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hints for careful studies of textbook 2

Hints for Careful Studies of Textbook 2

New College English

Integrated Course 2

Meng Ling



Titles of the Units Topic Areas

1. Ways of Learning About Education

2. Values Celebrities

3. The Generation Gap The relation

between parents and children

4. The Virtual World Computer World

5. Overcoming Obstacles Olympics

6. Women, Half the Sky Women’s liberation, Feminism

7. Learning about English Language

8. Protecting Our Environment Pollution,Environment

unit 1 ways of learning
Unit 1 Ways of Learning

■ Theme: Different learning styles

■ The Main Idea: It would be ideal if we can strike a balance between the Chinese and the Western learning styles.

■ Structure of the Text: introduction of the topic by an anecdote – elaboration by comparison and contrast – conclusion by a suggestion

■ Coverage:

P2 Text A; P10 Points for Discussion; P13 Language Focus; P28 Theme-Related Language Learning Tasks; P29 Essay writing; P287 Model Paper

■ Warming-up/leading-in, student-involving and thought-provoking questions:
  • If you find a two-year-old boy is trying to put a key into a box, will you help him immediately?
  • Can you recall how your parents taught you in your childhood? Did they like to teach you by holding your hand?
  • Which way did you prefer when you were in trouble with one of your toys in your childhood, turning to your parents for help, or exploring by yourselves?
detailed questions for discussions in the text
Detailed questions for discussions in the text:

Para 1-5

-- Where and when did the incident take place?

-- Who are the main characters in this incident?

-- What is the attitude of the author and his wife toward Benjamin’s efforts in inserting the key in to the slot?

-- What is the attitude of the hotel staff toward Benjamin’s efforts?

Para 6-10

-- Can you sum up the contrast between Chinese and Western ways to learn to fulfill a task?

Para 11 to 13

-- Can you sum up the contrast between the Chinese and the Western attitudes toward creativity and basic skills?


1. What do you think is more important, creativity or basic skills?

2. How do you comment on the learning methods you used in high school?

3. Are you employing new learning methods helpful to the study of college courses? What are they?

4. In your opinion, can we find a better way to approach

education, which strikes a better balance between the

poles of creativity and basic skills?

proverbs and quotations
Proverbs and Quotations

1. There is no end to learning.


2. What is learned in the cradle is carried to the grave.


3. Questioning is the door of knowledge.


4. No man ever yet became great by imitation.

-- Samuel Johnson, British lexicographer and writer


-- 英国词典编纂者和作家 塞缪尔·约翰逊

5.I forget what I was taught, I only remember what I have learned.

-- Patrick White, British novelist


-- 英国小说家 P. 怀特

unit 1 essay writing
Unit 1 Essay Writing

Comparison and Contrast in Writing


Comparison and contrast come in three different ways.

● Comparison: You are asked to explain how two or more things are alike.

● Contrast:You are asked to explain how two ormorethings are different.

● Comparison and contrast:You are asked to explain how two or more things are alike and different.


Comparison and Contrast in Writing

An Example

Here are two different ways (T-Chart and Venn Diagram) to organize information. As an example, we will look at the Smilodon and the Caribou -- two animals that lived during the Ice Ages.

1.The T-Chart:

Characteristics Smilodon Caribou

environment the Arctic the Arctic

diet meat plants

weapons teeth, claw antlers, hooves

teeth sharp, pointed blunt, rounded

animal group mammal mammal

when it lived Ice Ages Ice Ages to present


Comparison and Contrast in Writing

An Example

2. The Venn Diagram:


1. Compare: How were the caribou and the smilodon alike?

2. Contrast: How were the smilodon and the caribou different?


Comparison and Contrast in Writing

An Example

2. The Venn Diagram:

The caribou and the smilodon were both mammals. The smilodon lived in the Arctic regions during the Ice Ages, as did the caribou. Like the smilodon, the caribou was able to protect itself from predators.


Comparison and Contrast in Writing

An Example

2. The Venn Diagram:

Although the caribou and the smilodon were both mammals, they were very different in many ways. The caribou was a plant-eater, unlike the smilodon, which ate meat. The caribou had blunt, rounded teeth for eating plants, whereas the smilodon had sharp, pointed ones. The smilodon became extinct at the end of the Ice Ages, in contrast to the caribou, which still lives in the Arctic regions today.


