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。

该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:报告显示美国大学已摒弃大论文写作2018-09-24
The tradition of college and university students writing many very long essays may not be as common as was once thought, a new study suggests.
VOA慢速英语:联合国:50%青少年在学校面临暴力或欺凌威胁2018-09-20
A United Nations report has found that about half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide have experienced some form of violence or bullying in school.
VOA慢速英语:家长和校领导致力于结束大学欺凌2018-09-17
The parents of two young men who died while trying to become members of social groups at universities in the U.S. are trying to change the culture that led to the deaths of their children.
VOA慢速英语:印第安人特许学校在俄克拉荷马州获批2018-09-13
The Sovereign Community School, the first school in Oklahoma to serve only American Indians, will launch next year
VOA慢速英语:更多国际大学生留在美国工作2018-09-10
The number of international students who stay in the United States to work after completing their college studies has been rising since 2008.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:盖茨基金会提供9200万美元资助美国少数族裔学生2018-09-06
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is providing $92 million in assistance in a new effort to help minority and low-income students succeed. The assistance will come in the form of grants to 19 school programs across 13 American states.
VOA慢速英语:托福、雅思之外的新英语考试2018-09-03
Several organizations are trying to create new ways of testing people’s English language abilities, in part, in the hopes of bringing more people into higher education. But they are not without their critics.
VOA慢速英语:教师将高科技融入课堂教学2018-08-30
New studies have found a majority of teachers believe technology is helping them do a better job in the classroom. But research also shows that many educators are also concerned that digital devices can cause physical and mental harm to students.
VOA慢速英语:研究表明大量大学毕业生“就业不足”2018-08-27
A new study examines the importance of a college graduate’s first job. Accepting a position that does not require a degree can set workers on a path of low pay and underemployment.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:研究发现美国政府日益偏重特许学校2018-08-24
A new study found that support among Americans for charter schools and voucher programs grew from last year.
VOA慢速英语:美国许多州面临教师短缺问题2018-08-23
An increasing number of American states have identified teacher shortages as a major problem. There is especially a great need for teachers of special education, science and math. In some areas, districts also cannot find enough qualified language teacher
VOA慢速英语:研究:许多退学的学生即将完成学业2018-08-23
New research shows that many of the students who leave higher education without successfully earning a degree are often three-quarters or more of the way done with their programs.
VOA慢速英语:美国大学在所有学生宿舍配备电子助理2018-08-19
One American university is putting electronic personal assistants in every student housing room. Saint Louis University recently announced it will place Amazon’s Alexa device in every living space on campus.
VOA慢速英语:美国大学如何转学?2018-08-13
Choosing to study at a college or university is a huge decision, and where you go can affect your life in many ways. So, officials say it is important that if you are unhappy with the school you chose to attend, you might want to consider transferring.
VOA慢速英语:论英语中借用德语的单词2018-08-09
In recent weeks, we have talked about how people learning a foreign language can be fooled by “false friends.” These are words that look or sound alike in other languages, but have completely different meanings.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美国大学录取新生更看重什么条件2018-08-07
Most colleges publish information about their costs and information about admissions on their website.
VOA慢速英语:一些美国大学为游戏高玩提供全额奖学金2018-08-03
Most people would not group video gaming with more physically demanding sports, like football or basketball. But gaming has reached such a high level of competition that some schools are now offering full financial aid for players of esports.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:部分大学允许学生拿到工资后再给学费2018-07-30
Instead of loans, some colleges are experimenting with paying for students’ college education in exchange for a percentage of their future salary.
VOA慢速英语:美国学生应该学习哪个范围的世界史课程?2018-07-26
After wide criticism from the U.S. teaching Community, the College Board announces the exam will cover material stating at 1200.
VOA慢速英语:部分美国大学允许学生带宠物上学2018-07-23
Students often miss their friends and family when they leave home and go off to a college or university. But some schools are starting to let students bring a dog, cat or other beloved pet with them.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:更多美国学校提供国际学士课程2018-07-19
High school students in the U.S. increasingly have a new option to challenge themselves: the International Baccalaureate, or IB. The program is a demanding two-year curriculum. It aims to prepare students for college-level work, support independent resear
VOA慢速英语:韦伯州立大学开放招生照顾偏科学生2018-07-16
The process of applying for admission to colleges and universities in the United States is complex, and competitive. For some students, a school that offers open enrollment’ may be the best choice.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国政府撤销要求学校招生考虑种族多样化问题2018-07-14
The Trump Administration said it will cancel guidance that urges school officials to consider race.
VOA慢速英语:美国教育家建议1450年之前的历史从教科书删除2018-07-14
American high school students might have a big change in their world history education next year. The College Board announced in May that it plans to limit the amount of material covered in its Advanced Placement (AP) World History exam.
VOA慢速英语:在丹佛大学与全球留学生分享礼物2018-07-09
Everyone has some skill or quality which could be useful if it were shared with the world. But sometimes it takes an educational environment, like that at the University of Denver, to bring it out.
