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大学英语精读第六册第1课

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《大学英语精读》:融合传统与现代教学理念:强调打好扎实语言基本功,突出综合应用能力的提高;发挥综合优势,完善原有体系:大幅度、全方位修订《精读》、《泛读》、《听力》、预备级《泛读》、预备级《听力》,重编《快读阅读》、预备级《精读》,删繁就简《语法与练习》;调整起点,充实优化素材:1800词起点(预备级1300词);选材全面完备,经典性与现代性、文学性与科普性完美匹配;革新练习,五种技能并重:阅读材料丰富多彩,听力训练形式多样,词汇练习注重复现,语法操练循序渐进,翻译训练实用全面,口语活动精彩纷呈,写作训练由浅入深,四、六级口、笔试中学生常犯的语言错误讲解分析精辟实用。 Unit OneText Writing research reports for college or work is often found far more d
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《大学英语精读》:融合传统与现代教学理念:强调打好扎实语言基本功,突出综合应用能力的提高;发挥综合优势,完善原有体系:大幅度、全方位修订《精读》、《泛读》、《听力》、预备级《泛读》、预备级《听力》,重编《快读阅读》、预备级《精读》,删繁就简《语法与练习》;调整起点,充实优化素材:1800词起点(预备级1300词);选材全面完备,经典性与现代性、文学性与科普性完美匹配;革新练习,五种技能并重:阅读材料丰富多彩,听力训练形式多样,词汇练习注重复现,语法操练循序渐进,翻译训练实用全面,口语活动精彩纷呈,写作训练由浅入深,四、六级口、笔试中学生常犯的语言错误讲解分析精辟实用。

        Unit One

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    Writing research reports for college or work is often found far more difficult than it need so be. The following article offers some excellent advice on how to make the task easier and the report more impressive and effective. Whether you write a research report for a college professor or for a demanding boss in your profession, the author's advice will put you well on your way to becoming a skillful report writer.

   RESEARCH REPORTS FOR BUSINESS AND-           THECNICAL WRITING
 
                           Wayne Losano
    A surprising amount of one's time as a student and professional is spent reporting the results of one's research projects for presentation to teachers, managers, and clients. Indeed, without basic research skills and the ability to present research results clearly and completely, an individual will encounter many obstacles in school and on the job. The need for some research-writing ability is felt nearly equally by college students in all fields, engineering and science as well as business and the humanities. Graduate study often makes great demands on the student's research-writing skills, and most professions continue the demand; education, advertising and marketing, economics and accounting, science and engineering, psychology, anthropology, the arts, and agriculture may all require regular reporting of research data.
   
ELEMENTS OF THE RESEARCH PAPER
    The standard research report, regardless of the field or the intended reader, contains four major sections. These sections may be broken down into a variety of subsections, and they may be arranged in a variety of ways, but they regularly make up the core of the report.

    Problem Section. The first required section of a research report is the statement of the problem with which the research project is concerned. This section requires a precise statement of the underlying question which the researcher has set out to answer. In this same section there should be an explanation of the significance -- social, economic, medical, psychological, educational, etc. -- of the question; in other words, why the investigation was worth conducting. Thus, if we set out, for example, to answer the question "What is the effect of regular consumption of fast foods on the health of the American teenager?" we must explain that the question is thought to have significant relevance to the health of this segment of the population and might lead to some sort of regulations on such foods.

    A frequent subsection of this problem section is a review of past research on the topic being investigated. This would consist of summaries of the contributions of previous researcher to the question under consideration with some assessment of the value of these contributions. This subsection has rhetorical usefulness in that it enhances the credibility of the researcher by indicating that the data presented is based on a thorough knowledge of what has been done in the field and, possibly, grows out of some investigative tradition.

    Procedures Section. The second major section of the research report details, with as much data as possible, exactly how the study was carried out. This section includes description of any necessary equipment, how the subjects were selected if subjects were used, what statistical technique was used to evaluate the significance of the findings, how many observations were made and when, etc. An investigation of the relative effectiveness of various swim-strokes would have to detail the number of swimmers tested, the nature of the tests conducted, the experience of the swimmers, the weather conditions at the time of the test, and any other factors that contributed to the overall experiment. The goal of the procedures section is to allow the reader to duplicate the experiment if such were desired to confirm, or refute, your findings.

