初中英语 阅读理解与完形填空（备战上海中考）Exercise22 A
Working hours are shorter,holidays are longer,and people have more time now than ever before.What do they do with it?
In both Britain and America,people watch TV for many hours each week. In America there is a very big choice. Many rich Americans have camp cars which they canuse for weekends away.Some have holiday houses in the country,and spend as much time as possible on outside activities like fishing and water-skiing. Fewer British people have camp cars or second homes,but many have gardens,where they spend a lot of their free time.Home owners often take time doing jobs round the house. There are a lot of DIY (Do It Yourself) shops all over the country where people can buy everything they need.
Last summer I went through a training program and worked as a volunteer teaching people how to read.My first student Mary was a 44-year-old single mother of three children. In the first lesson, I found out she walked two miles to the nearest supermarket twice a week because she didn't know which bus to take. When I told her I would give her a bus schedule,she told me it would not help because she could not read it.Since she did not know words,she could not write out a shopping list. Instead, she only recognized items by sight.During the training,I tried to help learn how to build her confidence,which encouraged her to continue in her studies.She began to make great progress and was even able to take the bus to the supermarket. After this successful trip,she told me how self-confident she felt.At the end of the program,she began helping her youngest son with his reading.