Every day I see advertisements in the newspapers and on the buses claiming that it is easy to learn English. According to them, with little effort, a student will be able to speak the language fluently in three months or even ten days. When I see advertisements like this, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. If it were that easy, I would have to look for another job, because very few qualified teachers would be needed.
___11___ Otherwise the advertisements would not appear.
It is natural for students to be attracted to methods that will teach them quickly and efficiently. ___12___
And it is no use pretending that anyone has discovered a perfect way of teaching English. Some experts even argue that there are many good methods of teaching a language. No doubt this is true to a certain extent, but it is not very helpful to students.
___13___ Of course it is clear that students who go to England, America, or Australia to learn English have a great advantage over others. But many students cannot afford to do so. Other students go to the opposite extreme. ___14___ But it is wrong to assume that each word in English has a precise word in another language.
In my personal opinion, no one can ever learn to speak a language unless he is interested in it. Human beings, unlike animals, do not like making noises unless they understand and can relate them to their own lives. It is worth remembering that language is a means of communication. ___15___ It will be helpful if we practise the unfamiliar forms in real situations, talking to each other about real life in real language.
A. We need other people to talk to and listen to.
B. They teach themselves at home with dictionaries.
C. Every teacher is an individual with his own personality.
D. But a large number of people must believe these ridiculous claims.
E. It’s impossible for any translation method to produce good pronunciation.
F. But it is difficult for anyone to explain why one method is better than another.
G. Some students believe that the only way to learn a language is to stay in that country.
【答案】11. D 12. F 13. G 14. B 15. A