美國之音(以下稱VOA)的英語節目,按播音速度可分為兩種:Standard English (標準英語)和 Special English(特別英語)。

Special English 又叫“慢速英語”,是VOA 專為全世界非英語國家初學英語的聽眾安排的一種簡易、規范的英語廣播節目。該節目創始于50年代末期,是VOA 的專家們研究如何與世界各地的英語學習者進行交際的產物。它正式開播于1959年10月。當時只面向歐洲和中東,但由于這個節目適合許多國家英語學習者的需要,所以它的廣播對象不久就擴大到世界其他地區,并很快在全世界范圍內產生了廣泛的影響。現在這個節目對歐洲、非洲和拉丁美洲每晚廣播一次,對加勒比地區每晚廣播一次(星期天除外),對東南亞廣播次數最多,每天上午兩次,晚上三次。

30多年來,VOA 為了辦好Special English節目,進行了大量的調查研究工作,對播音速度、內容及用詞范圍都作了具體規定,基本上達到了既能為英語學習者提供信息,又不損害英語本身風格的目的,使之成為VOA 獨具特色,擁有最大量聽眾的節目。

美國著名詞匯學家S. B. Flexmer 指明了Special English的三條標準,也就是它所“特別”的地方:

1、它是一種由美國人最常用的1500個基本單詞為主體構成的美國英語;

2、它用簡短、明晰的句子寫作和廣播;

