tend more to try and attract or try avoid the getting the teacher’s attention? How about your classmates’ attention?

11 Would you say that you’re “too conscientious” about your job or schoolwork?


If your answer is yes, in what ways are you “too conscientious” and why do you think you are this way? In what area of your life do you think you might not be conscientious enough?

12 Would you say that you’re generally helpless or clumsy in areas other than your job (such as cooking, repairing machines, doing housework)?


What types of tasks are you most comfortable or confident doing? What are some tasks that you often have to do even though you don’t feel very competent?





13 Do you find that you can’t relax even when you’re tired?


How tense do you feel these days? What are the main sources of tension in your life? What do you do to help yourself relax? Do you do anything special to relax before going to bed?





14 Do you easily feel lonely?


How much time do you spend alone? How often do you do things on your own that people usually do with someone else—for example, eat out or see a movie? When you do, what’s usually the reason? What do you do when you feel lonely?





15 Do you prefer to be the dominant partner in your relationships?


How dominant are you in most of your relationships? How much do you like controlling other people? Do you think you usually can get what you want from other people? Do you usually go along with your friends’ or family’s wishes even when they conflict with what you really want?





16 Do you tend to be attracted to potential lovers who are, in most people’s eyes, less desirable than you are?


What would you describe as your “type”? What type of people do you think are most easily attracted by you? Are the people you are attracted to usually attracted to you as well? Looking back, have you ever been attracted to a person who was much less desirable than you are? Why do you think this happened?






0 to 2 : A score this low raises more questions than it answers. You may indeed be extremely self-assured and thus never feel any impulses toward jealousy. Yet a score in this range has to be suspect. Very few people are as self-possessed as such a score would indicate, so devoid of the insecurity that gives rise to jealousy. There’s a chance that you really belong at the other end of the spectrum and are so driven by insecurity and jealousy that you can’t afford to give honest answers even on a quiz whose results no one but you will know. Try and think it over.  • 3 to 4 : Congratulations. You are probably a strong, independent-minded person who is attracted to similar people. You treat lovers as adults and assume that they will treat you the same way. You are too interested in living your own life to be jealous over what others may or may not be doing. In short, you mind your own business. On those occasions that you do intrude into the affairs of somebody who is close to you, you are less likely to be acting out of jealousy than out of serious concern for that person’s well-being.  • 5 to 10 : Welcome to the club. Your sense of self-worth, like that of most people, probably as well developed as it could be. To make yourself seem more important, you sometimes need to feel that you can control and manipulate others. Just about all of us do so from time to time. Such behavior doesn’t mean that you’re “the jealous type”, but it does suggest that jealousy—and not genuine concern—will often be the motive when you interfere in the life of somebody who’s close to you.  • 11 to 16 : Your score indicates that you have strong negative feelings about yourself. These sentiments can lead you to feel jealousy, envy, resentment, and anger toward anyone you think might be “better” than you are. You’re likely to have a strong desire to control others and will feel jealousy when your apparently dominant position is threatened by independent action on their part. You stand a strong chance of being the quintessential jealous lover.





