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  • Unit 5 The English CountrysideP1 Listening and Speaking ActivitiesP2 Reading Comprehension and language ActivitiesP3 Extended Activities

  • P1 Listening and Speaking Activities1.introduction of the functions Discuss the topic: Life in the city and in thevillage.Learn the following structural point

  • Asking for opinion: Giving opinion:What do you think of?Do you like?Which do you prefer?Whats your opinion of John?I thinkI guessI preferIn my opinionAccording to John, life is better in the countryside

  • Try to speak moreNote: Either say, According to someone or In someones opinion. Dont say according to someones opinion. Opinion is often used as a count noun when it means personal ideas or beliefs about a particular subject/matter/ person.break ones back (to do sth.): work very hard (to achieve sth.)

  • Make a similar conversationA What about life in the country? B like it A ask why.B peaceful and quiet.A yes but not convenient: fewer services, little entertainment.B so its very cheap to live thereA Other advantages?B Country scenery is beautiful,No pollution.

    A Hi, B What do you think of life in the country? Are you happy to be a country dweller?B Well, yes. I prefer to live in the countryA Can you tell me why?B Because life in the country is peacefuland quiet. Its very different from the citywhich is too crowed.A Yes thats true. But people say the country is not convenient. There are nobuses, no supermarkets, no banks, noparks. no theatreB Well, I dont think this is completelydisadvantage. with fewer services, andLittle entertainment, its very cheap to live there.A Are there any other advantages?B Yes , besides country scenery is beautifulYou know, the blue sky, he fresh air the clean water. there is no pollution.

  • A Agree. Any other advantages?B Country people friendlyA Agree. people know each other in village.B country life simple and naturalA yes you are right. Any advantages?B Yes I like country life also because of the people there .they are friendly.A Thats true . For example, People know each other in village.B Exactly. Country life is simple .And its good to be close to the nature.

  • Try to speak moreNote: Either say, According to someone or In someones opinion. Dont say according to someones opinion. Opinion is often used as a count noun when it means personal ideas or beliefs about a particular subject/matter/ person.break ones back (to do sth.): work very hard (to achieve sth.)

  • What are they for? Key: 1.d 2.b 3.g 4.f 5.c 6.eIf you want to learn more Key: a.2 b.1 c.7 d.6 e.3 f.4 g.5

  • Part II Reading Comprehension and Language Activities Pre-reading TasksNotesTranslationComprehension workLanguage work (A, B, C)

  • Nowadays urbanization is developing rapidly in many countries and it reflects human efforts to transform a world of cruel natural elements in favor of a modern, urban human living environment. While we are ameliorating the living conditions with many facilities, we are also losing many things. Look at the following picture and comment on what human beings have gained and lost in the process of modernization? Complete the following tasks in preparation for group discussion. Describe the rural lifestyle before the coming of locomotives and the factories. 2. With the introduction of locomotives running through the countryside and the construction of factories, what has been irreversibly changed?

  • Complete the following tasks in preparation for group discussion. Describe the rural lifestyle before the coming of locomotives and the factories.

    2. With the introduction of locomotives running through the countryside and the construction of factories, what has been irreversibly changed?

  • Work in small groups to identify important ingredients which constitute the typical English countryside as shown in the pictures below. You may use the words and expressions in the pre-reading task in the students book.

    Typical English Rural Landscape: Yorkshire English Rural Landscape in the early 20th Century

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    Traditional English Rural Landscape in the 18th Century

    Traditional English Rural Landscape in the 19th Century From the picture find out answers to the following questions: What are the elements of the landscape in the background? What are the elements in the center of the painting and picture? What are the elements in the foreground? What do you think people are doing?

