素材3：图书馆的优点 The benefits of going to the library/reading
题目类型：What are the advantages and disadvantages of …(recreational activities/selecting lectures/taking a part-time job/liberal art or science)?
曲哥点评：四级考试是入门级别考试，更偏重于基础描述、说明，关于优缺点类话题非常值得准备。比如：介绍下去图书馆（library）的好处；住校（dorm/dormitory）的优缺点；考试的优缺点，兼职的优缺点；专业文（liberal art）理（science）艺的好处；娱乐活动（recreational activities）的优缺点；如果六级要考此类话题，题目会更有难度：the benefits and drawbacks of modernization/globalization/urbanization.
Libraries are at the very heart of a university. The library contains numerous historical references and much useful information on various subjects. A student can spend many hours in doing research for their homework, reports and term papers. In the library, one can enrich his life, broaden his mind, and expand his range of knowledge. Also, a student can widen his circle of friends in the library. One can find friends with the common interest. Besides, nowadays, college life tends to be very stressful. Going to the library can relax our minds and release our pressure.
Reading is of utmost importance for one’s life. Firstly, a good book is our faithful friend. Reading can increase our contentment when we are cheerful and happy, and can lessen our pain when we are sad or lonely. Secondly, reading can help people to relax and unwind. Few of us can travel far from home, but all of us can savor a wide range of experiences through reading. Besides, reading can also increase our knowledge and skills, broaden our horizons and make us wise.
enrich one’s life 丰富生活
broaden one’s mind 扩展思维
expand one’s range of knowledge 扩展知识面
release one’s pressure 释放压力
relax one’s mind 放松心情
widen one’s circle of friends 拓展朋友圈
increase one’s contentment 增加满足感
lessen one’s pain 减缓疼痛
help people to relax and unwind 帮助人放松
savor a wide range of experiences 品尝一系列经历
以上的one’s 可以改成his, our, my等。
素材4：推荐书籍/电影/歌曲recommend your favorite book/movie/song to your friend
曲哥点评：我们把四级的描述类题型分成人（people）物（object）地（place）事（event），除了我们的素材给你的朋友推荐一部电影、一本书或者一首歌，大家要防止描述人和事，比如让你写describe an important decision in your life/describe a memorable event in your life/describe an interesting experience in your life
Write a letter to a friend of yours to recommend one of your favorite books and give your reasons for your recommendation.
I haven’t seen you for a long time. How are you doing? I am writing this letter for the purpose of recommending one of my favorite book series to you, Harry Potter.
This book series consist of seven books. They tell a story of adventure about Harry potter and his friends fighting against the Dark Lord. The meaning of the book series, as far as I am concerned, is to tell us that love is powerful. Harry Potter is invincible because his mother Lily tried to save him by sacrificing her own life. In addition, the books are really exciting and cliff-hanging. The plots are well-designed, capturing my attention all along. I still remember how I read the last book of this series. I stayed in my house the whole day without eating anything. The story of Harry Potter is magical but logical.
I hope you can enjoy the books. I am looking forward to your reply.
1. The books are really exciting and cliff-hanging.
2. The plots are well-designed, capturing my attention all along.
3. The meaning of the book series, as far as I am concerned, is to tell us that love is powerful.
There exist some misunderstandings between parents and their children. The young are more educated and more influenced by western civilization. They believe in spending money rather than saving it. They are not so dependent on their parents. They are more self-centered and do not blindly follow their parents’ ideas. They tend to have their own philosophy of life. However, everyone still has the duty to take care of our parents, especially when they are old and sick. Also an increasing aging population will have enormous consequences for any society.
1. The young are more educated and more influenced by western civilization.
2. They believe in spending money rather than saving it.
3. They are not so dependent on their parents. They are more self-centered and do not blindly follow their parents’ ideas.
The past several years have witnessed a burgeoning economy in China. However, it is increasingly difficult for college undergraduates to find a decent job. （第一段讲述找工作难的现象）
There are several factors contributing to this social phenomenon. To begin with, as the job market is getting gloomy（劳动市场低迷） and competition is becoming fierce（竞争激烈）, college students should be well equipped with（拥有）practical experience while still in college. Their summer and winter holidays should be used to gain valuable work experience. Moreover, the expectations of employment（工作预期）play an important part. A large number of graduates tend to give first priority to （优先考虑）earnings and aim for well-paid positions in foreign companies or big banks. Since they won’t accept any poorly-paid job, many opportunities have been lost. As a result, graduates should aim to accept any job offers they receive now. Last but not least, many employers do require job applicants to have a degree（学历）related to the job. College students could improve their career prospects by receiving further education, whether for a master or a doctoral degree（硕士或博士）. One has to have additional education to get an edge（获得优势）. Education is indeed a worthwhile investment in the future. （第二段现象解释：学生实践经验需要加强；工作预期高；学历仍需提高）
Following ways can be adopted to address the problem. Among many solutions, gaining work experience while still at university and having realistic expectations of salaries are extremely vital. Also, starting your own business will also be an option. Running a new business is a valuable learning experience and skill builder.（第三段问题解决：获取经验，合理预期，自主创业）