Comparison and Contrast in Writing

Useful Expressions for Comparison and Contrast

Comparison Contrast

like unlike

the same as in contrast to

alike different from

similar less

likewise whereas

and, as well as however

also, too but

just as, as do,

as did, as does as opposed to

both on the other hand

unit 2 values
Unit 2 Values

■Theme:Values: a person’s principles or standards of behavior and his/her judgment of what is important in life.

■The Main Idea: Despite his wealth,Sam Walton remains down-home and devoted to his team.


P32 Text A; P39 Points for Discussion; P42 Language Focus; P58 Theme-Related Language Learning Tasks; P58 Essay writing; P289 Model Paper

■Warming-up/leading-in, student-involving and thought-provoking questions:

●If you should become the richest man or woman in China, what kind of life do you think you would live?

● Some people believe, “There is only one success ­­ to be able to spend your own life in your own way.” Do you agree? Give your reasons.

  • Sam Walton was the richest man in America. However, he was able to carry on like plain folks and get away with it. Do you think it’s strange? Why or why not?

2. What were Sam Walton’s ideas about what is important in life as revealed in the essay?

proverbs and quotations1
Proverbs and Quotations

1. A thousand-mile trip begins with one step.


2. As the touchstone tries gold, so gold tries men.


3. Easy come, easy go.


4. Money is not the root of all evils as is usually claimed; what is the root of all evils is the lust for money, that is the excessive, selfish and greedy pursuit of money.

-- Nathaniel Hawthorn, American writer


-- 美国作家 N. 霍桑

5. All for one, one for all.

-- Alexandra Dumas, French writer


-- 法国作家 大仲马

a summary of the writing techniques
A Summary of the Writing Techniques

To make a character portrait convincing, an author must refrain from telling readers directly what the person is like. Instead, he/she lets readers deduce.

Of all the methods of indirect description, the one used most frequently in Text A is quotation.

The author quotes not only Sam Walton himself, but also his townsfolk and colleagues.

The text begins with an anecdote: how waiter Jamie Beaulieu had anticipated a lavish mansion at the Waltsons, only to find an ordinary-looking household. This kind of beginning lures readers to go on. There are other anecdotes, like how Sam Waltson forget his wallet and insisted on fetching it to pay the local barber, and how he lost 4 straight games after a Wal-Mart employee asked him a question about pricing.
Sam Walton is a folksy guy, of which a lot of examples are given. Examples of how generous an employer he is are also plentiful.

Jamie Beaulieu’s anticipation and the reality he later found out form a contrast. It reveals Sam Walton’s down-home characteristics. When retired company president Ferold F. Arend compared Sam Walton with his previous employer, we appreciate further Sam Walton’s generosity.

unit 3 the generation gap
Unit 3 The Generation Gap

■Theme:The generation gap

■ The Main Idea: Father meddled in children’s affairs with good intention, but only to find his efforts unwelcome.

■ Structure of the Text: three settings, three scenes


P66 Text A; P77 Points for Discussion; P80 Language Focus; P94 Theme-Related Language Learning Tasks; P95 Essay writing; P295 Model Paper

■Warming-up/leading-in, student-involving and thought-provoking questions:

●Is there a generation gap between you and your parents?

●What will you do if you have different opinions with your parents?

●What are the major components of a play?


1.What do you think causes the generation gap?

2.What can be done to solve the problem of the generation gap?

proverbs and quotations2
Proverbs and Quotations
  • Like father, like son.


2. Spare the rod and spoil the child.


3. Train up a child in the way he should go.


4. Mother’s darlings make but milksop heroes.


5. All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.

-- Abraham Lincoln, American president


-- 美国总统 A. 林肯

6. If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.

-- John Bunyan, British essayist


-- 英国散文家 J. 班扬

7. The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.

-- Bertrand Russell, British philosopher


-- 英国哲学家 B. 罗素

writing practice
Writing Practice

Difference Between Speech And Writing

Write a dialogue between Li Ping and Helen on the basis of the following passage.

Li Ping is a Chinese student in the US. He is invited to a party for the first time. He does not know what he should talk about at a party. He asks his friend, Helen, for advice. Helen thinks that at a party people sometimes talk about sports, and current events. She believes that talking about China will be a good topic and people will like it. She also warns Li Ping not to ask about people’s income because it is too personal.

