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1. A growing number of educators in the United States have begun to question just how beneficial computers are in the classroom. The debate raging in the US is being closely watched by European and Asian educators who welcome technology but also want to learn from American mistakes. Statistic shows 26% of American school children aged 5 to 9 years old use computers at school. Yet, little research has been conducted to examine at what impact computers have on children’s cognitive and emotional development. Our concern is that this is very powerful technology the effects of which we really don’t know.
越来越多的美国教育学家开始质疑电脑在课堂教学中的益处究竟有多大。争论愈演愈烈,吸引了欧洲和亚洲的教育学家的密切关注。他们不排斥科技,但也想从美国人的错误中吸取教训。数据显示,5到9岁的美国孩子当中有26%的在学校使用电脑,但是人们很少开展研究调查电脑对于儿童认知和情感发展的影响。我们关心的是,电脑是非常强大的科技,但是我们不了解它所带来的影响。

2. This morning, I am going to talk briefly about consumer price changes in five major countries. Let’s look at the US figures. As you can see, the annual change in consumer prices rose from around 4% in 2002 to just under 6% in 2004.(此句录音缺失). Now, turning to France. We can see that consumer prices rose less quickly than those in Britain and the US. Inflation rose over to over3% in 2005. By 2006, the inflation rate in France had fallen below that in Germany and was now equal to that in Japan.
今天上午,我要简要谈谈五个主要国家的消费物价变化。让我们先看看美国的数字。大家都可以看到,美国的物价从2002年的4%上涨到2004年的不到6%。现在,让我们看看法国的情况。法国的物价上涨速度没有英国和美国快。通货膨胀在2005年上升到超过3%以上。到2006年,法国的通货膨胀速度降低,比德国要慢,基本和日本相当。