【治学大家谈】Jason老师:I hope you are keeping safe and well.

日期: 2020-02-27 阅读: 来源: 关键词:

“I hope you are keeping safe and well.”

Hello, everybody. I hope you’re keeping safe and well at this difficult time. I’m at home here in Lanzhou with my family, my wife and my daughter. We have been here for the whole holidays. We haven’t left Lanzhou. This is my home. Just like you, I’m just waiting and hoping that we can get back to normaland university life as soon as possible.

I just want to recommend few ways to occupy your time perhaps a bit more constructively at home. First, I want to say I hope you are keeping safe, well, and following all the guidelines that the government has provided to make sure that you are at minimum risk. For ourselves, we have taken the opportunity to clean our flat . We also made sure our daughter is happy and occupied. She has homework to do but also, we read to her and we play games with her. And this is helping to fill our time. Now, as English students, obviously this is a challenging time for you. Especially, if you’re living in a place where nobody else speaks English. It’s difficult to find people to practice speaking with. But you can do things to help improve your English. It’s a good opportunity to improve your vocabulary. You can set yourself a target for learning new words everyday, and you can perhaps make little labels for these new words. And if you are naming objects, you can stick the label on your object in the flat, and you can practice saying the English word every time. You need to say the word rather than the Chinese word. If you are living with other people who are not learning English, maybe you can encourage them to join in and play the game too.

Secondly, this is a good opportunity to catch up on watching TV shows and movies. You’ve got access to the internet and sites, like Youku. And there are some good shows and good movies you can see on these sites. I don’t watch that many movies,but there are some which I really enjoy. There’s a movie which I recommended to my students last semester. It’s called The Sixth Sense.Sixthis s-i-x-t-h and sense is s-e-n-s-e. The Sixth Sense, it’s a kind of ghost story, but it’s a very clever movie. And students are recommendedto watch it and they really enjoyed it and they told me afterwards that term. They thought it was a good film. Um, that's it.

And finally, of course, you’ve got your WeChat, and you can talk to your friends. It’s very difficult having a spontaneous conversation with friends on WeChat. So I think you have to set yourself a particular task, something constructive, maybe a game or a role play, which you can play that gives you something positive to achieve when you’re speaking with your friends in English on WeChat.

So that’s it. I just want to give you this quick message as well as give you my best wishes and the hope that you are safe and well. And I look forward to seeing you back at the university hopefully before too long. Ok,bye bye.

作者简介:Jason(詹森),英籍外教,2013年9月起到兰州大学工作,从事公共英语课教学。

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“愿你安然无恙”

大家好。我希望你们在这个艰难的时刻依然平安无恙。整个假期,我和家人、妻子、女儿一直待在兰州。我们还没有离开兰州。这是我的家。和大家一样,我也在等待,希望一切能够恢复正常,尽快回到以往的校园生活。

关于如何充实地度过这段时间,我想告诉大家几点建议,也许可以帮助你足不出户便有所获。首先,我想说的是,希望你们能保持身体健康,遵守政府提出的所有要求规定,以确保自己远离患病的风险。关于我们家,我和家人利用此次机会将我们的公寓打扫的一尘不染。我们还让我们的女儿过的非常快乐和充实。她有作业要做,但我们也会给她读书,和她一起玩游戏。这真的充实了我们的时间。很显然,现在这一时期对于作为英语专业的你们来说是充满挑战的。特别是,如果你住的地方没有人说英语的话,那么你就很难找到可以帮你练习口语的人。尽管如此,你们也可以通过其他办法来帮助自己提高英语能力。这段时期是提高词汇量的好机会。你可以每天为学习新单词给自己设定一个目标,比如可以把这些新单词做成标签。如果你要给一些物品命名,你可以把标签贴在你公寓里的物品上,每天练习说英语单词来代替物品的汉语名称。如果你和一些不学英语的人住在一起,也许你可以鼓励他们一起玩这个游戏。

其次,这是一个看电视节目和电影的好机会。你们可以访问互联网和优酷这种网站。在这些网站上你们可以看到一些精彩的节目和电影。我看的电影不多,但也有一些我真正喜欢的。上学期我向学生推荐了一部特别的电影,叫做《第六感》。Sixth是s-i-x-t-h,而sense是s-e-n-s-e。《第六感》讲的是一个鬼故事,但它是一部非常巧妙的电影。学生们因为我的推荐去看这部电影,上学期结束时他们告诉我,他们真的很喜欢这部电影,他们认为这是一部很好的电影。嗯,就是这样。

最后,当然,你们有自己的微信,可以和朋友聊天。但在微信上与朋友自然地交谈很困难。所以,我认为你必须给自己设定一个特殊的小任务,进行一些有益的活动,例如玩个小游戏或角色扮演,这将带给你们一些积极的影响,使你在微信上与朋友用英语交谈时能真正提高自己的英语能力。

以上便是我要说的全部内容。我只是想给你们一个简短的问候,带给你们我最好的祝愿,并希望你们都能平安无事。我期待不久以后能在学校见到你们。好的,再见。

(兰州大学外国语学院研究生周梦茹转写翻译)

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