Li Ping: Helen, I’m going to a party tonight. But I’ve no idea what I should talk about. Can you give me some advice?
  • Helen: Sure. At a party people sometimes talk about sports, and current events.
  • Li Ping: I see. What else can I talk about?
  • Helen: You can talk about China.
  • Li Ping: That’s a good topic.
  • Helen: Yes. I’m sure they’ll like it.
  • Li Ping: Are there any questions I should avoid asking?
  • Helen: You shouldn’t ask questions about people’s income.
  • Li Ping: Why can’t I ask about their income?
  • Helen: Because it’s too personal.
  • Li Ping:I see. Thanks a lot, Helen.
  • Helen: Glad I can help.
unit 4 the virtual world
Unit 4 The Virtual World

■Theme:The virtual life

■ The Main Idea: Despite the many negative effects of virtual life, the author prefers it to real life.

■ Structure of the Text: contrast between virtual life and real life


P101 Text A; P106 Points for Discussion; P110 Language Focus; P124 Theme-Related Language Learning Tasks; P124 Essay writing; P298 Model Paper

■Warming-up/leading-in, student-involving and thought-provoking questions:

●What are the antonyms of “virtual world” and “virtual life”?

●What are the synonyms for “virtual world”?

●What can people do on the Internet?

●What do you usually do on the Internet, and what websites do you usually log on?

essay writing
Essay Writing

Inductive generalization

In developing a paragraph by means of the inductive generalization, the writer presents particular instances of a like kind and leads them into valid generalization which serves as his topic sentences. Thus, in the inductive pattern, the topic sentence is likely to appear late in the paragraph, often at the end. The result may be referred to as a periodic paragraph, which, like a periodic sentence, cannot be considered structurally complete at any point before the end.

proverbs and quotations3
Proverbs and Quotations
  • Lack of work brings a thousand diseases.


2. Time and tide wait for no man.


3. Don’t burn the candle at both ends.


4. People need to know one another to be at their honest best.

--Bobbins Staca, British writer


--英国作家 R. 斯达卡


As an early-morning pastime, Susie, my tortoise-colored kitten, would frequent the utility room, swing open the small metal door on the gas heater, and peer at the mechanism inside. During the daytime her favorite toy was not the usual ball of the yarn, but a small musical top. And late at night, when there was sometimes a gentle tapping in the study next to my bedroom, the cause proved the same: in the darkness a soft little paw was playing feline rhythms on the key of my typewriter. For a kitten, Susie had an unusual interest in mechanical things.

1. What is the conclusion?

For a kitten, Susie had an unusual interest in mechanical things.

2. How does the author draw this conclusion?

By three examples of the kitten’s interest.

3. Analyze Text A and explain how the author uses the technique of induction


5. When one loves one’s art no service seems too hard.

--O. Henry, American novelist

一旦热爱自己的工作, 什么奉献也不难。

--美国小说家 欧.亨利

6.No matter how strong you are, how notable your attainments, you have enduring significance only in your relationship to others. --Ziegler Edward, American writer

不管你有多么强大, 你的成就多么辉煌, 只有保持你与他人之间的关系, 这一切才会有持久的意义

--美国作家 Z.爱德华

unit 5 overcoming obstacles
Unit 5 Overcoming Obstacles

■Theme:Overcoming obstacles

■ The Main Idea: Dreaming and hard work helped Michael Stone on his way to success.

■ Structure of the Text: narration with a flashback


P147 Text A; P153 Points for Discussion; P156 Language Focus; P172 Theme-Related Language Learning Tasks; P172 Essay writing; P301 Model Paper

■Warming-up/leading-in, student-involving and thought-provoking questions:

Group Discussion

A. Discuss in groups the obstacles that you have been faced with in your life.

B. Discuss in groups the ways in which you overcame such difficulties.

C. Discuss in groups the problems that you still have in overcoming these obstacles.


Imagine that you have received unlimited funds to start your own foundation. Brainstorm:

1. How would you like to start it?

2. Who would benefit from your foundation, and how?

3. What special programs would your foundation offer, and why?

detailed questions for discussions in the text1
Detailed questions for discussions in the text:

Para 1-2

-- Use your own words to draw a picture of the stadium on that day, including the weather, Michael’s appearance and inner feeling, the audience’s response, etc.

-- Use your own words to describe what kind of event the pole vault is.