May 20, 2008

New knowledge 2008

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abuse : rude and offensive words said to another person  • acquainted : knowing or being familiar with a person  • affect : to have an influence on someone or something, or to cause them to change  • aphrodisiac : something, usually a drug or food, which is believed to cause sexual desire in people  • appetizing : describes food or smells that make you want to eat  • ashamed : feeling guilty or embarrassed about something you have done or a quality in your character  • asparagus : a plant with pale green juicy stems that are cooked and eaten as a vegetable  • combination : a mixture obtained when two or more things are combined  • communicate : to share information with others by speaking, writing, moving your body or using other signals  • conception : the process of a sperm and an egg joining and causing a baby to start to form  • crave : to have a strong or uncontrollable desire  • depression : a feeling of unhappiness and lack of hope for the future  • deprive : to take something, especially something necessary or pleasant, away from someone  • descent : the state or fact of being related to a particular person or group of people who lived in the past  • dork : a stupid awkward person  • excessive : too much  • function : the natural purpose (of something) or the duty (of a person)  • genuinely : really  • guaranteed : If something is guaranteed to happen or have a particular result, it is certain that it will happen or have that result  • idiot : a stupid person or someone who is behaving in a stupid way  • impression : an idea or opinion of what something is like  • injection : when someone puts a liquid, especially a drug, into a person’s body using a needle and a syringe (= small tube)  • instant messaging : a type of service available on the Internet that allows you to exchange written messages with someone else who is using the service at the same time  • ketchup : a thick cold red sauce made from tomatoes  • link : to make a connection between two or more people, things or ideas  • necessary : needed in order to achieve a particular result  • odor : a smell, often one that is unpleasant  • overweight : fat  • peanut butter : a soft pale brown substance made from crushed peanuts which is often eaten spread on bread  • pickle : a cucumber which has been preserved in vinegar or salty water, or slices of this  • pregnant : (of a woman and some female animals) having young developing inside the womb  • proportion : the number or amount of a group or part of something when compared to the whole  • risk : the possibility of something bad happening  • side effect : an unpleasant effect of a drug that happens in addition to the main effect  • tease : to laugh at someone or say unkind things about them, either because you are joking or because you want to upset them  • term : a word or expression used in relation to a particular subject, often to describe something official or technical  • tuna : a large fish which lives in warm seas, or its flesh eaten as food  • verbal : spoken rather than written  • vulnerable : able to be easily physically, emotionally, or mentally hurt, influenced or attacked  • worship : to have or show a strong feeling of respect and admiration for God or a god





01 Which of these things was once worshipped as a god in Japan?

A Rice.

B Tuna.

C Hello Kitty.


How many times have you been to Japan? What is your general impression of Japan and its culture? What do you find most appealing about Japan or Japanese culture? What do you find least appealing? Are you, or have you ever been, a Hello Kitty fan? What other unusual things about Japan do you know?





02 In the African country of Ivory Coast, what type of injection has become popular?

A One that is supposed to change your body odor to make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

B One that is supposed to improve your memory.

C One that is supposed to make your butt bigger.


If it was guaranteed to be effective without causing any side effects, which of the injections would you get? Which of the injections do you think would probably be most popular in Taiwan? Have you ever gotten any injections or taken any drugs that were not medically necessary?





03 Which country outside of Africa has the most people of African descent?

A America.

B Brazil.

C India.


Have you ever been personally acquainted with someone of African descent? What is your impression of blacks? Which of the countries listed as answer choices have you visited? What did you think of them? Which country would you most like to visit (again, if you’ve already been there)?





04 How many e-mails are sent every day in the UK?

A About 10 million (10,000,000).

B Almost 3 billion (3,000,000,000).

C More than half a trillion (500,000,000,000).


About how many e-mails do you send per day on average? What proportion of your e-mail is for work, and what proportion is personal? Which is probably the most important form of communication for you—e-mail, instant messaging, or phone calls? How do their functions differ for you?





05 What country’s people eats the most fast food?

A America.

B Japan.

C The United Kingdom.



Which fast food restaurant do you like most? What do you usually order there? When you eat fast food, is it usually for convenience or because you really like the food? When you need to have a quick meal, where do you usually go and what do you eat there?





06 Which of these statements about asparagus is true?

A It is an aphrodisiac.

B It is actually a baby tree.

C Men tend to like it more than women do.


How often do you eat asparagus? How much do you like it? What are your favorite vegetables? What about your least favorite? If asparagus is an aphrodisiac, will you eat more of it? Do you think there are any foods are truly aphrodisiacs? What foods have you found that women tend to like more than men do? What reasons can you think of that this might be true?

07 Which of these unusual combinations of food is most commonly craved by pregnant women?

A Chocolate and fish.

B Ice cream and ketchup.

C Pickles and peanut butter.


Which of the foods listed do you like most? Which combination sounds the most appetizing to you? Which sounds least appetizing? Do you ever crave unusual combinations of foods? If you’ve been pregnant, or lived closely with someone who was, what did you find most surprising or interesting about pregnancy?





08 What did a recent study find to be linked to high-calorie diets in women at the time of conception?

A A greater chance of having a boy.

B A greater chance of having a child with a low IQ.

C A greater chance of having an overweight child.


How many children do you plan to have? Do you genuinely like children? What reasons do you have for wanting (or not wanting) children? Would you prefer having a boy or girl? Why? If your child had a low IQ, would you feel ashamed? If you were child were overweight, would you force him or her to lose weight?





