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tesolchina   发表于 2005-7-16 13:13:11 | 显示全部楼层 | 阅读模式 | 跳转到指定楼层
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    To take advantages of the enormous online resources for English learning, we need to collect English articles regularly based on our personal interest.  While you should always follow your heart to find the writing that turn you on, here are a few clues you might find helpful.  As a rule or thumb, use google search enginine to locate any website I did not provide URL.  
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1. Choose your favorite English media and visit the website everyday.  Personally, I am a subscriber of South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong -based newspaper (http://www.scmp.com  I also read New York Times which requires free membership.  (http://www.nytimes.com)  9 q7 B) n1 n& h- s( j
      In the papers, I would recommend editorials and letters to editors where you can find quality pursuasive writing.  9 R9 @7 r' t, H4 ^! _1 ~  }% F
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2. Check out the student newspaper of American Universities and find the writing of American students the same age as you are.  I often visit http://www.studlife.com to read Student Life of my Alma Mater, which I often contributed my writing as an undergraduate.  Here are a list of student newspaper of American colleges for your reference.  
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Daily Illini (University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign) http://www.dailyillini.com/
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Daily Trojan (University of Southern California) http://www.dailytrojan.com/
/ M! P2 W" v2 r6 ~% W# AEagle (American University) http://www.theeagleonline.com/
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Washington Square News (New York University) http://www.washingtonsquarenews.com/
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I consider college student writing the most contemporary and up-to-date source of idea and sample essays.  
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0 F$ x4 Q1 ]. SWe learn to write so we can get hired by either government agencies or corporations.  So the best way to get an idea what kind of writing we are expected to produce to log on to their websites.  One of my favorite is http://www.whitehouse.gov where I can read the weekly national address of the US president.  Although I have no comments on George W's Taxan accent, there is no question that White House has hired some of the best political writers of the nation to write Bush's speeches.  So we should not miss the free lessons0 O3 h' M0 j6 _+ p4 j/ }' }
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Central Intelligence Agency http://www.cia.gov
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Plus, as a college student, what is the better place to go than the top universities around the world.  Check out Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Oxbridge, Berkeley and Stanford from time to time and read about the top educational institutions we celebrate.  
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6 _# q- w8 l" j8 ISo compile your list of URL today and start collecting articles and/or essays and post it to this thread.  We are building a database of sample English essays and we need your support.  
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you are really a good man~~~::81  y2 W: x! G" h6 H/ \# |" u
As a complement to your artcile,i would like to list some useful infomations too.
8 j# q$ [. E6 K9 a& u" g' D1.http://www.fortune.com/fortune  From which you can find the top 500 coporations of the world as it is mentioned before  l4 s6 P+ ?# R! t- q- g
2.http://www.latimes.com/   This site can bring you origin news about american. And  usatoday,washingtonpost,also do the job,the websites are omitted as you can search their name on web.
: X7 z) x( f7 G: k4 Q3.http://www.istudentcity.com/ A virtual city composed by those USA students.
! b  m2 g" q- k% b7 s* Rthanks again for the practical info of top floor again,if there are any messages covered or mistake appeared,please forgive me,for i am a new learner here~~::p4
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i will take part in this activities.try my best to do that well.yeah!!!1
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so simon, you are from WUSTL?/ L+ c" [* ~: a% [7 w( j
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are you still there?
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A magical day for Harry Potter fans+ b; B, H& C) c
'Half-Blood Prince' flies off shelves at a supernatural speed

