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Keeping Pets. Part 1 Warm-up Section A Dialogues Directions: Listen to the following dialogues and repeat after the recording. Then role-play them with your partner. Section B Pair work.

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Keeping pets

Keeping Pets

  • Part 1 Warm-up

  • Section A Dialogues

  • Directions: Listen to the following dialogues and repeat after the recording. Then role-play them with your partner.


Section b pair work

Section B Pair work

Directions:discuss the following questions with your partner. Try to answer them with the help of the hints.


Q 1 do you like to keep pets why or why not

Q 1: Do you like to keep pets?Why or why not?

  • Hints:

  • Yes. Tame animals, lovely and interesting, faithful, bring us a lot of fun, do sth. for us, catch mice, guard our property, do police jobs, feel lonely, interact with people, our good friends…

  • No. noisy and dirty, expensive to keep it, take it to the vet’s, buy food, devote a lot of time and energy, barking, disturb neighbors….


Q2 what kind of people are most likely to keep pets why

Q2: What kind of people are most likely to keep pets? Why?

  • Hints:

  • Retired people, lonely people, feel left out, regain a sense of importance and being needed, have much free time, kill time,

  • companion….


Q 3 what do you think would happen if everyone in china kept a pet

Q 3: What do you think would happen if everyone in China kept a pet?

  • Hints:

  • Shortage of food and other resources, limited space, noise and mess, homeless pets….


Q4 should people be discouraged from keeping pets why or why not

Q4: Should people be discouraged from keeping pets? Why or why not?

  • Hints:

  • Yes: Humanize, keepers, family members, cage birds, chain dogs…

  • No: emotional reasons, tense competition, psychological problems, best listeners, keep their lips sealed, share sorrow, anxiety…


Part ii making presentations

Part II Making Presentations

  • Directions: Now let’s move to something more specific. You’ll be shown three pictures. You will have one minute to prepare and one and a half minutes to talk about the picture.


Accompany well to do show off social trend symbol of wealth and power

Accompany, well-to-do, show off, social trend, symbol of wealth and power…


Helpless aggressive hurt weep frighten ban

Helpless, aggressive, hurt, weep, frighten, ban…


Blind lead helpful the disabled provide traffic light a guide dog

Blind, lead, helpful, the disabled, provide, traffic light, a guide dog…


Picture 1

Picture 1

  • In this picture there is a very well-to-do and fat lady walking in the street. She is accompanied by a puppy. It’s a very common social trend nowadays. Those who are wealthy often keep pets to show off. I think they don’t really love animals. They just want to find something to kill time. More likely, the animal is intended as a symbol of their power and wealth.


Picture 2

Picture 2

  • This picture describes a big black dog barking at a helpless child. The child is weeping and running away from it. I think the picture wants to tell us it is not good to keep pets, especially dogs. They are dangerous and aggressive. They will hurt people. We often read such stories in the newspaper.


Picture 3

Picture 3

  • On the contrary, my picture shows a good aspect of dog ownership. On it there is a guide dog leading a blind man across the street. It can stop at a red traffic light and go at a green one. Animals like this are very helpful to the disabled. There are other ways in which animals can help us. They provide us meat, help in farm work, and are useful in research. Animals are our good friends.


Part iii further discussion

Part III Further discussion

  • Topic: Keeping pets or not?

  • Directions: Now you are required to discuss the topic further. You will have five minutes for the discussion.


Step 1 some useful words and phrases are as follows

Step 1 Some useful words and phrases are as follows:

  • Obedient, master, comfort, favorite, hygiene, messy, get rid of, vet, bill, make better use of, disturb, be tired of, epidemic, abandon….


Step 2

Step 2

  • Try to think about the advantages and disadvantages of keeping pets. You may refer to the points below. Discuss with your partners in your group and then give an oral report.


Advantages disadvantages

1) A pet is animal kept by a person as a companion…

2) Pets are obedient to their masters…

3) Many owners feel that their pets understand them…

4)A pet in the family keeps people in closer contact with nature…

1) A pet may cause problems of hygiene…

2) Keeping pets is just a waste of time and resources..

3) Some pets are dangerous and aggressive…

4) Those who keep pets do not always treat their pets with kindness and responsibility…

Advantages Disadvantages


Step 3

Step 3

  • Record your presentation on a tape recorder. Correct your errors. Keep practicing until you feel that you can talk about this topic freely.


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