09 Which of these things increases the risk of sleepwalking?

A Excessive sexual desire. 

B Sleep deprivation.

C Too much sugar in the diet.


Have you ever walked in your sleep? Have you ever suffered from excessive sexual desire? What did you do about it? Have you ever been sleep deprived for an extended period of time? How did it affect you? How much sugar do you eat? What are your favorite sweets? Do you think you eat too much?





10 Which of these groups was found to most easily become jealous?

A Overweight women.

B Poor people.

C Short men.


How easily do you get jealous? What kind of people make you feel jealous? Would you be most likely to feel jealous about someone who was thinner than you, richer than you, or taller than you? Would you rather be physically attractive but poor, or physically unattractive but rich? How often do you think you make other people jealous? What do you think makes them jealous about you?

11 When are people most vulnerable to depression?

A In their 20s.

B In their 40s.

C In their 60s.


How vulnerable do you think you are to depression? Do you often get depressed for no reason? When you are depressed, can people around you easily know it? When you are depressed, how likely are you to share what you’re feelings with somebody else? Who are you most likely to talk to about your depression?





12 In the UK, which of these words is the most frequently used term of abuse among schoolchildren?

A Dork.

B Gay.

C Idiot.


What term of abuse in English do you use most often? Which of the terms of abuse would you probably find most upsetting if it was used against you? When you dislike someone, or someone makes you very angry, how likely are you to abuse them verbally? When you were growing up, were you often teased? How often did you tease other children?





ANSWERS :  01.A  • 02.C  • 03.B  • 04.B  • 05.C  • 06.C  • 07.C  • 08.A  • 09.B  • 10.C  • 11.B  • 12.B




May 13, 2008

Matchmaker quiz

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annoy : to make someone angry  • appeal : to interest or attract someone  • arrogant : unpleasantly proud and behaving as if you are more important than, or know more than, other people  • bookworm : a person who reads a lot  • careless : not taking or showing enough care and attention  • cheer up : If someone cheers up, or something cheers them up, they start to feel happier  • demand : to ask for something forcefully, in a way that shows that a refusal is not expected  • distract : to make someone stop giving their attention to something • encourage : to talk or behave in a way that gives someone confidence to do something  • feminist : a person who believes that women should be allowed the same rights, power and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way, or the set of activities intended to achieve this state  • gender : the physical and/or social condition of being male or female  • habitual : usual or repeated  • hint : something that you say or do that shows in an indirect way what you think or want  • in awe : feeling great respect sometimes mixed with fear or surprise  • indulge : to give someone anything they want and not to mind if they behave badly  • intuition : (knowledge obtained from) an ability to understand or know something immediately without needing to think about it, learn it or discover it by using reason  • irrational : not using reason or clear thinking  • lascivious : expressing a strong desire for sexual activity  • mistress : a woman who is having a sexual relationship with a married man  • mysterious : strange or unknown because it has not yet been explained or understood  • naked : not covered by clothes  • obey : to act according to what you have been asked or ordered to do by someone in authority or to behave according to a rule, law or instruction  • panic : a sudden strong feeling of anxiety or fear that prevents reasonable thought and action  • passion : a very powerful feeling, for example of sexual attraction, love, hate, anger or other emotion  • patient : having the ability to wait, or to continue doing something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed  • philosopher : someone who studies or writes about the meaning of life  • prostitute : a person who has sex with someone for money  • pursue : to try very hard to persuade someone to have a relationship with you  • react : to act in a particular way as a direct result of something else  • respect : to treat something or someone with kindness and care  • role : the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organization, society or relationship  • sensitive : easily upset by the things people say or do, or causing people to be upset, embarrassed or angry  • smooth talker : a man who is very polite, confident and persuasive in a way that is not sincere  • stare : to look for a long time with the eyes wide open, especially when surprised, frightened or thinking  • tolerate : to bear something unpleasant or annoying, or to continue existing despite disadvantageous conditions  • uniform : a particular set of clothes which has to be worn by the members of the same organization or group of people  • vain : too interested in your own appearance or achievements  • volcano : a mountain with a large circular hole at the top through which lava (= hot liquid rock), gases, steam and dust are or have been forced out  • vulgar : not suitable, simple, graceful or beautiful; common or not in the style preferred by the upper classes of society  • wary : not completely trusting or certain about something or someone

♀0 Which of these would you find most distracting?

