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Of course [1] a good teacher should know their subject and, within limits, they should know their students. [2] But, also there is another necessary qualification. Good teachers are men and women of exceptionally wide and lively intellectual interests. It is useless to think of teaching as a business, like banking or insurance: to learn the necessary [3] quota of rules and facts, to apply them day by day as the bank manager applies them, [4] going home in the evening and sinking into a routine of reality TV and Spotify, to take pride in being an average citizen, indistinguishable from the dentist and the superintendent of the gas-works—and then hope to stimulate young and active minds. Teachers in schools and colleges must [5] see, think, and understand more better that the average man and woman of today’s society.

(#1) This doesn’t mean that they must have a better command of language and know special [6] subjects, such as Spanish literature is one of them and marine biology would be another. (#2) It means that they must become intimately acquainted with the world and the human condition. (#3) Much of their careers should be spent widening the horizons of their spirit. (#4) And they should also have an enthusiasm for delving into the problems of the mind. (#5) And yes, this too—they must even have a keen taste for some of the superficial enjoyments of life—from baseball to blogging. (#6) They must partake of the inexhaustible pleasures the sciences, the humanities, and history. [7]

[8] Most people stop growing between thirty and forty. They “settle down”—a phrase which implies stagnation—or at the utmost they “coast along,” using their acquired momentum, applying no more energy, and gradually slowing down to a stop. No teachers should dream of doing this. Their job is understanding a large and important area of the world’s activity and achievements and making it viable for the young. [9] Many teachers are apt to prepare work for the next day or for next week, having lost sight of the fact that they should plan their classes for a marking period, a semester, or even a whole year at a time. They should expect to understand more and more of it as the years go by.

Good teachers are interesting men and women. As such, they will make the work interesting for their students, in just the same way as they talk and write interestingly. Most teaching is done by talking. If a teacher’s mind is full of lively awareness of the world, he’ll never be at a loss for new points of view on matters related to the subject he teaches. Novel illustrations will constantly be suggested to such teachers and they will discard outworn types of argument and find fresh ones. Allusions and reminiscences will brighten their talk and keep their audience [10] from freaking out over the awful feeling that it knows ahead of time exactly what their teacher is going to say next. Teachers often explain the vague by the vivid, the unknown by the known, but even the known—sometimes called common knowledge—may challenge the intellect of some students and create a gap between the teachers and the taught. Indifferent students, therefore, sometimes allege that teachers are insensitive to them, [11] which is difficult to substantiate.

1.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. to be a good teacher, their subject should be known to them
  • C. their subject should be known by a good teacher
  • D. good teachers should know their subject

2.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. But they need other qualifications, too
  • C. On the other hand, another qualification is necessary
  • D. But another qualification is needed

3.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. amount
  • C. allotment
  • D. slew

4.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. and in the evening going home to sink into a routine of reality
  • C. to go home in the evening and sink into a routine of reality
  • D. then go home for the evening routine sunk into reality

5.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. see more, think more, and understand more than the average
  • C. see more, think more, understand as well or better than the average
  • D. see, think, and understand more compared to the average

6.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. subjects. Spanish literature, for example. Marine biology being another.
  • C. subjects, such as Spanish literature and marine biology
  • D. subjects, and both Spanish literature and marine biology are respected fields of study.

7. For the sake of the paragraph’ s coherence, sentence #5 should be situated

  • A. where it is now.
  • B. after sentence #1.
  • C. after sentence # 3.
  • D. after sentence # 6.

8.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. Besides, most people
  • C. Meanwhile, most people
  • D. Furthermore, most people

9. In order to develop the paragraph effectively, what should be done with the underlined sentence?

  • A. Leave it as it is.
  • B. Break it into two or more short sentences.
  • C. Move it to the beginning of the paragraph.
  • D. Delete it.

10.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. from freaking out over the awful feeling that they know exactly what their teacher is going to say next
  • C. from the awful feeling that it knows exactly what the teacher will say next
  • D. from suffering the awful feeling that they know exactly what their teacher is about to say

11.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. which is difficult to prove
  • C. but they deny it
  • D. but the allegation is usually false