美国瓦萨奇中学(Wasatch Academy) 校长Joseph Loftin来华讲座(三)

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提问环节


问题一:

如果要去美国上高中的话,考TOEFL Junior大概多少分才能被Wasatch Academy录取呢?


回答:We don’t require a TOEFL/ TOEFL junior score. We are trying tode-emphasis on our school the reliance on test scores. Again, what we look for is the presentation of your child in their application; what they have to sayabout themselves; what their references have to say; and the interests andpassion they express in gaining the admission to our school is more important to us than a certain TOEFL score. So we do not have just a set cut off for anacceptable TOEFL score.

我们高中并不需要托福分数,而且我们正在降低对考试成绩的侧重。我们需要看到的是学生申请里的全面展示,他们如何形容自己,他们的推荐信如何形容他们。对我们来说,他们所展现出来的兴趣和激情比一个托福成绩重要得多。所以我们对托福成绩没有一个硬性标准。


问题二:

标准化成绩虽然不是全部,但是它也是衡量学生能力的一个部分表示学生初到美国是否能够正常完成学业及基本的交流能力。由于近几年来申请美国高中的中国学生人数越来越多,竞争越来越激烈,有些顶级名校对于招生的门槛越来越高,那究竟高在了哪里?请具体的说一说,而且,应如何看待标准化考试?


回答:We take a very creative approach – don’t rely too much on testscores. Because I have seen as an educator, it that some students would come tous with the high test scores, and they are the poorly motivated students, andthey don’t fully take advantage of the learning opportunities. So what our admission office tries to do is to very carefully try to discern the ambition and the motivation of the child.

我们在这方面是比较有创造性的,不会过于看重考试成绩。作为教育者,我也看到过很多孩子,他们有很高考试分数,但是在学习上却没有太多动力,也就没法充分利用咱们的学习资源。所以我们的招生委员会会特别仔细地去找出那些有动力、有雄心壮志的孩子。


也就是说,标准化的成绩是一个最基本的线,再这之上,又建立了一些标准化的评价体系标准?


回答:For our school, we don’t require it, we would accept it, we know how to read the scores and we can tell something from the scores, but that’s not what really decides who we select. And we will try to look at the overall characters and the qualities of the students, and not just rely on a simple test score. If a student comes to us and has a TOEFL score, 50 or 60, that does tell something, but what I have seen is that if a student come to us and we can see they are highly motivated, they will learn English very quickly in our environment because they immerse in it in every day and speaking English everyday with the students who can’t speak to them in Chinese. These are younger learners, and their ability to acquire a second language is much greater than our ability to acquire a second language.

我们学校不需要托福成绩,不过我们也接受它,我们知道如何去看这些分数,但是我们并不是通过这个成绩来挑选学生,我们会看学生的整体素质,而不是一个简单的分数。如果一个学生拿着50或者60分的托福成绩来申请我们学校,这个成绩确实能告诉我们一些这个学生的情况,但是我还是认为如果一个学生非常有动力去学习英语,他在我们这边会学得非常快,因为他是浸入在英语环境里,每天得跟他那些无法讲中文的同学说英语。同时,他们很年轻,他们学习外语的能力比我们要强得多。


问题三:

对于未来将要去美国读大学的学生来说,请您评价一下国内的美国国际班与直接去美国读高中的优劣势。


回答:To be host, the more a student is immersed in an American environment, the greater advantages they are going to have in an Americanuniversity. If your son or daughter can go to an American college preparatory school in the US, they will probably have a more accelerated rate than then would just staying here. But, if the students here are highly motivated, and they get into a good program here, and they are immersed in English, and they are immersed learning activities, they will be well-prepared. 老实说,如果一个学生能更多地在美国环境下浸入式学习,那么他之后在美国大学里就会有更多的优势。如果您的孩子能进入美国大学预备高中,他未来在学习上会更加快速地适应。但是如果学生有足够的自觉性,并且是在国内的一个好的项目,让他们能浸入式地学习,他们也能充分做好进大学前的准备。


I do want to share with you a student coming into our program, even though we don’t emphasize test taking, we will make sure that they are prepared to do well on the SAT, and do well on the TOEFL, for entering into the colleges, because although some American universities are no longer placing emphasis on SAT and TOEFL scores, many do. So, we give our students a fair advantage. Even thought we don’t emphasize it, we will offer good test-prep classes for them.

另外我还想补充,如果一个学生来到我们学校,虽然我们不是特别看重考试,但是我们会保证让孩子们做好充足的准备来应对他们申请大学所需的SAT和托福考试。尽管有些美国大学已经不看重SAT和托福成绩了,但是还是有一部分学校是看重的。所以我们不会让我们的学生在这方面比不上别人,虽然我们不认为考试成绩决定一切,我们还是会为孩子开设非常好的考试培训课。


问题四:

对于美国高中来说,一个高中的SAT的平均分是有参考意义的,尤其是对于多数的美国高校来说。无论是国际生的家长还是美国本土的家长,他们在选学校的时候,还是会参照对应高中的学术化成绩对吗?


回答:It can be, but there is no correlation between high SAT scores and high success in American Universities. But, the majority the people is still playing the game. As a result of that, we have to make sure that our students are prepared to play that game.

确实是,但是SAT的高分和学生在大学里的成功并不是直接相关的。只是大部分人还是会看重SAT成绩,所以我们也会确保我们的学生有能力考出好成绩。


问题五:Would you please explain the honor courses to us?


回答:The honor courses are courses that have greater work demand. The students in our honor courses will have more projects to do, where they can demonstrate a higher level of proficiency in the subject areas. They may have to do a major creative project, almost like a master thesis in graduate schools. It requires many hours of additional work, apart from what students usually do in a regular class.

荣誉课程对学生会有更高的要求。荣誉课程班的学生要做更多的项目来展示他们在这一科目上的水平。他们可能会需要做一个创造性地项目,就跟研究生的毕业论文差不多。这就要求他们在平常课程之外再付出更多的时间。


问题六:如何能让孩子更适应美国的生活环境?孩子如何过渡到学习生活当中?老师是否有心理干预帮助孩子进行过渡?


回答: Our teachers are very nurturing, supportive, and understanding to students who are coming from other countries and making a transition. We don’thave extreme high expectations on them immediately. We help them grow intothose expectations.

我们的老师对来自国外、正在慢慢适应美国环境的学生都是非常理解和关爱的。我们不会立刻就对这些学生提出特别高的要求,我们会帮助他们慢慢来达到我们的要求。

Your child’s dignity is the most important thing for us to protect. So we will not do anything to endanger their self-dignity. So we will not throw challenges immediately. That will overwhelm them.

我们一定会保护您孩子的自尊,不会做任何伤害孩子自尊的事。所以我们不会立刻就给他们太多挑战,不然他们会觉得手足无措。


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