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Kids watch TV more than reading books on weekends
中小學生假日愛看電視 甚於閱讀

Students read books at a library in Hsinchu County on March 5.
學生三月五日在新竹市一間圖書館閱讀書籍。

Photo: Hung Mei-hsiu, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者洪美秀

When elementary and junior high school children are not in school on the weekends, what are they doing? The results of a recent survey by the Hsinchu County Government show that fourth graders are (in order of most frequent to least frequent), exercising, watching TV, doing house chores, doing homework, and reading extracurricular books, while eighth graders are watching TV, surfing the Internet, playing outside, doing homework, and reading extracurricular books.

Education officials said this survey shows that, for both fourth and eighth graders, doing homework and reading extracurricular books are less important than watching TV, adding that schools and teachers should be aware of this and that parents should pay attention to how much time their children are spending in front of the television. They also called on parents to set aside time to read together with their children.

To gain a better understanding of students’ reading habits in Hsinchu, the county government invited the National Hsinchu University of Education to conduct a broad survey, targeting fourth graders at 28 elementary schools and eighth graders at 15 junior high schools in the county. In the sampling process, they obtained questionnaires from 20 percent of the student population for all fourth and eighth graders at the schools, which included 892 fourth graders and 908 eighth graders, split evenly between boys and girls.

(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY KYLE JEFFCOAT)

新竹市國小、國中學生週休假日在家都做些什麼事呢﹖新竹市府剛出爐的調查顯示,小四假日最常做的前五件事依序是出去運動、看電視、幫忙做家事、複習功課、讀課外書籍,國二則依序是看電視、上網、出去運動、複習功課、讀課外書籍。

教育官員說,這項學生調查結果顯示,不管是小四學生或國二學生,複習功課、讀課外書籍,都遠落後在看電視之後,值得學校、老師參考,家長更要注意節制小朋友觀看電視的時間,教育官員也呼籲家長要多多安排時間,陪同小孩一起閱讀。

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. exercise v.

運動 (yun4 dong4)

例: I usually exercise first thing in the morning before eating breakfast.

(我通常一大早先運動再吃早餐。)

2. extracurricular adj.

課外的 (ke4 wai4 de5)

例: The school encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities, such as playing sports, playing in an ensemble, or working for the school newspaper.

(學校鼓勵學生參與課外活動,如打球、參加樂團或編校刊。)

3. questionnaire n.

問卷 (wen4 juan4)

例: The questionnaire is aimed at 10-to-15-year-olds with divorced parents.

(本問卷是針對十歲至十五歲父母離異的人。)


為了解新竹市學生閱讀習慣,市政府委請新竹教育大學辦理學生閱讀習慣大調查,針對新竹市的二十八所國小四年級學生、十五所國中二年級學生進行閱讀習慣抽樣調查,各抽取該年級百分之二十的學生填答問卷,共調查國小四年級學生八百九十二名,國中二年級學生九百零八名,男女生比例各半。

(自由時報記者陳維仁、洪美秀)

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