A A very handsome stranger staring at you.

B A man in uniform.

C A completely naked handsome man.

D Having a secret admirer.

Would any of these men not distract you at all? How often do people stare at you in public? Why do you think they do this? Have you ever had a secret admirer? How would you feel if you knew that you had one, but didn’t know who it was? How do you think most men react when they see you?



0 How do you generally react when you see a beautiful woman?

A You are in awe.

B You feel excited.

C You feel wary.

D You feel a mixture of fear and desire.

What famous woman do you think is very beautiful? What qualities make you feel a woman is beautiful? How did you think most women react when they see you?





1 Which of these is your dream lover most like?

A A god.

B A big tree.

C A lion.

D A lamb.

Why did you make this choice? Have you ever had a lover who was close to your ideal? Which is your current or last lover most like? Looking at the choices in the question for males, which of the choices best describes you? Why do you think so?



1 Which of these is your dream lover most like?

A A queen.

B A volcano.

C A kitten.

D An angel.


Why did you make this choice? Have you ever had a lover who was close to your ideal? Which is your current or last lover most like? Looking at the choices in the question for females, which of the choices best describes you? Why do you think so?


2 Which of these types of men do you feel most comfortable with?

A Someone mysterious.

B A patient man.

C A smooth talker.

D The strong and silent type.

Why did you answer the way you did? Which types of men make you feel uncomfortable? Which of the choices best describes your current, or last, lover? Do any of the choices in the men’s question describe you well? How would you answer the men’s question, if the genders were changed?



2 Which you of these types of women would you be least likely to fall in love with?

A An overly emotional woman.

B A lascivious woman.

C A bookworm.

D A rich but vulgar woman.


Why did you answer the way you did? Do any of the choices describe your current, or last, lover? Do any of the choices in the women’s question describe you well? How would you answer the women’s question, if the genders were changed?





3 Which of these men would most appeal to you as a lover?

A A philosopher.

B A psychologist.

C A musician.

D A powerful leader.


Why did you answer the way you did? Which of the above men do you think would be least suitable for you? Why? Have you ever had a lover who had any of the above jobs, or similar ones? Do any of the types listed in the men’s question describe you?



3 Which of these women would most appeal to you as a lover?

A A proud and intelligent woman who was desired by many men.

B A very sexual woman.

C An extremely romantic woman.

D A woman who would do anything for her lover.

Why did you answer the way you did? Have you ever had a lover who fit one of the descriptions? Which of the jobs listed as choices in the women’s question do you think is most suitable for you? Why?

4 Which of these things do you pay the most attention to?

A Your man’s social life.

B Your man’s health.

C Your man’s lifestyle and personal habits.

D Your man’s career.

Why did you answer the way you did? Which of the above do you pay the least attention to? Why? How would you answer the men’s question, if the genders were changed?



4 To cheer your woman up, which of these things are you most likely to do?

A Joke with her.

B Indulge her.

C Hug or kiss her.

D Demand that she change her mood.


If you were in a bad mood, how would you prefer that your lover cheer you up? Why? How would you answer the women’s question, if the genders were changed?





5 Which of these men sounds like the worst lover?

A A vain man in love with himself.

B An arrogant man who didn’t respect your opinions.

C A habitual liar.

D A guy who tells you, “Don’t think about it so much! Let’s have sex!”

Have you ever had a lover who fit any of the descriptions? Which of the above would you be most likely to tolerate? Are you guilty of any of the things listed in the men’s question?



5 Which of these do you find most annoying in a woman?

A Endless talking.

B Careless lies.

C Being overly sensitive.

D Irrational behavior.


Have you ever had a lover who fit any of the descriptions? Have you ever been interested in a woman at first, but then lost interest when you found out that she did any of the things listed as an answer choice? Do any of the answer choices listed in the women’s question describe you?





6 How would you react if you had a lover, but knew that there was another man pursuing you?

A Feel proud of yourself.

B Be very happy.

C Not have any particular reaction.

D Actively encourage him.


Is there anyone pursuing you now? How is he or they pursuing you? Have you ever pursued a man? Would you ever pursue a man in the future? How would you feel if a woman were pursuing your lover?



