美国之音(以下称VOA)的英语节目,按播音速度可分为两种:Standard English (标准英语)和 Special English(特别英语)。

Special English 又叫“慢速英语”,是VOA 专为全世界非英语国家初学英语的听众安排的一种简易、规范的英语广播节目。该节目创始于50年代末期,是VOA 的专家们研究如何与世界各地的英语学习者进行交际的产物。它正式开播于1959年10月。当时只面向欧洲和中东,但由于这个节目适合许多国家英语学习者的需要,所以它的广播对象不久就扩大到世界其他地区,并很快在全世界范围内产生了广泛的影响。现在这个节目对欧洲、非洲和拉丁美洲每晚广播一次,对加勒比地区每晚广播一次(星期天除外),对东南亚广播次数最多,每天上午两次,晚上三次。

30多年来,VOA 为了办好Special English节目,进行了大量的调查研究工作,对播音速度、内容及用词范围都作了具体规定,基本上达到了既能为英语学习者提供信息,又不损害英语本身风格的目的,使之成为VOA 独具特色,拥有最大量听众的节目。

美国著名词汇学家S. B. Flexmer 指明了Special English的三条标准,也就是它所“特别”的地方:

1、它是一种由美国人最常用的1500个基本单词为主体构成的美国英语;

2、它用简短、明晰的句子写作和广播;

