AN INTEGRATED ENGLISH COURSE. Gao Yufen English Department R-406 Nancy5815@sina.com 84724483. Unit 4. Text 1 Why I Want a Wife. Teaching Points. I. Pre-reading discussion and presentation II. Introduction III. Text Analysis IV. Questions V. Structural analysis and Rhetorical features
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Text 1 Why I Want a Wife
The writer introduces her identity in the first
paragraph and starts her bitter satire, in the
second paragraph, on those men desiring for a
wife who fits in with their ideal notions by
pretend that she would like to have a wife with
all possible virtues.
1. incidentally ~ in a way that was not planned, but as a result of something else
2. ex-wife ~ former wife
Here Syfers divides a wife's duties and responsibilities into various functions or services ac- cording to the ideal notions most men are likely to have for a wife.
3. if need be ~ if necessary
4. keep track of ~ to have accurate and up-to-date information about something all the time
Make sure that you get here before eight tomorrow morning.
Before you start to fill in the form, make sure you fully understand the instructions.
It is hard to resist peer pressure.
He is popular with his peers.
7. rambling ~ ( of a speech, writing) disordered and wandering
I've just had this rambling, incoherent letter from my sister.
His actions were accompanied by a rambling monologue.
8. hors d'oeuvres ~ savory food served in small amounts at the beginning of a meal
Let me replenish your glass.
Food stocks were replenished by imports from the USA.
10. sensitive to ~ strongly or easily influenced or changed by
She is sensitive to the change of weather.
His reply showed he was very sensitive to criticism.
11. clutter up ~ to make untidy or confused, especially by filling with useless or unwanted things
This room is so impressive that it would be a shame to clutter it up.
She says she deliberately tries not to clutter up her mind.
The changed outlook entails higher economic growth than was previously assumed.
Repairing the roof will entail spending a lot of money.
13. adherence to ~ acting in accordance (with something) ; following (something)
He was noted for his strict adherence to the rules.
The villagers' adherence to their religious beliefs impressed all the visitors.
mono- ~ one, single
Other examples: monologue, monolingual
The writer states a wife's status in a
15. replace ... with ~ to change one for another, often better, newer, etc.
The writer asks two questions in this essay, one in the second paragraph and the other at the end of the essay. What is the value of each of these two questions?
: The first question "Why do I want a wife?" leads to the main body of the essay -- a wife's duties and responsibilities. The last rhetorical question "My God, who wouldn't want a wife?" satirically concludes the essay.