Topic 3.2 - UNDERGRADUATE COOPERATION PROGRAM Subject code:...

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UNDERGRADUATE COOPERATION PROGRAM Subject code: ENGL 1301 Subject name: Composition 1 Instructor: Tô Minh Thanh, Ph.D. 3. 2. Noise Pollution [Langan, 2008: 160-162 ] (Original Version) 1 Natural sounds waves , wind , birdsongs —ARE so soothing [ that companies SELL tapes of them to anxious people seek ing a relaxing atmosphere at home or in the car ] . 2 One reason [ why environmental sounds ARE big business ] IS the fact [ that ordinary citizens , especially city dwellers , ARE BOMBARD ED ( Central idea ) by noise pollution ( Topic ) ] . 3 On the way to work ( Subtopic 1 ) , on the job ( Subtopic 2 ) , and on the way home ( Subtopic 3 ) , the typical urban resident MUST COPE with a continuing barrage of unpleasant sounds . 4 The noise level in an office ( Subtopic 2 ) CAN BE unbearable ( Controlling idea 2 ) . 5 From nine to five o’clock , phone and fax machines RING , computer keyboard CHATTER , intercoms BUZZ , and copy machines THUMPS back and forth . 6 [ E very time the receptionists CAN’T FIND people ] , they RESORT to a nerve-shattering public address syste m . 7 And [ because the managers WORRY about the employees morale ] , they graciously PROVIDE the endless droning of canned music . 8 This effectively ELIMINATES any possibility of a moment of blessed silence . 9 Traveling home from work ( Subtopic 3 ) PROVIDES no relief in the noisiness of the office ( Controlling idea 3 ) . 10 The ordinary sounds of blaring taxi horns and rumbling buses ARE occasionally 1
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PUNCTUATED by the ear-piercing screech of car brakes . 11 Tak ing a shortcut through the park WILL BRING the weary worker face to face with chanting religious cults , freelance musicians , screaming children , and barking dogs . 12 None of these sounds CAN COMPARE with the large radios [ ( that ) many park visitors CARR Y ] . 13 Each radio BLASTS OUT something different , from heavy-metal rock to baseball , at decibel levels so strong [ that they MAKE eardrums THROB in pain ] . 14 [ If there ARE birds singing or wind in the trees ] , the harried computer WILL never HEAR them . 15 Even a trip to work at 6 or 7 A.M. ( Subtopic 1 ) ISN’T quiet ( Controlling idea 1 ) . 16 [ No matter which route a worker TAKES ] , there IS bound to be a noisy construction site somewhere along the way . 17 Hard hats WILL SHOUT from third-story windows to warn their coworkers below before heav ing debris out and send ing it crash ing to earth . 18 Huge front-end loaders WILL CRUNCH into these piles of rubble and back up , their warning signals lett ing out loud , jarr ing beep s . 19 Air hammers BEGIN an ear-splitting chorus of rat-a-tat-tat sounds guarante ed to shatter sanity as well as concret e . 20
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This note was uploaded on 06/20/2011 for the course ECON 123 taught by Professor Mrews during the Spring '11 term at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

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