  • e.g. If only I were rich. If only it would stop raining. If only I had gone by taxi.if only: 1) used to express a wish with reference to present or future time; 2) used to express a wish that past events had been different

  • e.g. Make yourself at home!After a while we began to feel at home with each other.feel/be at home in/with: to feel comfortable in a place or with a person

  • e.g. The little boy stretched out his arm to take the candies on the top of the shelf.She stretched her neck up to find her lost sister in the crowd.stretch out: to put out your hand, foot etc in order to reach something

  • e.g. For the most part, she is a well-behaved child.For the most part, people seemed pretty friendly.for the most part: usually; in general; used to say that something is generally true but not completely true

  • e.g. The situation does not permit of delay.permit of: (esp. in negative sentences) admit sth. as possible

  • e.g. The library is a favorite haunt of college students.a haunt of criminalshaunt: n. a place that someone likes to go to often

  • Comprehension work (Questions for discussion )Where do the majority of Englishmen prefer to live? What is the popular idea of an English village? What is the general conception of an English farm? Compare with rivers on the Continent, what are the English rivers like?

  • Comprehension work (Questions for discussion )How do these rivers influence the lives of people who live near them? Where did the writer once live?What could he see from his doorway?Why couldnt he see the mountains in the distance? Could he always follow the course of the Severn with his eyes?What effect did the Severn produce on the writer?

  • Language work (A, p. 66)subjects, course, ample stretch out, overlook, lowland valley, clustered, occupations homestead, sheltered farm-hands, haunt influenced, subtle, consciousness

  • Language work (B, p.66)When we lived in the country, we had a commodious house. Each individual's contribution to the fund seemed insignificant, but the total sum was very large indeed. Many women in the countryside still carry on such homely crafts as making jam and weaving baskets. I could not fully understand the lecture because the speaker made a number of subtle distinctions.

  • Language work (B, p.66)A poet often has the ability to convey to his readers his own sensuous experiences. When the birds were set free, they flew out of the cage and looked very much at home in the trees. The rainforest in this tropical area is for the most part dark and wet. The new software permits faster processing of data by the computer.

  • Language work (C, p.67)1.a. She was born in the US, but she is essentially more Chinese than American. b. Richard is essentially a soft, caring person, although he looks quite tough. c. John is essentially more a scholar than a politician.

  • Language work (C, p.67)2.a. After the accident, she became more or less handicapped, and lost her job in the factory. b. The new student seems more or less familiar with the subject, so let him join the discussion. c. The children in the mountainous village grow up more or less in freedom.

  • Language work (C, p.67)3.a. Judged by national standards, the so-called "Great Hotel is only a small inn. b. Judged by modern moral standards, Songjiang's reconciliation with the government is sensible in some aspects. c. Judged by Chinese standards, these rivers are only small creeks.

  • Language work (C, p.67)4.a. Some new scientific advances may have unpleasant side effects, as in the case of the nuclear radioactivity. b. Some big rivers are often regarded as the origins of human civilization, as in the case of the Huanghe River and the Nile. c. Many scientific discoveries come out in dreams, as in the case of the sewing machine.

  • Language work (C, p.67)5.a. Walking down the road, we can see sharply contrasting views, tall and new buildings on the one hand, old and shabby houses on the other. b. Looking out of the window, you can see snowy mountains on the one hand and an icy river on the other. c. Going through the students writing, the teacher discovered how creative the students were on the one hand, but how poor their basic writing skills were on the other.

  • Language work (C, p.67)6.a. Nobody would mind the lecture being interrupted with interesting questions from time to time. b. We would stop and ask for directions from time to time, as we were in a new city.c. The white sails of the fishing boats are obscured from time to time by mist and cloud.

  • Part III Extended Activities DictationRead moreGrammar workWord formationVocabulary workTranslation

  • DictationScript of the Dictation There is no place like the English countryside for those who love it: its firm yet gentle lines of hills and valleys, its ordered confusion of features, its parks and lowland, its ancient castles and houses, its cottages and churches, its farms and trees, its pools and ponds and shining rivers all present a peaceful and lovely sight. Much of the countryside is of course farmland but there are often paths through the fiel