read what Bill Gates says about education;
build up your vocabulary relating to campus life;
get to know about the vocational education in Germany.
William (Bill) H. Bill Gates is the co-founder, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, the world’s largest and most profitable software company. And he is also the richest man in the world.
Gates was born in 1955, in Seattle, Washington.
Gates attended the private Lakeside School. There, he discovered his interest in software and began programming computers at age 13.
Gates went off to Harvard University in 1973 with the original intention of becoming a math professor. It was during his Harvard days that he and his friend developed BASIC (Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code), the programming language for the first microcomputer.
Gates left Harvard in 1975 without completing his university education.
He started Microsoft at the age of 19, and made a deal that changed the landscape of computing forever.
Gates announced in 2006 that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work, and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty in the world.
It’s true that I dropped out of college to start Microsoft, but I was at Harvard for three years before dropping out. As I’ve said before, nobody should drop out of college unless they believe they face the chance of a lifetime. And even then they should consider carefully.
In my company’s early years, we had a bright part-time programmer who planned to drop out of high school to work. We told him no.Quite a few of our people didn’t finish college, but we discourage dropping out. Having a diploma certainly helps somebody who is looking to us for a job.
High school and college offer you the best chance to learn many things and to do projects with others that teach you about team spirit. In high school there was a time when I was highly focused on writing software,but for most of my high school years I had many interests. In college, I read about all kinds of things and attended different kinds of classes.For me, classroom is not the only place where you can learn. You can also learn in a library.But somebody handing you a book doesn’t automatically start your learning. You should learn with other people, ask questions, try out ideas and have a way to test your ability.
As I’ve said before, nobody should drop out of college unless they believe they face the chance of a lifetime. And even then they should consider carefully. (Para. 2)
讲解drop out，chance of a lifetime词汇时，让学生同时思考以下问题：
What’s Bill Gates’ opinion about college study?
Do you think it’s good to drop out of school?
Students might have some difficulties when studying, by thinking up these two questions and encouraging them,they can regain a new view on study and life.
Translate the following sentences into English by using the given words or phrases:
1.你们要集中精力学习。(be focused on)
You should be focused on study.
Education does count to young people.
3.我们在这所职业学校里学习许多课程。(vocational school, subject)
We study many subjects in this vocational school.
4.你要好好利用这次千载难逢的机会。(take advantage of)
You should take advantage of this chance of a lifetime.
The majority of vocational schools in Germany do not charge tuition fees.