    Results Section. The third, and perhaps most important, section of the research report is the presentation of the results obtained from the investigation. The basic rule in this section is to give all data relevant to the research question initially asked. Although, of course, one's natural tendency might be to suppress any findings which do not in some way support one's hypothesis, such dishonesty is antithetical to good research reporting in any field. If the experiments undertaken fail to prove anything, if the data was inadequate or contrary to expectations, the report should be honestly written and as complete as possible, just as it would be if the hypothesis were totally proven by the research.

    Discussion Section. The final required section of a research report is a discussion of the results obtained and a statement of any conclusions which may be drawn from those results. Of primary interest in business and technical research reports is the validity of the results as the bases for company decisions: Will our planned construction project meet federal environmental guidelines and be approved for building? Will this new program attract skilled personnel to our company? Will this new oil recovery technique be financially feasible? Thus, the discussion section of the research report must evaluate the research results fully: were they validly obtained, are they complete or limited, are they applicable over a wide range of circumstances? The discussion section should also point out what question remain unanswered and perhaps suggest directions for further research.

STYLE OF RESEARCH REPORTS

    Research reports are considered formal professional communication. As such, there is little emphasis on a lively style, although, of course, there is no objection to writing that is pleasing and interesting. The primary goals of professional communication are accuracy, clarity, and completeness. The rough draft of any research report should be edited to ensure that all data is correctly presented, that all equipment is listed, that all results are properly detailed. As an aid to the reader, headings indicating at least the major section of the report should be used, and all data should be presented under the proper headings. In addition to their function of suggesting to the reader the contents of each section, headings enhance the formal appearance and professional quality of the report, increase to some degree the writer's credibility by reflecting a logical and methodical approach to the reporting process, and eliminate the need for wordy transitional devices between sections.

    Research data should be presented in a way that places proper emphasis on major aspect of the project. For different readers different aspects will take on different degrees of importance, and some consideration should be given to structuring research reports differently for different audiences. Management, for example, will be most concerned with the results of a research project, and thus the results section should be emphasized, probably by presenting it immediately after the problem section and before the procedures section. Other researchers would be most interested in the procedures section, and this should be highlighted in writing up research projects for publication in professional journals or for presentation at professional conferences. For non-technical readers and federal agencies, the implications of the results might be the most important consideration, and emphasis should be placed on the discussion of the report for this readership.
    For additional clarity and emphasis, major results should be presented in a visual format -- tables, charts, graphs, diagrams -- as well as in a verbal one.

    Beyond checking the report for clarity and accuracy in the presentation of technical data, the author of a research report should review for basic grammatical and mechanical accuracy. Short sentences are preferable to long in the presentation of complex information. Listings should be used to break up long passages of prose and to emphasize information. The research writer should try to use the simplest possible language without sacrificing the professional quality of the report. Although specialized terms can be used, pretentious jargon should be avoided. A finished research report should be readable and useful document prepared with the reader in mind.

CONCLUSION

    Although we struggle with research reports in high school, dread them in college, and are often burdened by them in our professional live, learning to live comfortably with them is a relatively easy task. A positive attitude (i.e. one that seem the oral or written presentation of research results as of equal importance to the data-gathering process); an orderly approach which includes prewriting (i.e., before any actual research is done, the researcher should try to get down on paper as much about the subject under investigation as possible) and a formal research report structure as the framework for the investigation; and a reasonable approach to the actual writing process including editing for accuracy and clarity, will help one to produce effective research reports efficiently.

             NEW WORDS

    presentation

n.  the act of presenting; a talk, usu. to a group of people 提出,呈递;介绍,报告

    client
n.  a person who gets help or advice from a professional, e.g. a lawyer, an accountant, an architect, etc.; a person who buys goods or services 委托人,当事人,顾客

    obstacle
n.  sth. which prevents action, movement or success

    marketing
n.  the branch of business concerned with advertising, publicity, etc. 营销

    economics
n.  the science that deals with money, goods and services and how they are related to each other 经济学

    accounting
n.  the art, practice or system of keeping, analyzing and interpreting business accounts 会计学

    anthropology
n.  the scientific study of man, including his physical characteristics, the origin and development of races, and the cultures, customs and beliefs of mankind 人类学

    data
n.  facts; information

    element
n.  a basic part of which sth. is made up

    intend
vt. have in mind as a goal; plan

    precise
a.  clearly expressed; exact; accurate

    significance
n.  importance; meaning

    economic
a. connected with trade, industry and the management of money; of economics

    consumption
n.  the act of consuming or an amount consumed 消费(量)

    teenager
n.  a young person of between 13 and 19 year old

    relevance
n.  importance or significance to the matter at hand

    relevant
a.

