Unit 2 Section A Period 1 (1a —2d)
Christmas Day 圣诞节
April Fool’s Day 愚人节
What is your favourite festival? Why do you like it most? What did you do at the festival? Discussion
Listen and circle T for true or F for false. 1b • Bill thinks that the races were not that interesting to watch. • Mary thinks that the teams were fantastic. • Bill wonders whether they’ll have zongzi again next year. • Bill and Mary believe that they’ll be back next year to watch the races. T F T F T F T F
Pair Work Make a dialogue about one of the four festivals. A: What do you like best about …? B: I love the … I think that …
Free Talk Do you know anything about the four festivals?
The Water Festival is the New Year's celebrations that take place in Southeast Asian countries such as Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand as well as Yunnan, China. It is called the “Water Festival” by Westerners because people splash / pour water at one another as part of the cleansing ritual (仪式) to welcome the new year. The act of pouring water is also a show of blessings and good wishes. It is believed that on this Water Festival, everything old must be thrown away, or it will bring the owner bad luck.
The Dragon Boat Festival, also called the Duanwu Festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese calendar. For thousands of years, the festival has been marked by eating zong zi and racing dragon boats. The festival is best known for its dragon-boat races, especially in the southern provinces where there are many rivers and lakes. This Regatta (赛舟会) is given honour to the memory of the death of Qu Yuan.
The Spring Festival is the most important festival for the Chinese people and is when all family members get together, just like Christmas in the West. All people living away from home go back. The Spring Festival originated in the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600 BC-c. 1100 BC) from the people's sacrifice (献祭) to gods and ancestors at the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one.
The Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, usually in February or March in the Gregorian calendar. As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25), it had become a festival with great significance. This day's important activity is watching lanterns. Lanterns of various shapes and sizes are hung in the streets, attracting countless visitors. “Guessing lantern riddles” is an essential part of the Festival.
Listen and circle the correct words. 2a • Wu Ming and Harry are cousins / strangers / friends. • Wu Ming went to Singapore / Hong Kong / Macao for his vacation. • Wu Ming visited his relatives / friends / classmates. • Wu Ming liked eating out / shopping / the Dragon Boat Festival best.
Listen again and fill in the chart. 2b Fun activities Downsides Eating out Eating out Eating out Shopping Dragon Boat Festival in June Eating out
Free Talk Have you ever had any downsides when travelling in a place? What were they?
Pair Work Make a dialogue about a vacation, using 2c as a model.
Free Talk Have you ever been abroad? Do you know where Chiang Mai is?
It is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. It attracts over 5 million visitors each year. It’s on the list of 25 Best Destinations in the World.
Read and answer the questions. 2d • Where is Clara going? • When is Clara going to Chiang Mai? How do you know? She is goingto Chiang Mai. In April. Because Ben said April is the hottest month of the year there.
Pair Work Imagine you are going to travel in one of the cities below. Make a dialogue, using 2d as a model.
Language points 1. wonder v. 想知道 I wonder if he's eating well every day. 我想知道他是不是每天都吃得好。 I wonder what they call those flowers. 不知道那些花儿叫什么。 I wonder whether they will arrive on time. 我不知道他们能不能准时到。
I wonder ..., I don't know ... 这两个短语都可译成“不知道”。其区别是： I wonder ...作“不知道”解时, 其中含有“想知道”的意思; I don't know只是用来陈述对某事“不知道”这一事实。例如: I wonder what you call this. 不知道你们把这个叫做什么。 --- Do you know what they call this? 你知道他们把这个叫做什么吗? --- I don't know. 我不知道。
知识拓展 wonder n. 惊奇；惊愕；奇迹 There was a look of wonder in his eyes. 他眼中露出惊奇的神色。 They were filled with wonder at the new waterfall. 他们对新瀑布感到非常惊奇。 It's a wonder that the child came through without a scratch. 这孩子竟能安然无恙地脱险，真是奇迹。
wonder about 想知道; 对…感到奇怪; 考虑 wonder at 对…感到惊讶/奇怪 in wonder 在惊奇中 no wonder 难怪,怪不得 with wonder 惊奇地 the wonders of the world 世界奇观
D I wonder _____ he will come before 9:00 p.m.. A. whatB. thatC. whenD. if 【解析】主句“I wonder”(我想知道)带有疑问色彩，因此，答案不能选不带疑问意思的关联词that。又由于后半句宾语从句对时间已有所交代，而且用的come是不及物动词，不用跟宾语。故答案选if (是否) 。
C 【 2013 福建漳州 】 They wonder _____ robots will make humans lose their jobs or not. A. that B. if C. whether
2. Guess what? 意思是 “你知道吗？”、“想不到吧”、 “你猜怎么着?” 。这个句子是要告诉人家某件事之前常用的口语。说话者并无意要对方真的去猜，听者也不会真的去伤脑筋。通常对于该句型都是以What?回答。 Guess what? I got through the exam. 你猜怎么了? 我考试过关了。
A: Guess what! 你猜猜看！ B: What? 什么？ A: I am going to the mountains with my family this weekend. 这个周末我和我家人要去山上。 B: That sounds like fun. 听起来很有趣。
3. I’m going to Chiang Mai in two weeks. 根据语境，in two weeks在这句话里的意思是 “两周之后” 。 He'll be back in two weeks. 他两周后回来。 “in+ 一段时间”和将来时连用，表示“在某段时间之后”。
D (2010 河北省卷) This term _______ over. The summer vacation is coming in two weeks. A. is B. was C. has been D. will be 【解析】句义为“这学期即将结束，暑假在两星期之后就要到来。” ，故选择D。
知识拓展 “in+一段时间”和过去式连用，表示“在某段时间内” I finished my homework in 2 hours. 我两小时内做完了功课。
4. Sounds like fun. 听起来很有趣。 省略了it这个形式主语，完整的句子是：It sounds like fun. sound like 听起来像 It sound like a nice room. Can we take a look at it? 听起来房间不错，我们能看一看房间吗? Their love story sounds like a fairy tale. 他们的爱情故事听起来像童话。
知识拓展 感官动词+ like feel like 摸起来像 smell like 闻起来像 look like 看起来像 taste like 尝起来像
5. similar to 跟 ... 类似的; 与 ... 同样的 My problems are very similar to yours. 我的问题与你的差不多。 His dress is very similar to mine in colour. 他衣服的颜色和我衣服的很相似。 be similar to 的反义短语是be different from …(与……不同)
On my visit to Australia, I feel Australians are similar ______ us in many ways. A. with B. in C. to D. at — Can you tell the differences between these two pictures? — Differences? Oh, no. They look quite ______. A. different B. similar C. strange D. interesting C B
(2013山东烟台) 五、词语运用 A.根据句意和所给的中文提示，写出句子中的单词。 The customs in Qingdao are __________ （相似的）to those in Yantai. Linda is ＿＿＿ her mother in many ways. For example, they are both tall and thin. A. similar toB. kind toC. friendly to similar A