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' c1 y+ [6 z% K- O6 sHarry Potter mania emerged yet again at midnight, with eager fans in Great Britain, the United States, Canada and other lands filling bookstores for the Saturday launch of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the latest in J.K. Rowling's chronicle of the boy wizard.0 I# l2 U, o6 t% X
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"I can't believe that I have the first copy," 20-year-old Rachel Grandy -- who had waited in line at New York's Union Square Barnes & Noble for 16 hours -- told The Associated Press. "It's totally boggling my mind right now."
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0 Y: s7 r- z) A$ p4 i( b8 h- _"I'm not getting any sleep tonight," a giddy, witch-hat-topped girl told CNN in London, England, as she clutched her copy of "Prince." "I'll be reading all night."
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Isabel Sen, a Potter fan who appeared on CNN Saturday morning from New York, was already up to Chapter Five after buying her book at a midnight opening. She and her sister Emily would have stayed up all night to read it except for her father, she said.
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Saturday the yeoman's work will be done by postal and overnight package services, which will deliver more than 2 million "Prince" pre-orders to customers all over the world. Moreover, bookstores may sell 10 million copies in the first 24 hours, according to an estimate by the British bookstore chain Waterstone's.
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But fair warning: The new book, the sixth in the planned seven-book series, is the darkest yet.
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1 a& y) m2 o& {: P3 d) KEarly reviews, by selected reviewers fortunate enough to receive a rare advance copy, have noted the death of an important character and a general tone of foreboding.- i. M" I" t7 O4 R& }7 I$ y

/ |( R, b$ m0 {+ L$ b2 W9 ?8 rThe book has "a thoroughly harrowing denouement that sees the death of yet another important person in Harry's life, and that renders this, the sixth volume of the series, the darkest and most unsettling installment yet," wrote New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani in Saturday's editions.
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! B8 ^5 @, n8 o+ P$ `, KBooks 'N' More in Wilmington, Ohio, featured horses dressed up as unicorns parading down the main street, and everywhere bookstore workers (and customers) came as Harry, Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, instructor Severus Snape, groundskeeper Hagrid and other Potter characters.! g) ~4 |1 t8 V  }

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"Prince" is the second-to-last novel in the Potter series. Its serialization has helped the book's popularity, says Philip Nel, who teaches a Harry Potter course at Kansas State University.
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"This is a very long mystery novel we are getting in installments," he told USA Today. "Each book ends with some suspense. You want to know what happens next."
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thank you simon!!

we are waiting for you & we will do the task with zest!
发表于 2005-7-18 09:12:57 | 显示全部楼层

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! r$ Q+ F8 L/ @8 ~% kLook at numbers from the World Economic Forum, one of the many groups that measure competitiveness across the world. In its most recent report on growth competitiveness, the forum ranked the United States second, after Finland.
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China was far down the list at 46 and India was further down in 55th place - not exactly the type of numbers to give investors confidence.
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Today, the European economy is barely growing, while the US economy is putting in a respectable performance of 3.6 per cent solid growth. ! r, j# M, f& e1 |  c- |& [$ H* ?
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On the other hand, a more forward-looking measure contrasts annual US patents per million inhabitants with the growth rate of US patents. The US and Japan are superior in terms of absolute volume, but India and China are superior in terms of growth rates. So what is the net effect? The ICT story conceals what is to come, as evidenced by developments in the mobile business. ' U* T* `- _6 Q! B- R: x2 w

+ I' Y5 K( T' |+ P) l% ?In the pre-cellular era, mobile markets were small and primarily domestic. In worldwide terms, growth took off in the latter half of the 1980s, especially in the US and the small Nordic countries. Since the late 1990s, China and India have been the growth drivers of the business. But there is more to the story. Due to globalisation, the future of mobility has two faces: innovation and new services in maturing markets, and double-digit growth and new subscribers in emerging markets. 3 t. _; j$ o8 u* }

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& {# n5 H. \1 e7 B+ n8 F6 a/ FThe low-income and lower-middle income nations comprise more than 4.9 billion people. Of these, 2.3 billion - almost half - are in China and India. The net effect is a world-historical boost to economic development. * t  E6 F9 h# {
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6 k7 `6 b0 u' ]+ Q) u3 U8 SRather, the rivals are catching up. American-style innovation is no longer taking off just in North America and Europe - but in China and India as well. These world-historical win-win opportunities have the potential of increasing prosperity in the developed nations and bringing hundreds of millions of poor out from poverty worldwide.
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3 J1 i2 @$ m' s9 o# q  One interesting I found in this article is the patent number as an indicator of innovation.  We always stress on the potential of Chinese market.  But without innovation, all we can do is to supply cheap labor and land.  With innovation, Americans, in average, have seven times per capita GDP than Chinese.  And that explains why we all have to study hard for GRE.    [. @+ R; H% |; \, j

