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: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.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国大学欲招收更多的农村学生2018-04-30
Some American colleges are seeking more rural students to gain a more balanced mix of beliefs and politics among their students.
VOA慢速英语:大学录取:通过推荐获得支持2018-04-23
Some would-be college students are not always good at selling themselves and their strengths to admissions officials. That is why many college and universities ask for written statements from high school teachers or others who know about the student.
VOA慢速英语:美国学生表现新报告称数学与阅读能力无提高2018-04-19
A new report on the performance of U.S. students found little or no improvement in mathematics and reading. The report found that only about one-third of 8th graders were rated proficient’ in the two subjects.
VOA慢速英语:美国大学生更看重多元化而非言论自由2018-04-16
A recent study suggests that over half of college students in the United States believe promoting diversity is more important than protecting free speech. Some experts worry what this view might mean for higher education.
VOA慢速英语:英语和西班牙语中一些容易混淆的词汇2018-04-12
False friend is a way to describe words in different languages that look the same, but have completely different meanings. We are examining some false friend examples in English and Spanish.
VOA慢速英语:全球三分之一的大学生就读于私立学校2018-04-09
Private colleges and universities are growing in popularity almost everywhere around world except the United States. Some education experts say that is because public schools lack the financial resources to support the growing number of students.
VOA慢速英语:成千上万的美国教师罢工要求提高工资2018-04-06
Thousands of teachers in two U.S. states go on strike to demand higher pay and increased education funding.
VOA慢速英语:大学录取:面试成功2018-04-03
Interviews serve a lot of different purposes. They help employers decide who to choose for a job they want to fill. They also help colleges and universities decide which students they want to admit. And one admissions official says there many things for i
VOA慢速英语:报告称NRA向美国学校提供730万美元资助2018-03-31
A new report shows the National Rifle Association provided more than $7.3 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools from 2010 through 2016. Most of the money goes to local programs of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:学生在“虚拟”企业中学习真正的技能2018-03-31
Young people from around the United States gathered in Pasadena, California recently to talk about businesses they created. The busine...
VOA慢速英语:美国大学生起诉美国教育部侵犯其隐私信息2018-03-31
Corinthian Colleges went out of business in 2015. The for-profit higher education company has been found guilty of lying to its students. Many of them were faced with considerable debt from the loans they got for their studies. Now some students are takin
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:研究:大多数美国人喜欢数学和科学课2018-03-31
Despite a lack of interest in STEM-related education by many American K-12 students, a new study shows most adults actually enjoyed math and science classes.
VOA慢速英语:每日语法:条件状语从句的使用方法2018-03-31
In today’s program, we will tell you about other words and phrases we use to make conditionals in spoken English.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:新人工智能技术改变学生评价教授的方式2018-03-19
A new program uses artificial intelligence to let students evaluate their professors using a chat window.
VOA慢速英语:从阿拉伯语中借用的英语词汇2018-03-15
On a recent program, we told you about some English words borrowed from African languages. Today, we will tell you about words English has borrowed from the Arab world.
VOA慢速英语:美国大学不会惩罚学生抗议枪支暴力2018-03-13
American universities across the country are publicly supporting high school students who participate in peaceful protests against gun violence. The announcements are aimed at students who are applying for colleges and universities.
VOA慢速英语:大学招生:准备能力测试2018-03-09
For many would-be college students, testing is the most difficult part of the undergraduate application process.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:用利默里克来定义每一个英语单词2018-03-08
There are different methods for studying languages and learning new words. An American man has come up with an unusual way to define words - through rhyming and limericks.
VOA慢速英语:武装教师能防止校园枪击事件吗?2018-03-02
President Donald Trump has called for arming teachers as a way to stop school shootings. His comments - following the recent deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida - have been criticized by students and organizations representing teachers.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:英国教育科技初创团队声称能帮助孩子快速记单词2018-03-02
A new vocabulary program claims to greatly speed up a child's understanding of language. The program is called Mrs Wordsmith.
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