3、它以每分钟90个单词的速度,即2/3的Standard English(标准英语)速度进行广播。

Special English的节目可分为两大类:一类是新闻节目;一类是专题节目。

VOA慢速英语:大学教育人人平等?2017-03-19
Most parents want what is best for their children. And many people think of college as a guarantee of future success. It is hard to argue that college doesn’t help. But how helpful is a college degree to every student who wants one?
VOA慢速英语:如何使用美国之音学习英语口语和写作2017-03-15
Editors Note: This guide is useful for classroom learning as well as English language practice groups.
VOA慢速英语:在美国的国际学生面临类似挑战2017-03-12
The language barrier may be one of the biggest problems for non-native English speakers wishing to study at American colleges and universities. But is not the only one. Many students find difficulty both in and outside the classroom.
VOA慢速英语:肯尼亚学生赢得太阳能项目奖2017-03-08
A group of students from Kenya was among winners of the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize. The 10-member team is receiving a $100,000 award to make their school a green energy institution.
VOA慢速英语:千禧一代护卫大学生传统2017-03-05
In recent years, young people have become one of the largest voting groups in the United States. College is often when young people form their political opinions. And as was true in the past, the current generation of college students has become politically active in many different ways.
VOA慢速英语:东亚再次引领国际学生评估调查2017-03-01
Asian countries performed the strongest in all areas in the 2015 PISA study, which looks at reading, math, and science. Western countries placed near the middle.
VOA慢速英语:大学委员会推改革计划以防止作弊2017-02-28
The group responsible for a widely used college admissions test cancelled scores for a number of students who took the test in January.
VOA慢速英语:美国公立大学终身职位受质疑2017-02-26
Tenure has a long tradition at almost every major college and university in the United States. Tenure protects professors from losing their job for teaching subjects that school officials or donors consider unacceptable. But that has not stopped some U.S. lawmakers from calling tenure a waste.
VOA慢速英语:尴尬!哥伦比亚大学错发277张录取通知2017-02-25
Talk about a change in emotions. Imagine that you got an email saying you were accepted at your first-choice college, only to be told an hour later the acceptance was a mistake. That’s what recently happened to applicants at Columbia University’s school of public health.
VOA慢速英语:女学生在加州学校攻读计算机科学2017-02-22
Harvey Mudd College is a leader in breaking down barriers to women in computer science. Last year, more than half of its students who completed the program were women.
VOA慢速英语:美国大学低学费办学的可行性研究2017-02-19
Several countries offer free college education to their citizens. Total student debt in the United States is currently over $1 trillion. So, some American states are trying to follow the example of these other nations. But what exactly is the cost of free tuition?
VOA慢速英语:课后活动成通往大学成功之路2017-02-15
A nonprofit based in Washington, DC, takes an unusual approach to increasing high school graduation rates: focusing on children between the ages of nine and 14.
VOA慢速英语:评级表明学生偏爱男性教授2017-02-12
Colleges look for several qualities in judging the value of professors and making employment decisions. Administrators look to student opinions to measure a professor’s teaching ability. But several recent studies show that student do not fairly judge their professors.
VOA慢速英语:研究发现教师最容易在入行第五年离职2017-02-08
Teaching can be one of the most satisfying jobs in the United States. Yet many American teachers say they feel overworked, undervalued, and underpaid. This has led to what education experts call teacher burnout,’ a feeling of mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:中国公司因留学生资料造假退出美国教育项目2017-02-05
Hundreds of thousands of Chinese students attend colleges and universities in the United States. More and more come every year. One of the largest Chinese educational companies was part of a project aimed at fighting cheating from Chinese students. Reuters reports the company is now withdrawing from
VOA慢速英语:加州边境英语-西班牙语双语学校2017-02-01
The Chula Vista Elementary School district is Californias largest and among its most diverse. Sixty-eight percent of students are Hispanic and 35 percent are learning English. The school district celebrates bilingualism and the sharing of cultures.
VOA慢速英语:沙特阿拉伯使用大学奖学金影响印尼人2017-01-30
Observers say it is difficult to know the effect of the large Saudi effort to spread Salafism -- a strict form of Islam -- on the world’s most populous Muslim nation
VOA慢速英语:柬埔寨摄影师传递保护野生动物信息2017-01-25
Plants and animals around the world face threats from increasing industry every day. But some people and organizations are fighting to protect the natural resources around them. A Cambodian photographer hoping to share his love of birds is just one example.
VOA慢速英语:研究发现不仅互联网有假新闻出版物亦然2017-01-22
The top minds in any field can be found at colleges and universities around the world. These experts publish their research to share their knowledge, and also to support their academic careers. But some publishers are willing to accept any research, no matter how unscientific.
VOA慢速英语:加州实验学校没有作业2017-01-19
Khan Lab School is experimenting with a new model of educational. Many students and parents love the results so far.
VOA慢速英语:瑜伽走进美国课堂2017-01-18
Breathing exercises and other elements of yoga are being added to a number of U.S. schools. Some schools have even eliminated punishment.
VOA慢速英语:贫困学生进大学难度愈来愈大2017-01-15
For several years, educators have urged American colleges and universities to increase the number of low income students they accept. But how to do so is a much more complex issue than one might think. Still, some researchers and administrators fight to keep higher education available to everyone.
VOA慢速英语:新年伊始,设置合理的学习目标2017-01-11
A good way to start the new year is setting reasonable goals for learning English. Learn how goals help guide language learners and give them reasons to continue studying a language.
VOA慢速英语:赴欧新移民努力融入当地生活2017-01-08
Thousands of migrants from places like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan entered Europe in 2016. Many of these people have trouble finding their place among this new and different cultures. VOA Learning English looks at some common situations visitors to the United States face and how to deal with them.
VOA慢速英语:从内罗毕到北卡罗来纳州:肯尼亚教师之旅2017-01-04
James Mwangi is a teacher in Kenya. But for almost a year, he is living and teaching in the United States, thanks to a Fulbright program.
VOA慢速英语:美国大学学生报纸面临压力2017-01-01
Many American colleges and universities have student-run newspapers. The newspapers are meant to be independent and able to report on any issue they choose. But a new report suggest a growing number of school administrators are punishing student newspapers that publish critical stories.
VOA慢速英语:寻找规律提高英语写作和口语水平2016-12-28