Para 3-5

-- From the description of Michael’s parents, what can you learn about his parents?

-- Brainstorm the various obstacles Michael might face during the hard training.

-- What individual characteristics should Michael’s success be attributed to?

Para 6-12

-- What’s Michael’s reaction before and after the bar?

Para 13

-- Why does the author keep the secret about Michael’s blindness until the last sentence?

-- Who would you admire better, a Michael Stone with a sound body or a blind Michael Stone?


1. Work in pairs and find out those details about Michael Stone that show him to be his mother’s boy or his father’s son.

2. Discuss in groups: Dreaming and hard work, which is more important to a person’s success? Why?


Writing Skills

As the text consists of the main story and a flashback, the narration has to switch from the ongoing competition to earlier events and then return to the ongoing competition. How does the author manage to make these parts in the text flow smoothly?

1.One way is to repeat a key word in the last sentence of a paragraph in the first sentence of the next paragraph, e.g.

It also has the element of flying, and the thought of flying as high as a two-story building is a mere fantasy to anyone watching such an event.

As long as Michael could remember he had always dreamed of flying.


2.Another way is to pick up a key idea from a previous paragraph and repeat it in the sentence introducing the next paragraph, e.g.

All of Michael’s vaults today seemed to be the reward for his hard work.


1. If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.

-- Joshuas Reynolds, American female essayist

如果你很有天赋,勤勉会使其更加完善;如果你能力一般,勤勉会补足其缺陷。 -- 美国女散文家 J.雷诺兹

2. It never will rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.

-- G. Eliot, British novelist


-- 英国小说家 G.艾略特

3.Genius only means hard-working all one’s life.

-- Mendeleyev,Russian chemist

天才只意味着终身不懈的努力。 -- 俄国化学家 门捷列夫

4. Few things are impossible in themselves; and it is often for want of will, rather than of means, that man fails to succeed. -- La Rocheforcauld, French writer


-- 法国作家 罗切福考尔德

essay writing1
Essay Writing

Describing a Person

Some Useful Expressions

A. Hair:

  • dark (grey, greying, blond, brown, carrot-red, red) hair
  • curly (wavy, straight)
  • thick (thin) hair
  • long (short, shoulder-length) hair
  • have a large bald patch
  • wear one's hair braided (辫成麻花状的) in long pigtails
  • tie one's hair back in a pony tail
  • wear one's hair in a tight bun (发髻)
  • hair hangs loose
B. Build:
  • skinny
  • be of average build
  • well-built
  • plump (肥胖的), heavy, obese (肥胖的)
  • dwarfish (比较矮小的)
  • be of average height
  • have hunched shoulders (驼背)
  • straight back
C. Face:
  • a high (narrow) forehead
  • bushy eyebrows
  • round (narrow, small, beady) eyes
  • double-fold eyelid
  • a flat (pointed) nose
  • thick (thin) lips
  • rosy cheeks
  • square jaw
  • a fair (dark) complexion
  • wear heavy (light) make-up
  • freckles (a mole, a scar) on the face
  • grow a beard (a moustache, sideburns)
D. Character:

● ambitious

● cheerful

● clever

● flexible

● generous

● hardworking

● insensitive

● lazy

● mean

● punctual

● sensitive

● shy

● unreliable

unit 6 women half the sky
Unit 6 Women, Half the Sky

■Theme:Women’s role

■ The Main Idea: The belief in superwomen encourages average women to achieve their goals.


P176 Text A; P183 Points for Discussion; P186 Language Focus; P201 Theme-Related Language Learning Tasks; P201 Essay writing; P306 Model Paper

■ Warming-up/leading-in, student-involving and thought-provoking questions:
  • What do you think of Mao Zedong’s saying that women hold up half the sky?
  • Why is it more difficult for women to move up in society?
  • Do you think society still discriminates against women?
  • In your view, how could we achieve the goal that men and women become true equal?
detailed questions for discussions in the text2
Detailed questions for discussions in the text:

-- Why is the author still so fascinated by modern superwomen tales?

-- What different opinions do people usually hold about men and women?

-- Does the author believe she could become a superwoman someday?

-- What are the positive sides of superwomen stories?


1. If you had a second life, which one would you prefer to be, a man or a woman? Why?

2. Can you persuade men that women should have great control over their own lives and over society? And for what reasons?

