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英语专业四级写作2:是否应该实行两天半周末

2022-05-03

Read carefully the following excerpt on 2.5-day weekend in China, and then write your response in NO LESS THAN 200 words, in which you should:

 

summarize the main message of the excerpt, and then

comment on whether 2.5-day weekend policy should be adopted in China.

 

You should support yourself with information from the excerpt.

 

Marks will be awarded for content relevance, content sufficiency, organization and language quality. Failure to follow the above instructions may result in a loss of marks.

 

China to Implement 2.5-Day Weekends This Summer

 

 

The State Administration of Tourism is mulling over a new plan to create two-and-a-half day weekends across the country sometime by the summer. The idea is to give employees more family time and also stimulate tourism. A number of provinces and municipalities across China, including Hebei, Jiangxi and Chongqing, have issued new policies, calling on companies to create 2.5-day weekends.

 

 

Since being announced in November, the idea has begun gaining traction."It's a good thing for us, because we can obviously take more time to relax.""I think it's a good idea. There are so many people commuting on Fridays. The traffic is usually very crowded."

 

 

Liu Simin, Deputy Secretary General of the Beijing Tourism Society, says having 2.5-day weekends can help satisfy people's desire for more short trips. However, he notes the new policy is limited in scope."Three key points contained in this plan suggest it's only a benefit for a certain group of people. Firstly, it's not a rule, but rather a suggestion. Secondly, the plan is conditional.Lastly, it's only applied to the summer months, rather than to all year. Because of these stipulations, the coverage of the 2.5-day weekends is going to be very limited."Under the provisions, a 40-hour working week is still required, meaning employees who get 2.5-day weekends are going to have to make up the hours somewhere else during their week.

 

 

写作思路

 

本题给出的材料是针对是否应当推行两天半周末进行讨论,呈现了两种不同的观点。根据题目要求,先总结双方的观点,再给出自己的看法。文章可按下列结构来安排:

 

第一段:先整合概括正反双方的观点,然后表明自己的论点——在中国,不应采取两天半周末。

 

第二段:陈述自己的理由。首先,两天半周末并不能真正带来更多休息时间;第二,两天半周末实际上会造成半天工作时间的浪费。

 

第三段:总结全文——在中国,两天半周末不可行。

 

精品范文

 

No Need to Implement 2.5-Day Weekends

 

2.5-day weekends in summer has aroused a debate among the public as it concerns people's family time and vacation plans. Many people believe that longer weekend will bring us more time to relax and boost tourism industry. However, this plan is only applied in summer and is not compulsory for all companies, so it has limited stimulation for tourism. From my perspective, 2.5-day weekends should not be adopted in China.

 

 

Firstly, even though the plan is partially designed to encourage "leisure time," people are not necessarily given more time to spend with their families, because they need to make up the hours somewhere else during their week.So the plan does not make any sense if workers need to wake up earlier and stay up late during the other four days. Secondly, it is not worthwhile wasting a half day on Friday. If employees are allowed to take off at noon on Friday, it means most workers will be in a state of weekend in the morning on Friday, which may cause low efficiency in work. Meanwhile, companies will lose half-day productivity which is a great loss for small and medium enterprises. So we can predict that most private enterprises will not implement this non-compulsory policy.

 

 

All in all, 2.5-day weekends are neither necessary nor viable in China. So our weekend should be two days again this summer, same as they were ever.

 

 

夏天要实行两天半周末引起了公众的讨论,因为它涉及大家的家庭时间和假期计划的安排。许多人认为,较长的周末将带给我们更多的时间,促进旅游业发展。但是,这项计划只是适用于夏季,而且并非对所有公司都是强制性的,因此对旅游业的刺激作用有限。在我看来,两天半的周末不应该在中国采用。

 

 

首先,尽管设计这个计划的部分原因是为了鼓励“休闲时间”,但人们不一定能花更多的时间和家人在一起,因为他们需要在一周的其它时间来补足这几个小时。因此,如果人们要在其它四天里更早起,工作到更晚,这个计划没有任何意义。第二,浪费了星期五的半天时间并不值得。如果允许雇员在星期五中午离开,这意味着大多数员工将在星期五上午处在一个周末的状态,这可能会导致工作效率低下。同时,公司将失去半天的生产力,这对中小企业来说是一个巨大的损失。因此,我们可以预测,大多数民营企业不会实施这种非强制性政策。

 

 

总之,两天半的周末在中国是不必要也不可行。所以我们的周末在今夏,应该继续实行2天的假期。

 

 

亮点词汇

 

boost     v. 推动

make sense 有意义

in a state of 处于……状态下

implement     vt. 实施

make up 补足

take off 离开

productivity  n.生产力

viable     a. 可行的

 

万能句型/精彩语句

 

1. So the plan does not make any sense if workers need to wake up earlier and stay up late during the other four days.(指出该计划的弊端)

因此,如果人们要在其它四天里更早起,工作到更晚,这个计划没有任何意义。

 

2. If employees are allowed to take off at noon on Friday, it means most workers will be in a state of weekend in the morning on Friday, which may cause low efficiency in work.(该计划对企业会造成损失)

如果允许雇员在星期五中午离开,这意味着大多数员工将在星期五上午处在一个周末的状态,这可能会导致工作效率低下。

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