    segment
n.  a part into which a whole is or can be divided; section

    regulation
n.  a law or a set of rules by which sth. is regulated

    investigate
v.  examine carefully in a search for facts, knowledge, or information

    investigative
a.

    summary
n.  a short statement of the main points of a report, etc.

    consideration
n.  careful thought

    assessment
n.  the act of calculating or deciding the value or amount; the value or amount at which sth. is calculated

    rhetorical
a.  in using a style designed to impress or persuade 修辞(学)的

    enhance
vt. make greater; improve 增加,提高

    thorough
a.  complete in all respects

    tradition
n.  ideas, customs, beliefs that have been passed down from generation to generation

    description
n.  the act of describing sth.; an account in words describing sth.

    subject
n.  a person or thing that is an object of study or experiment 实验对象,试验品

    evaluate
vt. judge the value of

    stroke
n.  a single complete movement that is repeated often, as in swimming

    factor
n.  sth. that helps bring about a result 因素

    overall
a.  including everything; containing all

    duplicate
vt. make an exact copy of

    tendency
n.  an inclination to think or behave in a certain way

    hypothesis
n.  idea or suggestion put forward as a staring point for reasoning or explanation 假设

    antithetical
a.  opposite to and unable to exist together with 对立(面)的

    expectation
n.  the act of expecting sth. or sth. that is expected

    validity
n.  truth or soundness; state of legally acceptable 正确(性);合法(性),有效

    valid
a.

    construction
n.  the act of constructing sth. or sth. that is constructed

    federal
a.  of the central government of the USA(美国)联邦政府的

    guideline
n.  (pl.) informal rules or instruction on how sth. should be done

    approve
v.  have a favorable opinion (of); give permission or consent (to)

    skilled
a.  having skill; requiring training and skill

    personnel
n.  all the people who work for a company or organization

    applicable
a.  that can be applied (to)

    formal
a.  (of words or style of writing or speaking) suitable for official occasions, serious writing, etc.

    emphasis
n.  special importance given to sth. 强调

    objection
n.  disapproval or opposition; a reason for being against sth.

    pleasing
a.  likable; giving delight or enjoyment

    accuracy
n.  the condition of being correct and exact.

    clarity
n.  clearness

    draft
n.  a rough sketch, plan or outline 草稿,草图, 草案

    edit
vt. prepare for publication by checking, correcting and revising 编辑

    ensure
vt. make sure or certain; guarantee

    aid
n.  help; assistance

    heading
n.  a title at the top of a page, chapter, or letter

    methodical
a.  arranged or done according to a clear plan or method; orderly and systematic

    eliminate
vt. get rid of; remove

    wordy
a.  using too many words

    transitional
a.  of change from one condition, activity or topic to another

    transition  n.

    publication
n.  (the printing and selling of) books, newspapers and magazines

    agency
n.  (esp. AmE) department of a government or an international body

    readership
n.  the particular number or type of people who read a book, newspaper or magazine

    visual
a.  of, relating to, or used in seeing

    format
n.  the way or order in which sth. is arranged or presented

    graph
n.  a mathematical diagram which shows the relationship between two or more sets of numbers or measurement (曲线)图

    diagram
n.  a simple drawing consisting mainly of lines used, for example, to explain how a machine works 简图,图表

    mechanical
a.  concerned with small technical detail 技巧上的,细节上的

    preferable
a.  more desirable or suitable

    listing
n.  an act or instance of making a list

    prose
n.  ordinary written language, in contrast to poetry

    sacrifice
vt. give up, usu. for obtaining sth. for oneself or for others

    specialized
a.  suitable or developed for one particular use

    specialize
v.  adapt for a particular purpose

    pretentious
a.  claming (in an unpleasant way) to have importance, artistic value or social rank that one does not really possess 矫饰的,做作的

    jargon
n.  technical words expert use to discuss their subjects 行话

    readable
a.  easy and enjoyable to read

    orderly
a.  arranged in good order, in a well organized and controlled way

    framework
n.  a structure that shapes or supports sth. 框架

              Phrase & Expressions
  on the job
  while working; at work

  break down into
  separate into different kinds; divide into types

  a variety (of)
  a number or collection of different sorts of the same general type

  make up
  form as a whole; constitute

  under consideration
  being discussed; begin given thoughtful attention

  as such
  as being what is indicated or suggested; in itself or in themselves
 
  take on
  begin to have; assume

  write up
  rewrite in a fuller, better organized way; give a full written account of

  get down
  write, record (usu. quickly or with difficulty)

            Proper Names
  Wayne Losano
  韦恩.洛桑诺

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