是由專業的外籍教師群，在全盤了解國內美語學習者的學習背景後，特別編寫的第二外語(English as a Foreign Language)教材。我們希望你可以學習到更多不同面向的實用字彙，並在小組討論中活用剛學的單字。
字彙量提升，和流暢的英文與外籍人士互動訓練流暢的表達能力, 自然的語調, 道地的用法，能以美語表達思想, 讓英文程度更上層樓，能談論更深入的話題。
Pay Attention to Your Life
When I drive alone, I just drive. I don’t pay attention to the trees, the birds, people walking on the sidewalks; I just drive, but when my son is in the car that is another story.
Every time I take him to school I hear the excited cry, “Look” during our thirty minute ride. No, we don’t take a different road. We travel the same way every day. Still, my son finds something new to become excited about every time.
He knows I can’t stop when he asks me to, but when I do turn around at a red light or stop sign his eyes become incredibly bright. He really sees the world—the way the sun shines through the trees, the way the birds fly in the sky, the way fire trucks drive, orange cars, the way people walk their dogs.
What does this mean? It means I have to pay attention because he wants me to see all these things, too. I can’t see them as familiar things; I must see them as things that are special at that moment. In other words, I must see the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary.
We have a saying in English, “You never step in the same river twice” because it is constantly flowing and changing. These car rides remind me that life is also always changing. Every day is new. Sometimes, while rushing around, too busy even to stop for gas, we fail to notice. Sometimes, we act as if we are living the same day over and over again.
When we start to see things as ordinary, we stop experiencing the people on the street, the birds in the sky, the trees and the flowers. We stop listening because we think we already know, and we stop looking because we think we have seen it before. We don’t live in the present because we believe the moment before or after this one was or is more important.
職場的同學因為工作要求對於商用寫作有迫切性，基本上還未上課前多會先對於自己商用英語技巧作檢測，這方面我的建議是：聽力要多聽，坊間有很多的雜誌譬如biz 、studio classroom或ICRT都是比較推薦的教材。因為聽力與閱讀加強的過程中會有大量的單字累積，這對於寫作有一定幫助，讀得好就寫得好。基本上，口語說與聽力有關聯性，但有時候口語與書面語有很大的差別，你在書信的時候不可以把口語東西放進來；譬如What’s up與How’s everything，在使用上就有口語與書面語的比較及差別。