Most students choose“Homestay”accommodation when they study abroad：others select Homestay even if they are not on a study visit．Statistics show that it’s a form of accommodation gaining in popularity all the time． But what is Homestay?And what makes it so popular?Homestay means living with a family，or“host family”as we say．There are three ways of doing it：·choose to learn English in a language school near to your Homestay location：·have your English classes in the house with a member of the family who is a qualified teacher；·select not to have classes at all when you visit——a popular choice if you want to do the tourist thing for example．Even in their busy summer period the organizations that arrange the Homestays will always try to place you with the most suitable host family to match your requirements．Placement(安置)organizations think about location，interests，language level，eating requirements，allergies(过敏)and other requests you may have．Though prices vary according to your needs，good quality Homestay accommodation can be
relatively economical--and although you may be charged an extra amount of money if you want your Homestay in or near the city centre．Even if you stay further out，you can expect your journey into the centre not to exceed 30 minutes·Not onlY does Homestay accommodation represent value for money， it also glVes you an excelient opportunity to practise English with your host family．This is a very imPortant extra for students who like to speak as much English as possible． But if you plan to leam English，why not have vour English classes in your host family．9 There’s no better way to learn English than
this—the Derfect combination of learning and accommodation combined with the Cultural experience !
44．Homestay is an ideal choice for students wh0 .
A．plan to visit relatires B．want to stay at home
C．plan to study overseas D．warlt to learn statistics ·
45．Who will consider students’requirements before their Homestay starts?
A．The English teacher． B．The placement orgamzatlon.
C．The host family． D．The language school.
46．Which of the foilowing is a key factor affecting the price of Homestay?
A．Nationalitv of the host family． B．Eating habits of the host family.
C．Students’language level． D．Students’specific needs·
47．What can be inferred from the passage?
A．The author is in favor of Homestay accommodation．
B．The author is doubtful about the safety of Homestay．
C．The author finds Homestay arrangement complicated．
D．The author finds Homestay accommodation expensive．
Using 1ess energy around the home is easier than you might think，saving you money while creating a heahhier，more comfortable living space for you and your family． Changing a few old habits can make an impact on your energy bill， your comfort and the environment.Here are some handy tips to make your house more energy-efficient.Lower the heat If vour home has adjustable central heating，lowering the room temperature eVen sllghtly can make a difference． You may not feel it， but your wallet will． It is even more adVisable to control temperatures at different times of the day·Hang clothes out to dry If the weather allows it，head outside and dry your laundry on a clothesline.The sunlight will help eliminate bacteria and dust． While clothes dryers get the job done faster，they also use up energy．By hanging your clothes out you’11 be cutting greenhouse gases by about three kilograms per load．Take advantage of natural light Installing large windows on the northern side of your house can help you make use of sunli ght，s natural warmth. To stay c00l indoors on hot summer days，install blinds(百叶窗) to block the heavy sun．Put your desk near the window，then you don’t need a lamp in the
daytime．Wrap(裹)your pipes Be sure your hot—water pipes are properly wrapped．In an average home，heating water
accounts for more than one—quarter of the energy bill．Why let warmth go to waste before it reaches you? Choose the right size for appliances(家用电器)When the time comes to replace appliances，select those that are both energy—efficient and of the appropriate size for your needs．Don’t buy bigger ones just because you can．
48．What benefit may using less energy at home bring about?
A．Having a healthier living environment．
B．Improving your work efficiency．
C．Keeping old habits unchanged．
D．Enlarging your living space．
49．Which of the following is one of the advantages of hanging clothes out to dry?
A．It may help to build a greenhouse．
B．It helps remove bacteria in clothes．
C．It uses half the ell ergy that clothes dryers d0．
D．It gets clothes dry much faster than clothes dryers．
50．What can be installed on the northern side of your house to make better use of natural light? ，
A．Blinds． B．Curtains． C．Windows．D．Shades．
51．Besides energy-efficiency，what else should be considered when replacing appliances?
A．Replacing time． B．Reasonable price．C．Good quality． D．Proper size．
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