6 If another man were pursuing your lover, how would you respond?

A Feel proud that your lover was so attractive.

B Feel panicked.

C Not really care.

D Feel very angry.


Have you ever had this experience? Are you pursuing anyone now? Have you ever pursued a woman who already had a lover? How would you answer the women’s question if the genders were changed?





7 When you’re with your man, which of these roles do you most enjoy playing?

A Mother.

B Child.

C Prostitute.

D Man.


Does your lover enjoy it when you play this role? Which of the roles would you least enjoy playing? Why? Are there any roles that you would dislike playing, or would never play at all? What roles would you like your lover to at least sometimes play—for example, father?



7 Which of these roles do you think that a woman should most often play when she is with her man?

A Mother.

B Sister.

C Mistress.

D Feminist.


Have you ever had a lover who often played any of the above roles? Are there any roles that you would dislike your lover playing?

8 What do you demand of your lover?

A Everything.

B Nothing.

C That he understand what you’re thinking and feeling without your needing to tell him.

D That he make you feel like a woman.

Why did you answer the way you did? If you have had a lover before, which of the above qualities did he have? Would you demand any of the things listed in the men’s question? Which of the things listed in the men’s question could you give to your lover?



8 What do you demand of your lover?

A That she be kind and thoughtful.

B That she not ask too many questions.

C That she be beautiful, obey you, and enjoy sex very much.

D That she do whatever you want, when you want it!


Why did you answer the way you did? If you have had a lover before, which of the above qualities did she have? Overall, do you think you are a very demanding person?





9 If you were about to begin a great love affair, how would you probably be feeling?

A Like you were going crazy.

B Just happy.

C Already burning with passion.

D Nothing special.


Do you think you have had a “great love affair”? Would you like to have one in the future? Why or why not? How would you answer the men’s question, if the genders were changed?



9 How would you judge if a relationship with a woman were ready to become sexual?

A Use my intuition.

B After you have kissed.

C If she gives you some kind of hint.

D Only after it already happened.


Do you think you can understand women very well? How well do you think you can “read” your current, or last, lover? How would you answer the women’s question, if the genders were changed?




May 6, 2008

Speech #2

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Topic: freely chosen by you

Length: 2:30 to 3:30

Target audience: Max

Due: June 17



• Do choose a topic that is interesting and/or relevant to your audience (Max).

• Don’t choose a topic that is better suited to a conversation or your personal diary.



• Do organize your speech clearly.

• Don’t put together sub-topics that don’t fit together logically or don’t cover your speech’s topic adequately.



• Do include an attention-getting introduction.

• Don’t just ask random questions that might be related to your topic but that don’t lead naturally into your speech.



• Do let your audience know when you’re moving from part to part in your speech.

• Do stay focused on your speech’s topic, and avoid unnecessary details or wandering away from the topic.

• Don’t use language that you’re not confident in, which might make your speech unclear.

• Don’t use either written English or overly conversational English.



• Do summarize the main points of your speech and then end with a memorable final sentence.

• Don’t introduce new ideas that belong in the body of a speech.



• Do check to make sure that your speech when given will last between two-and-a-half and three-and-a-half minutes.

• Do remember the lessons about good writing (see the post below).

• Don’t refer directly to the speech in sentences like “My topic today is…” or “That’s all for my speech.”



GRADING (30 points)

Form: 15

Content: 10

Delivery: 5

What is good writing?

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acquire : to obtain something  • adequate : enough or satisfactory for a particular purpose  • athlete : a person who is very good at sports or physical exercise, especially one who competes in organized events  • bubble : a ball of air in a liquid, or a delicate hollow sphere floating on top of a liquid or in the air  • circumstance : a fact or event that makes a situation the way it is  • conceivable : possible to imagine or to believe  • corn syrup : a thick sweet liquid made from maize  • diverse : varied or different  • fascinating : extremely interesting  • limber : (of a person) able to bend and move easily and gracefully  • lumber : to move slowly and awkwardly  • proficiency : skilled and experienced





[Sample A]


When mother fride my egg this morning it limbered out like corn surp. Then it got buggles. They went up, then went down, like breethen heavy.





