2009年9月高级口译阅读真题(Section5 第一篇)

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  历年的高级口译真题是考生备考时的重要学习资料,高级口译笔试包括听力、阅读、翻译三大部分,阅读是考试中的重难点,考生要掌握好答题的速度。上外口译为广大考生整理了2009年秋季英语高级口译阅读真题,含有原文和答案,供大家练习使用。

  Section 5 第一篇

  原文

  Questions 1-3

  Disparaging comments by adults about a children’s presenter have led to an angry backlash in support of Cerrie Burnell, the 29-year-old CBeebies host who was born missing the lower section of her right arm. One man said that he would stop his daughter from watching the BBC children’s channel because Burnell would give his child nightmares.

  Parents even called the broadcaster to complain after Burnell, with Alex Winters, took over the channel’s popular Do and Discover slot and The Bedtime Hour programme last month, to complain about her disability. And some of the vitriolic comments on the “Grown Up” section of the channel’s website were so nasty that they had to be removed.

  “Is it just me, or does anyone else think the new woman presenter on CBeebies may scare the kids because of her disability?” wrote one adult on the CBeebies website. Other adults claimed that their children were asking difficult questions as a result. “I didn’t want to let my children watch the filler bits on The Bedtime Hour last night because I know it would have played on my eldest daughter’s mind and possibly caused sleep problems,” said one message. The BBC received nine other complaints by phone.

  While charities reacted angrily to the criticism of the children’s presenter, calling the comments disturbing, other parents and carers labeled the remarks as disgraceful, writing in support of Burnell and setting up a “fight disability prejudice” page on the social networking site Facebook.

  “I think that it is great that Cerrie is on CBeebies. She is an inspiration to children and we should not underestimate their ability to understand and accept that all of us have differences—some visible and some not,” wrote “Surfergirlboosmum”. Other websites were flooded with equally supportive comments. “I feel we should all post counter complaints to the BBC and I’m sure they will receive more complaints about the fact they have even considered accepting these complaints,” wrote Scott Tostevin on Facebook. “It’s a disgrace that people still have such negative views against people who are ‘different’”, he added.

  Burnell, who described her first television presenting role as a “dream job”, has also appeared in EastEnders and Holby City and has been feted for performances in the theatre while also worked as a teaching assistant at a special needs school in London. She also has a four-year-old child. “I think the negative comments from those few parents are indicative of a wider problem of disabled representation in the media as a whole, which is why it’s so important for there to be more disabled role models in every area of the media,” she said in response yesterday.

  “The support that I’ve received ... has been truly heartening. It’s brilliant that parents are able to use me as a way of talking about disability with their children and for children who are similarly disabled to see what really is possible in life and for their worlds to be represented in such a positive, high profile manner.”

  Charities said that much still needed to be done to change perceptions in society. “In some way it is a pretty sad commentary on the way society is now and that both parents and children see few examples of disabled people. The sooner children are exposed to disability in mainstream education the better,” said Mark Shrimpton at Radar, the UK’s largest disability campaigning organisation. “She is a role model for other disabled people.”

  Rosemary Bolinger, a trustee at Scope, a charity for people with cerebral palsy, said: “It is disturbing that some parents have reacted in this way ... Unfortunately disabled people are generally invisible in the media and wider society.”

  1. Who is Cerrie Burnell? Give a brief introduction of Cerrie Burnell.

  2. What are the responses from parents and carers towards Cerrie Burnell? What is the reaction from charities to such criticism?

  3 What is Cerrie Burnell’s own view about her job as a television presenter?

  【官方答案】

  1. Cerrie Burnell is a 29-year-old CBeebies host who was born disabled with her lower section of her right arm. She is a mother of a four-year-old child. She, together with Alex Winters, presided over the channel’s popular Do and Discover slot and The Bedtime Hour programme last month. She is now facing abusive comments from parents.

  2. Parents and carers called the broadcaster to complain about her disability. Some complaints were so vitriolic and nasty that they had to be removed. While charities reacted angrily to the criticism of the children’s presenter, calling the comments disturbing, other parents and carers labelled the remarks as disgraceful, writing in support of Burnell and setting up a “fight disability prejudice” page on the social networking site Facebook.

  3. Cerrie Burnell’s own view about her job as a television presenter was that she described her first television presenting role as a “dream job”. She thought the negative comments from those few parents are indicative of a wider problem of disabled representation in the media as a whole, which is why it’s so important for there to be more disabled role models in every area of the media.

  【关键词】残疾人主持少年儿童电视节目

  【大意】残疾人主持BBC儿童电视节目,少数家长认为会给孩子产生不良影响而投诉,引发更多对残障人士权利的支持声

  【文章出处】独立报,The Independent,2009年2月24日

  【词汇积累】

  presenter 这里表示电视节目主持人

  backlash 强烈反对,反击

  slot 这里表示节目时段

  vitriolic 刻薄的,挖苦的

  filler bits

  disgraceful 可耻的

  fete 这里表示授予荣誉,嘉奖

  heartening 令人鼓舞的

  trustee 这里指基金会理事

  cerebral palsy 脑瘫

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