PTE听力口语练习素材:科学60秒-Baby-Talking Adults

PTE考生目前最大的问题之一就是练习题缺乏。除了有限的基本官方书(PLUS,Testbuilder, OG)之外就没有题了。很多英语基础不是很扎实的同学很难找到练习材料。墨尔本文波雅思PTE培训学校专门为墨尔本,悉尼PTE考生准备了适合PTE听力阅读练习的科学60秒。各位PTE同学可以练习PTE听力中的summarise spoken text和PTE口语中的retell lecture,练习记笔记技巧和复述。废话少说,下面开始:

60秒科学:Baby-Talking Adults Boost Infant Word Production


60秒科学节目(SSS)是科学美国人网站的一套广播栏目,英文名称:Scientific American – 60 Second Science,节目内容以科学报道为主,节目仅一分钟的时间,主要对当今的科学技术新发展作以简明、通俗的介绍,对于科学的发展如何影响人们的生活环境、健康状况及科学技术,提供了大量简明易懂的阐释。

[Baby talking]

It’s hard to resist. One look at those chubby cheeks, and the next you’re cooing: [man using baby voice] “Who’s a cute little baby?”

Now research finds that by using this style of speech to talk to babies, you may be helping their early language development. Adults using so-called baby talk provide particularly good phonetic examples—producing sounds that are clearer, longer and more distinct from each other.

Researchers used small digital recorders hidden in the vests of 11- and 14-month old babies to record the infants’ auditory environment. Thirty-second snippets were then analyzed to identify whether the parents used baby talk or regular speech, and whether speech occurred in one-on-one or group settings.

The more parents engaged in one-on-one baby talk, the more the baby babbled—which is a precursor to word production—and the more words they produced at age two. The study will appear in the journal Developmental Science. [Ramírez-Esparza, N.,García-Sierra A., & Kuhl, K. P. (under review), Look who is talking: Social variables linked to infants’ speech development.]

So parents, looks like if you chat regularly with your child, you’ll soon be saying, “look who’s talking.”

—Allie Wilkinson


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