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Weissmans send students 'round the world

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! w# i: W" C* A* \$ C4 J; |1 cFor the past 12 years, the Weissman International Internship Program, established by Paul ('52) and Harriet Weissman in 1994, has provided nearly 225 sophomores and juniors with the opportunity to participate in an international internship in a field of work related to their academic and career goals. The Weissman Program enables students to develop a richer understanding of the global community in which they live and work, and provides an opportunity for them to share their experiences with the Harvard community when they return. 4 f) N3 A! w, @$ {. D' n; r- x
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This year's 31 Weissman Interns will work in a wide range of private and public sector organizations in the arts, business, education, international development, law, media, medicine, public service, and science. Four of the 20 countries that the interns will visit this year are new destinations for the Weissman Program: East Timor, Mongolia, Singapore, and Venezuela.
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  v8 _! _# L  [8 B8 n: }2 H5 j4 fThe  biggest  reflection of  reading  this acrticle   is  about the Weissman International Internship Program according to this  action  let  students know  the other countries.For we live in the fast developing society ,communication  is the basic tool to  cooperations with each other.
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thanks for sharing
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China's visionary gadfly

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"For China," he says, "an election system is not popular. The common people are highly indifferent." Even the mainland's highly touted village elections are not a real success, for him. Villagers are indifferent to the elections and "have to be paid to vote" - presumably as compensation for lost working time. 7 A0 P2 T: }* b3 \, ?2 Z% l, w
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Though critical of certain aspects of mainland policy, he staunchly defends Beijing against western critics. Much of the criticism, he contends, reflects western unhappiness over the mainland's economic miracle of the last quarter century - a miracle that "occurred under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party".
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" {7 N/ Y( C  k' ^6 E' jHe also says the command economy, before Deng Xiaoping embraced the market economy, helped the mainland make significant achievements, such as launching satellites, developing nuclear weapons and greatly extending life expectancy.
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The scholar, who has a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, thinks one of the country's major problems today is the decline in quality of the members of the Communist Party. Other problems are the widening gap between the cities and the countryside as well as the emergence of a new class of poor people - about 150 million migrant workers. , v4 G3 W3 f% u( f2 M& Y1 J
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Surprisingly for someone who often sounds like a Chinese nationalist, he says China could support a Pax Americana. The United States, he says, will find China much more useful than Western Europe. 9 M6 I; z" R1 e' D
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And while China itself cannot become a global leader, it was in a position to "pull the leader down". Therefore, the US needs China's co-operation.
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: Z4 m3 Q. s; R7 ^0 _' c9 f$ ~5 LHis hope, Professor Pan says, is to "create a new political civilisation different from that of the west". / N/ y) A# ]2 s8 \: J- X" J/ ]
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He sees the Communist Party evolving into something akin to the People's Action Party in Singapore which, while allowing an opposition, is able to hold and win elections year after year. 7 {: D: a# e: j+ M8 A2 f( N% E5 g

- N2 @* ]) D1 f4 O- V% vThe mainland, he feels, needs political reform. He wants it to become a "consultative rule-of-law region", held up by these pillars: a politically neutral civil service; independent judiciary; anti-corruption agency; independent auditing system; extensive consultation by both the executive and legislative organs of government; and freedoms of the press, of speech, of assembly and of association. In fact, he acknowledges, his ideal system for the mainland is the Hong Kong model of government.
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Are leaders receptive to his ideas? Premier Wen Jiabao , he says, recently declared that China should recognise the independence of the judiciary and the independence of the prosecution. In order to attract Taiwan, Beijing will have to "improve [the mainland's] own political system".
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It is highly unlikely that the central leadership will accept his ideas wholesale. But even if some of them - such as the separation of party and state, independent judiciary or politically neutral civil service - find acceptance among those in power, it would represent a huge step forward for the mainland. With its economic reforms so strikingly successful, it is high time for China to move towards political reform.3 b6 ^4 g3 l) R4 a0 r7 ^
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Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based writer and commentator.$ R( u1 t3 u8 E7 P" X7 Q
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