For VOA Learning English, this is the Education Report. Eli Hinkel, a professor at Seattle Pacific University, says that English learners need to learn to recognize patterns in the English language.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:大学论文分步指南2016-12-25
College-level writing is very different from any other type of writing. It is more difficult than high school writing. College-level writing can cause problems for international students. But, there are some methods students can use to create the best writing possible.
VOA慢速英语:川普或改变奥巴马的教育政策2016-12-21
Outgoing Education Secretary John King is calling for continued federal efforts to help schools provide a quality education and to support diversity. But changes are likely when President-elect Donald Trump takes office. He favors fewer education regulations.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:学生用“一分钟奥秘”解决问题2016-12-14
Teachers are now using One Minute Mysteries in their classes to teach science and mathematics.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国国际医学生面临困难2016-12-11
Being a doctor is one of the most difficult jobs there is. But in some ways the path to becoming a doctor in the U.S. is even more difficult. It can cost a lot and can take several years to complete. For international students, this path is more difficult for several reasons, but not impossible.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:难民等待安置的同时提高英语能力2016-12-07
The resettlement process for refugees can take years. While they are waiting, some Hazara refugees in Indonesia are building English language skills to pass the time.
VOA慢速英语:大多数美国大学生“非传统”2016-12-04
Many people in the United States may not realize that there are many paths to take towards a college education. The common belief is that a young person should go to college for four years right after finishing high school. But this is not true for a majority of undergraduate college students in the
VOA慢速英语:什么是特许学校?2016-11-30
Charter schools are different from public schools in many ways. They often have flexibility in the kinds of classes and programs that they can offer. The charter movement has appealed to Americans with different beliefs. This appeal helps to explain some of the growth of charter schools.
VOA慢速英语:一些国际留学生令“总统川普”头疼2016-11-27
Hateful speech during the presidential campaign and a recent attack have made some international students worry about the future of their educations in the United States. Experts disagree over the affect a Donald Trump presidency will have on international study in America.
VOA慢速英语:车轮上的女孩:印度和肯尼亚推广骑自行车2016-11-23
Programs in two developing countries are helping girls get to school. The programs are giving girls pedal power -- transportation in the form of bicycles.
VOA慢速英语:更多大学生面临性传播疾病风险2016-11-20
Away from family for the first time, young people at colleges can make risky choices. These include choices involving sex. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that sexually transmitted diseases may be on the rise among college-age young people in the U.S.
VOA慢速英语:全球英语水平发展一览图2016-11-16
The EF Proficiency Index ranks 72 countries according to their adult English language ability. Netherlands was first, and Iraq was last
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:科技技术改变教育模式2016-11-13
Modern technology affects almost every part of modern life. Education is no different. Teachers and parents are looking to technology to help students at every level of learning. But some are concerned that the world’s love of technology may not help students as much as people believe.
VOA慢速英语:提高英语发音水平:自拍视频练发音2016-11-09
English learners can improve their pronunciation skills with training exercises used by singers. A smartphone with a camera can help, too. These suggestions come from Michael Berman.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:中国教育公司帮学生“走捷径”进美国顶尖大学2016-11-06
In recent years several news agencies have reported incidents of Chinese students using companies to cheat on their applications to U.S. universities. Now a new report suggests that the head of one company was paying one school to fight cheating while former employees claim the company was itself gu
VOA慢速英语:越来越多的美国女孩质疑学校着装规范2016-11-02
School officials say student opposition to dress codes is normal for the first month or two of every school year. Yet, the last few years have witnessed something different: a growing number of American girls expressing the belief that those policies unfairly target them.
VOA慢速英语:这就是现实,美国大学生也“拼爹”!2016-10-30
Starting a college education is a difficult process. Books, counselors, websites and parents are all resources students can use to understand the process. But the parents of some students do not have the same knowledge to support their children as others.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:学生使用智能设备作弊2016-10-28
The wide use of smartphones is giving students many more ways to cheat. Experts say teachers now need to come up with new ways to prevent high-tech cheating. These include changes to testing methods and how assignments are processed.
VOA慢速英语:提高英语水平系列:使用通用对象2016-10-26
English has many strange, difficult sounds, including th,-er,i, and ee. English learners can improve their pronunciation of these sounds by doing exercises with common, everyday objects. These objects include a piece of candy, a pencil, and a mirror.
VOA慢速英语:美国小型大学挣扎生存2016-10-23
There are thousands of choices of colleges and universities in the United States. Some are big and others are small. Some are public and others are private. But not every school is equally successful. Some schools face money troubles and end up closing, leaving students and professors in trouble.
VOA慢速英语:老师尝试更有效的教学方法2016-10-19
Many Americans debate major issues angrily, but some schools are working to show students they can disagree without being disagreeable
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:哈佛商学院在纽约开设“创业孵化器”2016-10-16
Harvard University’s Business School is known and respected around the world. The level of education students receive there is very high. And now the school is doing more for former students entering the business world.
VOA慢速英语:组织教授在美国的阿富汗妇女生活技能2016-10-12
More than 100 Afghan women gather every day at a small home in the Queens area of New York City. They get English language classes, life training, and other support from a group called Women for Afghan Women (WAW). The organization has helped some of the women leave abusive marriages.
VOA慢速英语:文科学位价值几何?2016-10-09
Many young people choose to study a specific subject because they believe it will help them find a good job right after they finish their studies. But there is another approach to higher education that may help students in other ways.
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