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The sorrow of letting go
寫下你的捨不得

The Chinese composition test of this year’s Comprehensive Assessment Program is pictured on May 16 in Taipei.
今年國中教育會考的寫作測驗。攝於五月十六日,台北

Photo: Lin Hsiao-yun, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者林曉雲

The last session on day one of the Comprehensive Assessment Program for junior high school students was the composition test and the subject was the phrase “she bu de.” Lin Meng-chun , principal of Miaoli County’s Wumei Junior High School, explains that this year’s topic can be treated on two levels: one is the reluctance to let go when it is time to say goodbye, and the other is the indecision or dilemma one feels over an issue. Students had to draw on a matter or event, recount the situation that gave rise to the emotion, and describe the feelings that surfaced as it happened and how they have grown or learned from it. This was not a difficult subject to score on, says Lin.

Lin says that this is a rather familiar subject for the students, who would very likely cheer, “Fantastic! This one is a no-brainer!” However, to write a sensational article will require a more in-depth description of of what happened.

Wu Yun-yu, a Chinese teacher at Taoyuan County’s Tzuyuan Junior High School, says that many test takers are adept at writing about getting graduated, but to get a high score, they have to write from the heart. For example, when writing about giving up a contest that you have prepared for for a very long time, you can describe the dilemma and psychological struggle that you went through, and how every time you let go of some psychological attachment, you grow from that experience. The essay will then have a higher meaning and more depth. A writer who knows how to expand into the past and extend into the future can easily score six points, says Wu.

(Liberty Times, translated by Ethan Zhan)

國中教育會考首日最後一節考寫作測驗,題目是「捨不得」。苗栗縣烏眉國中校長林孟君表示,今年寫作測驗可分成兩個層次,一個是對告別離別的依依不捨,另一個則是對某個特殊事件的猶豫難決,學生必須從一件事物上,寫出自己曾有捨不得的情境,並寫下當中的心情,及從中得到的成長體悟,不難拿分。

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. indecision n.

猶豫 (you2 yu4)

例: After months of indecision, he decided to start a new life in Taiwan.

(歷經數個月的猶豫後,他決定在台灣展開新生活。)

2. adept adj.

會,擅長 (hui4, shan4 chang2)

例: My roommate is adept at cooking, and I am adept at eating.

(我室友很擅長煮,我很擅長吃。)

3. extend v.

延伸,拓展 (yan2 shen1, tuo4 zhan3)

例: We are planning to expand our business into Switzerland.

(我們計劃將事業拓展至瑞士。)


林孟君表示,捨不得是學生熟悉的題目,考生看到題目會覺得「太好了,真好寫。」但要寫得精彩,對中間的歷程要多所著墨。

桃園縣慈文國中國文老師吳韻宇表示,很多考生會寫畢業,但要拿高分,要從心靈事件,例如放棄準備很久的比賽,心裡的矛盾和掙扎,每次放下都是自己成長的開端,如此文章的立意層次就更高,要前後延伸才容易拿到六級分。

(自由時報記者林曉雲)

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