The children were about to set out when Esquith got a note. He had a look at it and crumpled （揉） it up at once. He had worked for two months to get the kids ready for the trip. Their parents were supportive， and many of them were coming to the movies with their children. He couldnt believe the head of a school would make such a foolish decision.
Esquith stormed into the office， gave the crumpled note to the headmasters secretary， and asked her to tell the headmaster that he would stick to his opinion. Because of his behavior， he was told that afternoon that he had been suspended （停職） by the school board until the moral committee （道德委員會） could decide if he had the quality to be a good teacher.
He went home sadly and had the thought of never teaching again. He had spent much of his life planning to be a good teacher and now he had to consider the possibility that he might have to make a hard decision， like going to a law school.
Actually， this response is natural for many young teachers. In truth， for many of the new hands， the first goal is just to remain. They hope their lessons go smoothly and the clock runs quickly. For them， there is no more wonderful sound than the bells ringing at the end of the day. But they are more likely to move back when they have difficulties.
But Rafe Esquith was lucky. Before long， the committee put an end to the labor trouble. They made a judgment that a person who was devoted to children was no doubt fit for the post. So he returned to class happily and continued his career.
1. How did Esquith feel after reading the note？
A. Confident. B. Scared.
C. Angry. D. Excited.
2. What made Esquith think of changing his profession？
A. He wasnt willing to follow the rules.
B. He wasnt supported by parents.
C. He was too tired of teaching.
D. He was greatly disappointed.
3. What does the writer think of Esquiths idea of giving up teaching？
A. Surprising. B. Normal.
C. Unwise. D. Strange.
4. What can we learn from the committees judgment？
A. The headmaster lost his job.
B. Esquith was a teacher of good quality.
C. Esquith couldnt accept the judgment.
D. The committee didnt recognize Esquiths ability.
Does this situation seem familiar to you？ Your English is progressing well， the grammar is now familiar， the reading comprehension is no problem， you are communicating quite fluently.
First of all， remember that you are not alone. Listening comprehension is probably the most difficult task for almost all learners of English as a foreign language. So， the most important thing is to listen as often as possible.
The Internet is really a useful tool for English students. You can download The RealPlayer from RealMedia.com， which allows you to use the Internet like a radio station.
Once you have begun to listen on a regular basis， you might still be frustrated by limited understanding.
Here is some of the advice I give my students.
Accept the fact that you are not going to understand everything.
Keep cool when you do not understand—even if you continue not to understand for a long time.
Dont concentrate on details until you have understood the main idea.
This approach usually results in confusion. Translating leads to a kind of block in ones brain which sometimes doesnt allow us to understand anything at all！
By remaining calm， allowing yourself not to understand， and not to translate while listening， your brain is free to concentrate on the most important thing： understanding English in English.
A. What should you do？
B. But listening is still a problem.
C. The next step is to find listening resources.
D. Listen for the general idea of the conversation.
E. Secondly， most people repeat themselves constantly.
F. Do not translate everything into your native language.
G. This situation leads to less—not more—understanding.
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