[Sample B]


I consider experience to be an important part in the process of learning. For example, in the case of an athlete, experience plays an important role. After each game, he tends to acquire more knowledge and proficiency, thereby making him a better athlete. An athlete could also gain more knowledge by studying up on the sport, but it is doubtful if he could participate for the first time in sport with study alone and without experience and still do an adequate job.





[Sample C]


The automobile is a mechanism fascinating to everyone in all its diverse manifestations and in every conceivable kind of situation or circumstance.



DISCUSSION QUESTIONS : Do you like this? Why or why not? Do you think this is a good piece of writing? Why or why not? What do you think is good about it, if anything? What is bad about it, if anything? If you were to rewrite it, how would you do it?



(1) Write clearly and vividly, even if it’s not expressed in the same way that other people would express it.

(2) Make your writing informative.

(3) Use examples to make your meaning clear.

(4) Whenever possible, avoid using language that you’re not confident about.


Letter to Julie

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What do you think of love relationships between Taiwanese and foreigners? Do you think you could be involved in a relationship with a foreigner? If so, could you do so with a black person? A white person? Another Asian? Would you rather have a partner who shared the same cultural background as you but was of a different race (for example, a white person born and raised in Taiwan), or someone of the same race with a different cultural background (for example, an ABC)? Why?




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Dear Aunt Julie,


This is Yu-Huei, your niece in Taipei. I’m eighteen years old now and have just graduated from high school. I have a 31-year-old American boyfriend named Les. He treats me very well and really respects me. He’s a teacher at Global Village, which is the English-language cram school where I was studying when I met him.


Do you see any problems in this relationship? What do you think of the way they met? Do you think the difference in their ages is too large? Why or why not? Why do you think there are more foreign men dating Taiwanese women, than Taiwanese men dating foreign women? Do you know any “international” couples? Would you like to have a foreigner as a lover? Why or why not?





Les tells me that he really loves me and wants us to live together. Don’t misunderstand me; of course, we will have separate bedrooms. I plan to stay a virgin until I get married. But I really love him and want to live with him. Also, it will be a great opportunity to practice my English.


Would you consider living together with a lover before marriage? Why or why not? Do you have any friends who have lived together with a lover? Do you think it is a good idea for people to stay virgins until they get married? Why or why not? Would you date a foreigner just to be able to practice your English? Why or why not?

The problem is my parents. They were already unhappy that my boyfriend is a foreigner, but now they are furious. They say I am stupid, and are threatening to disown me if I don’t listen to them and break up with Les, who they say is a bad man just for asking me to live with him..

What should I do?




Have your parents ever gotten so angry at you that they threatened to disown you? What is the angriest they have ever gotten at you? Have you ever gotten very angry at your parents? How would you feel if you were Yu-Huei’s parents? Would you react the same way? What do you think Yu-Huei should do?






How do you think Yu-Huei feels? Why? Can you sympathize with her? What are some ways having an American boyfriend might be better than having a Taiwanese boyfriend? What would be some advantages for Yu-Huei of living with Les? Do you think her parents are communicating with her in the best way? Do you think there is a better way for them to communicate with Yu-Huei? When your parents don’t agree with one of your plans, what do you do? What is the best way to persuade someone who doesn’t agree with you?







How do you think Les feels? Why? Can you sympathize with him? Do you think foreigners in Taiwan feel lonely? Do you think it is good for them to date Taiwanese, or do you think it is better for foreigners to date other foreigners? Why? In what ways do foreign men treat their girlfriends better than Taiwanese men? What are some of the advantages of living together with a lover? In what ways is it better than marriage? How would you feel if your lover’s parents didn’t like you? What should Les do to make Yu-Huei’s parents like him better?



How do you think Yu-Huei’s parents feel? Why? Can you sympathize with them? What are some of the disadvantages for a Taiwanese person of dating a foreigner? What kinds of problems do you think a Taiwanese girlfriend/American boyfriend might have? Do you think it’s OK to date a foreigner just because you want to practice your English? Why or why not? Why might it be a bad idea for Yu-Huei to live together with her American boyfriend? Do you think it’s possible that Yu-Huei and her boyfriend could live together and not start a sexual relationship? What are some reasons for a girl to stay a virgin until marriage? Do you think getting angry and making threats is the best way to persuade Yu-Huei? Why or why not? What might be a better way?




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