VOA慢速英语:在拉斯维加斯内华达大学追求完美2018-07-02
In order to become the best person in a given field, years of study are often required. Luckily, students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas say their school does all it can to support them reach their goals
VOA慢速英语:《牛津英语词典》新增Brencheese和Spoiler等1000个新单词2018-06-28
In June, the Oxford English Dictionary, or OED added about 1,000 words and new definitions to its website. The changes are to help users understand a mix of terms, some dating back many centuries. The additions include words such as brencheese deathshildy
VOA慢速英语:在杨百翰大学享受不一样的大学生活2018-06-26
http://downdb.51voa.com/201806/international-student-experience-at-brigham-young-university.mp3
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:挪威研究发现人类平均IQ值不升反降2018-06-21
Scores on IQ tests usually rise every 10 years. But a major study shows IQ scores among Norwegian men have been falling since the mid-1970s.
VOA慢速英语:如何适应大学的生活2018-06-18
Moving from one place to another is a difficult challenge in itself. But moving from one country to another to become an international student means getting used to many new situations.
VOA慢速英语:电子香烟商人向学生提供经济资助2018-06-14
Some electronic cigarette companies offer financial aid to students who have written about possible helpful effects of their products.
VOA慢速英语:在加州大学圣地亚哥分校充实自己2018-06-11
Life for international students at the University of California San Diego can be full of interesting activities. This is especially true for those who do whatever they can to find such experiences.
VOA慢速英语:研究发现炎热天气有碍学习2018-06-11
A new study has found that student performance drops when temperatures rise. The study blames a lack of air conditioning in many U.S. schools for causing learning problems.
VOA慢速英语:让校园成为第二个家园2018-06-04
Being on your own in a foreign country can be very difficult. This can be especially true for international students who may never have been away from their families before. Luckily, some schools, like Mesa Community College make it easy to feel at home w
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:巴基斯坦的街头学校向贫穷的孩子和家长们开放2018-06-01
A different kind of school in Pakistan is giving poor children, and sometimes their mothers too, a new chance to get an education.
VOA慢速英语:国际大事成今年美国高校毕业演讲主题2018-05-30
Every year, well-known and well-respected people from all walks of life are asked to give the speeches at ceremonies honoring college and university graduates. In 2018, many of the speeches covered the problems the world now faces and asked the graduates
VOA慢速英语:新闻素养第6课:新闻和社交媒体2018-05-30
This lesson is based on the News Literacy class at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/
VOA慢速英语:新闻素养第5课:新闻报道的质量2018-05-30
Be able to recognize and re-state the main points of the story. An intelligent news consumer asks: What are the facts and how are they presented?
VOA慢速英语:新闻素养第4课:平衡,公平2018-05-30
Media organizations often use words like balance and fairness. They want to say that they are reporting without showing favoritism or making judgments. Balance simply means giving equal time to both sides of an issue, or not giving one side more importanc
VOA慢速英语:新闻素养第3课:建立真理2018-05-30
Let’s examine the verification process a little closer. Becoming a literate news consumer requires us to be able to identify legitimate journalism. Legitimate journalism seeks truth. But how do we define that truth?
VOA慢速英语:新闻素养第2课:验证、独立、问责2018-05-30
What is legitimate journalism? It is news that has been verified by an independent organization that is accountable for the information.
VOA慢速英语:新闻素养第1课:真正的新闻与假新闻2018-05-30
Information is an important part of our society. People depend on it to guide them through a complex world.
VOA慢速英语:新闻素养简介:新闻发展历史2018-05-30
Today we are at the Newseum in Washington D.C. – where the history of free expression is explained and defended.
VOA慢速英语:英语和法语中的False Friends2018-05-27
English has a lot of French words in it. But not all the words have the same meaning, even if they look very similar.
VOA慢速英语:大学录取:在社交媒体上展示你最好的一面2018-05-21
Some admission officials have started examining the messages and pictures applicants post on social media.
VOA慢速英语:报告称美国外国学生计划近年来一直在扩大2018-05-18
A new study shows that a U.S. job training program for foreign college students has been expanding. The Pew Research Center noted a 400 percent increase in foreign students graduating and working in the fields of science, technology, engineering.
VOA慢速英语:美国高校取录:SAT和ACT的成绩已不再重要2018-05-14
There has long been debate over college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT as predictors of student performance. Now, new research raises more questions about how admissions officials should weigh the results of these tests.
VOA慢速英语:美国高中为提高毕业率违反毕业政策2018-05-12
Students from across the U.S. are preparing to finish their high school education. But some education experts believe too many graduates are getting through a broken system that leaves students unprepared for college or the work force.
VOA慢速英语:大学录取:让自己变的更好2018-05-07
Once a student has sent in all of their application materials to a college or university, they may think their job is done. But there are still some important things to consider, even after the schools make their admissions decisions.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:研究发现非裔移民受教育程度较高2018-05-03
More than 2 million African immigrants are more likely than native-born Americans to have pursued advanced degrees.
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