3、它以每分鐘90個單詞的速度,即2/3的Standard English(標準英語)速度進行廣播。

Special English的節目可分為兩大類:一類是新聞節目;一類是專題節目。

VOA慢速英語:充足睡眠有助大學生提高學習效率2019-01-21
The amount of sleep Americans get has been decreasing over the last 20 years. And this may affect the academic abilities of college students.
VOA慢速英語:“夢想家”獲獎者擔心無法返回美國2019-01-10
Jin Park is the first Dreamer from the U.S. to win a Rhodes scholarship. But, if he accepts the award, he may not be able to re-enter the United States.
VOA慢速英語:文科畢業生前途幾何?2019-01-10
In recent years, parents and educators have pushed college students away from liberal arts degrees in favor of fields that more directly relate to a given job. But that does not mean liberal arts degrees are totally lacking in value.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:美國高中生通過建造房屋來學習建筑2019-01-10
Many high School students in the United States get hands-on training in construction skills by building real houses. Recently, a group of students in the U.S. state of Iowa took part in construction training that centered on the skill of masonry.
VOA慢速英語:美國大學學費昂貴 學校為學生提供經濟援助2018-12-31
With the cost of a college education in the United States haven risen greatly over the past 30 years, students need all the financial support they can get. Luckily many schools offer some form of aid. But the process of applying for it can be complex.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:84歲老婦人:大學學位的終生目標,達成!2018-12-27
One American woman waited many years to reach her goal of receiving a college degree. But it finally happened.
VOA慢速英語:美國教育部長2018年教育改革結果喜憂參半2018-12-24
United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos attempted many policy changes this year, some successful and some not.
VOA慢速英語:研究:班級規模對學生成績影響不大2018-12-20
Reducing class size has traditionally been seen as an important way to improve a student’s educational experience. But a new study finds there is little evidence to support the idea that smaller classes lead to increased academic results.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:墨西哥總統下令結束有爭議的教育改革2018-12-17
Mexico’s president canceled disputed education reforms this week, as he had promised during his election campaign. The new leader, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, also announced plans to expand the country’s free college education program.
VOA慢速英語:海外留學的美國學生人數繼續增長2018-12-17
The number of American college students studying at universities in other countries has been growing for about the last 30 years. Schools, parents and employers appear to value the experience more than ever.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕[翻譯]:微軟:美國教師缺乏計算機技能培訓2018-12-13
A new study involving American teachers has found a shortage of computer science training in U.S. schools.
VOA慢速英語:研究:大多數美國大學管理者都是自由派2018-12-10
For years, critics of U.S. higher education have accused colleges and universities of being centers of liberal thought. A new study suggests that school administration officials are often more likely to support liberal causes or ways of thinking than coll
VOA慢速英語:夏威夷語版《Moana》旨在拯救瀕危語言2018-12-06
The 2016 movie Moana tells the story of a girl who lives on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Now, a Hawaiian language version of the film is being provided to schools across Hawaii in an effort to get students interested in the language.
VOA慢速英語:團體與大學幫助往屆生完成大學學業2018-12-03
Many college and university students in the United States stop their education without earning a degree. But one organization is leading an effort to prevent this.
VOA慢速英語:美國西部鄉村學校:只有一個學生、一個老師2018-11-29
A school in the U.S. state of Wyoming has only one student, and just one teacher.
VOA慢速英語:網站幫助大學生處理心理健康問題2018-11-26
As the demand for mental health services increases in American higher education, one website aims to offer additional solutions.
VOA慢速英語:美國教育部長推新規防止性侵犯2018-11-22
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed new guidelines on a U.S. law that protects against sexual violence in schools. The plan would change previous guidelines created during the administration of President Barack Obama.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕[翻譯]:前紐約市長捐贈18億美元給約翰霍普金斯大學2018-11-21
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced he will be giving the largest donation ever to the university he once attended.
VOA慢速英語:研究發現美國高校IT服務面臨嚴重的資金困難2018-11-19
As most of modern society increases investments in information technology, a new study finds higher education is limiting spending on IT products and services.
VOA慢速英語:美國國際學生數量連續第二年錄得下降2018-11-15
The number of new international students attending American colleges and universities dropped for the second straight year. Arriving foreign students fell about 7 percent in the 2017-2018 school year, a not-for-profit research group found.
VOA慢速英語:美國將改革“大學記分卡”計分模式2018-11-12
The U.S. Department of Education operates College Scorecard, a website that lists all kinds of information about colleges and universities nationwide. In September, the department removed the national median data from the system. Critics say the change se
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:也門教師在自己家中為700名學生授課2018-11-08
A Yemeni teacher wanted to improve education for students suffering during the country’s civil war. So he came up with the idea to turn his own home into a school.
VOA慢速英語:美國大學重新考慮與沙特的關系2018-11-05
After years of accepting money from Saudi Arabia, many colleges and universities in the United States are rethinking their ties with the country. This is in reaction to the disappearance and killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and writer.
VOA慢速英語:美國公立學校的英語學習者人數繼續上升2018-11-01
The number of English language learners continues to rise in American public schools. Nearly 10 percent of U.S. public school students were English language learners in 2015, the U.S. Department of Education has reported.
VOA慢速英語:非學位課程或隱藏性別歧視2018-10-29
It has become much more common for people in the United States to choose non-degree credential programs in place of costly degree programs. These credentials can lead to well-paying jobs. But new research suggests they may not serve men and women equally.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:語言學習:嬰兒們一起學習事半功倍2018-10-25
A new study has found that young babies learning language skills from video do better when learning with other babies than alone.
VOA慢速英語:學生起訴美國教育部獲勝訴2018-10-22
A court has rejected attempts by the United States Department of Education to delay student loan relief for former students at for-profit colleges.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕[翻譯]:哈佛被指控歧視亞裔美國人2018-10-18
Arguments have begun in a case accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-Americans seeking admission.
VOA慢速英語:研究稱美國公立大學對黑人學生存歧視2018-10-15
A new study suggests that public colleges and universities in the United States are failing to serve African American students in several ways.
VOA慢速英語:研究發現:近10%的Airbnb房東是教師2018-10-11
Home-sharing service Airbnb recently announced that one of the most popular jobs among its US hosts is teacher.
VOA慢速英語:“免費大學”項目或無法幫助最貧困的學生2018-10-08
The promise of free higher education may be very appealing to many people in the United States. But two new studies suggest that free college may not be as free as it appears.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:波多黎各學生仍受颶風瑪麗亞余威影響2018-10-04
One year after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, students there are still suffering effects of the deadly storm.
VOA慢速英語:大學課堂引入高科技有助教學?2018-10-01
More and more college students are using laptop computers and other electronic devices during classes. A new study suggests this may be harming their learning.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:更多美國學校教授如何識別假新聞2018-09-27
An increasing number of American states are now requiring schools to teach skills for recognizing real and false news.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:報告顯示美國大學已摒棄大論文寫作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慢速英語:聯合國:50%青少年在學校面臨暴力或欺凌威脅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慢速英語:家長和校領導致力于結束大學欺凌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慢速英語:印第安人特許學校在俄克拉荷馬州獲批2018-09-13
The Sovereign Community School, the first school in Oklahoma to serve only American Indians, will launch next year
VOA慢速英語:更多國際大學生留在美國工作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.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:蓋茨基金會提供9200萬美元資助美國少數族裔學生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慢速英語:托福、雅思之外的新英語考試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慢速英語:教師將高科技融入課堂教學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慢速英語:研究表明大量大學畢業生“就業不足”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.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:研究發現美國政府日益偏重特許學校2018-08-24
A new study found that support among Americans for charter schools and voucher programs grew from last year.
VOA慢速英語:美國許多州面臨教師短缺問題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慢速英語:研究:許多退學的學生即將完成學業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慢速英語:美國大學在所有學生宿舍配備電子助理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慢速英語:美國大學如何轉學?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慢速英語:論英語中借用德語的單詞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.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕[翻譯]:美國大學錄取新生更看重什么條件2018-08-07
Most colleges publish information about their costs and information about admissions on their website.
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