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Unit 2. The universal language. Reading 1. Turandot in Beijing. It’s a review of an opera. Turandot in Beijing. Lead-in. What’s a review?

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Unit 2

The universal language

Reading 1

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Turandot in Beijing

It’s a review of an opera.

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Turandot

in Beijing

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Lead-in

  • What’s a review?
  • A review is a report or an essay giving some information as well as some opinion or ideas about a book, performance, a painting or something similar.
prediction what do you expect to read in a review of an opera
PredictionWhat do you expect to read in a review of an opera?

background information

characters

plot

opinion

task1 reading strategy reading a review of an opera
Task1: Reading strategy: Reading a review of an opera
  • What should we pay attention to while reading a review of an opera?

1. A review of opera usually starts with some background information.

2. Talk about the story---the characters and the plot.

3.The review can give some other important information about the opera such as the actor’s names.

4. A comment---- lots of words that describe feelings.

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Task1: Reading strategy:

1. Background information: (Para1-2)

Turandot is a world-famous ____________ written by __________.

It was performed in _______________.

opera

Giacomo Puccini

the Forbidden City

Turandot: ['tuərəndɔt] 图兰朵

Giacomo Puccini['dʒa:kɔ:mɔ: pu'tʃ:ni] L1

贾科莫.普契尼(意大利歌剧作曲家)

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Task1: Reading strategy:

2. The story: (Para3-7)

Main characters:

Turandot: a stubborn and cruel Chinese princess (L13)

Calaf [‘ka:la:f]卡拉夫: a prince who falls in love with Turandot (L22)

Liu柳儿: a young slave of Calaf’s father who loves Calaf (L24)

The plot: Detailed reading

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Task1: Reading strategy:

3.Other important information (Para8)

Zhang Yimou L47

Director

Conductor

Zubin Mehta ['zu:bin' meitə]L46

祖宾.梅塔(著名指挥家,出生于印度)

Actors and actresses:

Sharon Sweet [‘ʃærən 'swi:t]莎伦.斯威L48-Turandot

Barbara Hendricks [‘ba:brə 'hendriks]L49--Liu

芭芭拉.亨德里克斯(美国女高音歌唱家)

Kristjan Johannsson [‘krisdʒn 'jəʊhænsn] L50 –Calaf克里斯蒂安.约翰松(冰岛男高音歌唱家)

the structure of the passage
The structure of the passage

The passage can be divided into four parts. Find out the main idea of each part.

Part 1(Para 1-2)

Part 2(Para 3-7)

Part 3(Para 8)

Part 4(Para 9)

Background information

The story

Other information about the opera

Comment

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Task1: Reading strategy:

4. A general comment (Para9) ---

wonderful L52

amazing L55

* The performance was_____________. (L3)

splendid

* The could not be a more________ setting. (L9)

awesome

* The weather was also __________ for a performance outdoors. (L10)

perfect

best

* The production combined the very ______ of Western and Chinese talents. (L45)

* The music was conducted by Zubin Mehta, a _______conductor. (L46)

superb

excellent

* L50: They were________

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Task 2:Scanning--PartA

1. What is Turandot?

It is a world-famous opera written by Giacomo Puccini between 1920 and 1924.

L1, L5

2. What decision does Calaf make when

he first sees Turandot?

Calaf falls in love with Turandot at first sight and decides to solve the riddles so that he can marry her. L22-23

3. What happens at the end of the story?

At the end of the story, Calaf and

Turandot unite in marriage. L40

read the review again and answer
Read the review again and answer.

Who was the author of Turandot?

Giacomo Puccini, an Italian. L5

2. Why does the writer think that the Forbidden City is a good setting for Turandot?

Because you could almost feel the history---Turandot is a story which happened in the Forbidden.L9, L14

Task 3:Detailed reading—Part C1,C2

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3. What kind of person is Turandot?

She is stubborn and cruel. L13

4. What has Turandot’s father promised her?

He has promised to allow Turandot to choose her own husband. L15

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5. What happens to the prince who cannot answer the princess’s riddles?

He is killed. L19

6. What does Calaf say will happen if Turandot can guess his name by sunrise?

She will not have to marry him, but can have him killed. L30

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C2: How familiar are you with the story of Turandot? Put the events of Part C2 on page 20 in the correct order.

Answers:

5 4 7 2 1 8 3 6

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7. What does Liu do to protect Calaf and his father?

Liu claims that she alone knows Calaf’s name, but resists telling Tuandot. L32-33

8. What makes the production amazing?

The bringing together of a group

of people from many countries, the

music and the grand setting. L53-55

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Post-reading:

Match the new word of Part D on page 21 with the meaning.

Answer:

1 f 2 c 3 g 4 a 5 b 6 d 7 e

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Complete the e-mail of Part E on page 21.

Answers:

1. _____________ 2. _____________

3. _____________ 4. _____________

5. _____________ 6. _____________

7. _____________ 8. _____________

stubborn

merciful

dare

fall in love

demand

unwilling

butterflies

awesome

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Work in groups

Talk about a Western or a Chinese opera that you are familiar with. You can introduce the main characters, the setting and the plot. Or you can talk about the actors or actresses, the director and the conductor.

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1. Do you agree that music is an international language? Why or why not?

2. How important do you think music is for people today?

3. Have you been to any musical events or seen any on TV? If you have, what did you think of them?

Discussion

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Homework

1. Fill in the form in Parts A , B and C

of listening on page 114 of the

workbook.

2. Find the important words and

expressions in Reading.