3. Should women have equal job opportunities with men?

4. Can you name some successful women to back up that women are not second-class citizens? What are their common characteristics?

proverbs and quotations4
Proverbs and Quotations

1. Something attempted, something done.

有所尝试, 就有所作为。

2. The sense of existence is the greatest happiness.


3. We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.


4. Fortune never helps the man whose courage fails.


5. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.


6. The important thing in life is to have a great aim, and the determination to attain it.

-- J.W. Goethe, German poet


-- 德国诗人 J.W.歌德

unit 7 learning about english
Unit 7 Learning about English

■Theme: English

■ The Main Idea: Because of its tolerance for outside influences, English has become a great language.


P206 Text A; P214 Points for Discussion; P217 Language Focus; P232 Theme-Related Language Learning Tasks; P233 Essay writing; P308 Model Paper

■ Warming-up/leading-in, student-involving and thought-provoking questions:
  • What do you think has made English “the first truly global language”?
  • What are the differences between American English and British English?
  • What factors contribute to the spread of English?
  • Can you predict the future of English?
proverbs and quotations5
Proverbs and Quotations
  • Speech is silver, silence is gold.


2. Speech is the index/picture of the mind.


3. Speech shows what a man is.


4. A foreign language is a weapon in the struggle of life.

-- Karl Marx, German philosopher


--德国哲学家 K.马克思

5. Grammar must be learned through language, and not language through grammar.

-- Johann G. Herdor, German philosopher


--德国哲学家 J.G. 赫尔德

6. Speech is a mirror of soul; as a man speaks, so is he.

-- Ephraem Syrus, American writer


--美国作家 E.塞拉斯

graph writing
Graph Writing

The composition should be in three paragraphs:

1) introduce the causes;

2) report the information given in the graph;

3) conclude the composition by giving some suggestions.

some useful expressions in graph writing
Some useful expressions in graph writing

1) The picture shows…

2) This table shows the differences between…

3) The diagram represents…

4) The chart above indicates…

5) The information represented in the graph indicates…

6) As can be seen from the chart, …

7) As is shown in the bar graph, there were…

8) From the diagram it can be seen clearly that…

9) From these figures one can easily see that…

10) According to the graph given above, we can see that…

11) This is an illustration of…/a typical example of…

12) There was a great/slight increase/rise.

13) There has been a sudden/slow/rapid fall/drop…

14) Take the above chart as an example,…


An example

Write a composition entitled “Leading Causes of Road Accidents in China”. The composition should be based on the following graph.

Percentage of Accidents

Motor Vehicles BicyclesPedestrians Others

Your composition should be in three paragraphs:


Leading Causes of Road Accidents in China

With the development of the cities, the road accident is becoming a more and more serious problem in China. The information represented in the graph, which depicts the leading causes of road accidents in China, indicates that most accidents are caused by motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.

In the graph we can clearly see that motor vehicles are responsible for the largest part of road accidents, namely about 50% of them. Bicycles account for 35% of the accidents and pedestrians caused nearly 10%. These statistics indicate that motor vehicles have to some extent become a threat to the security of whole society, which endangers people’s lives.


Leading Causes of Road Accidents in China

Since we know that motor vehicles are the leading cause of road accidents in China, we should take some measures to improve the situation. First, we should make a law to punish any violators of traffic regulations. Then, cyclists should use hand signals to warn other road users of their intentions. Last but not least, the department concerned should educate ordinary people to walk on a zebra crossing or overpass when they cross a street. All in all, it’s time for us to attach great importance to this problem.

unit 8 protecting our environment
Unit 8 Protecting Our Environment

■Theme: Environment protection

■ The Main Idea: We should adopt a sensible environmentalism.

■ Structure of the Text: each part containing a contrast


P238 Text A; P246 Points for Discussion; P249 Language Focus; P265 Theme-Related Language Learning Tasks; P265 Essay writing; P312 Model Paper

proverbs and quotations6
Proverbs and Quotations
  • The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt, American president


-- 美国总统 富兰克林•罗斯福

2. Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.

-- William Wordsworth, British poet


-- 英国诗人 威廉姆•华尔华斯

3. Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.

-- Francis Bacon, British philosopher


-- 英国哲学家 弗朗西斯•培根

4. One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

-- Shakespeare, British poet and playwright


-- 英国诗人,剧作家 莎士比亚