Unit 5 Traveling Abroad
The first period Warming up and Speaking
Enable the Ss to talk about traveling and studying abroad
Enable the Ss to talk about probability and improbability with the target language
Teaching important and difficult points
Practice expressing probability and improbability
Task-based method; Discussing; Brainstorming and Speaking
A projector and computer
Step 1 Warming up
1).Talk about questions below:
Did you watch the TV series about four Chinese students who live and study in Canada?
How will you describe their life there?
Do you want to study abroad like them?
2). Traveling abroad and studying abroad are very popular nowadays, as many people can afford to travel and study in a foreign country. If you could go anywhere in the world, which country would you like to visit and why? Turn to Page 37. Work in groups discuss and answer the questions in Warming-up.
After discussion, ask several Ss to report their answers to the class.
3). What kind of thing would you learn best by being a tourist in the country you talked about and what would you learn best by working or studying there?
4). Suppose you are going to spend two years in America, how difficult or easy do you think it is to adjust to living there? What kind of difficulties might you experience? And how will you overcome them?
Step 2 Speaking
Deal with Speaking Task in the workbook. Let the Ss practice expressing probability and improbability.
“Well, we talked about the things that we could learn while traveling or studying in a foreign country. Then, what kind of problems or dangers could happen while traveling in a foreign country? Now list the dangers and problems on a piece of paper.
Possible answers: have difficulty communicating with the local people; lose your way; get robbed; have your money stolen; traffic accident; get sick; race discrimination—
Let the Ss speak out the problems and dangers they have written and write all of them on the Book.
Then ask them discuss which situations could possibly happen and which are very unlikely to happen. You can use expressions in Activity 2 in your discussion. Let’s go through the expressions first.
After discussion, let the Ss to rank the situations on their lists 1-3 from unlikely to very possible.
Ask them go give suggestions respectively.
Step 4 Talking
Deal with talking task in the workbook
It’s very important to know how to deal with problems while traveling in a foreign county, It is important to make good preparations before you go there. Here is a question : How do you find information that is helpful for your trip? Think about it. ( travel agency, search on the Internet)
Good idea, if you don’t have enough money for overseas trip, how would ou arrage your trip?____-_- youth hostels
Nowadays many young people manage to travel around the world with limited amount of money. The youth hostels make it possible. Have you heard about it? What kind of service do they offer? Let’s find more information about it. Turn to page 78. Mei Jie is planning a three-week holiday in Ital and France. She has been using the Internet to find out information for her trip. Look at the web page. It is from the web site where she searched for information. Read the web page carefully and discuss the questions in groups.
Check them orally
Step 5 Assignment
Ask Ss read the passage on page 38. look up the new words in the dictionary.
Period 2 & 3
Reading and learning about language
Keep it up, fit in, board, cafeteria, lecture, qualification, preparation, shopkeeper, comfort, substitute, academic, requirement, essay, tutor, numb, acknowledge, as far as one is concerned, feel at home, occupy, hopefully, enterprise, succeed
Xie Lei, who is 21years old, has come to our university to complete a business qualification.
It’s not just study that’s difficult. You have to get used to a whole new way of life., which can take up all your concentration in the beginning.
I have been so occupied getting used to everything that I haven’t had time for social activities.
I’m going to join a few university clubs and hopefully I’ll meet some people I have things in common with.
Enable the Ss to learn about Xie Lei’s school life in London
Help The Ss learn how to deal with problems that they would face when studying in a foreign country.
Teaching important and difficult points:
Help Ss to summarize the benefits and difficulties of living in a foreign country.
Skimming, scanning, task-based method and discussion
A recorder, a projector, and a computer
“We‘ve talked about traveling abroad in the last period. Have you ever traveled in another country? Who’d like to tell us your experience?” (To lead in the difficulties when traveling abroad, If no one goes abroad before, just share points according to a familiar TV series telling the story of Chinese students in Canada.)
Talk about studying in a foreign country. First present two pieces of news to start with.
Show the news on the screen.(What can you learn from the two news items?)
----security problems while studying abroad.
On Dec 6tth 2005, two Chinese overseas students were killed in Ottawa, Canada. They were shot at a bar, one was sot dead at once, the other died during the way to the hospital. It was said the murder was Vietnamese.
Xinhua News Agency) A car accident happened to a group of Chinese overseas students in New Zealand on Sep 7th, 2005. New Zealand police said that the car accident happened in the early morning, one student, Xiao Ding, died on the spot, the other four students were hurt. Now two of them are still in hospital.
As we know, now more and more people live or study abroad, even some senior or junior high school students are sent to study abroad. Do you know why?
(Learn advanced tech; know more different cultures, enlarge knowledge and improve ability)
Besides the security problems, what are other problems they might meet in their study and daily life? Now lets learn a text about a Chinese girl studying in London. First, please turn to page37, look at the pictures and discuss the questions above them.
Advantage & disadvantage respectively
I. Skimming to find the main idea of each paragraph and answer the questions in Comprehending 1.
1. What is Xie Lei in England for ? How long has she been in England?
Xie Lei is an England for a degree course. She has been in England for six month.
2. Why is she doing a preparation course first?
Xie lei’s preparation course can help her to get used to academic requirements of a Western university.
3. What are some of the difficulties she faced when she first came to England?
When she first came to England, she had to face the difficulties in dally life, for example, how to use the phone, how to pay on the bus.
4. Which two types of people have helped Xie Lei most since she came to England?
When she came to England she lived with a family who always helped her. The other type of people, I think, is tutor and classmates, especially her tutor.
II. Read again. Look at some detailed information of the text, for difficulties / benefits. And then finish Comprehending 2
Of doing a preparation course
of living with a host family
of having a tutor
1 to learn how to fulfill Western academic requirements
2 to get used to a new way of life
1 to learn more about everyday life and customs
2 to have people to explain things not understood
1 to explain about why you cannot use other people’s work without acknowledging it
2 to encourage you to express your own ideas with reasons
At the university
Of a new way of life
1.learning to read widely and analyse the text s
2 expressing one’s own opinion with reasons
1 finding a balance between study and a social life
2 making new friends
Then let the Ss discuss the questions in Exercise 3.(group discussion is OK).
I think Xie Lei is a diligent and hard-working girl. She is brave to face difficulties and challenges both in life and stud.
I think the reporter used some direct speech in the article in order that people who read this article can directly feel the difficulties and the benefits living in a foreign country.
It is possible that this article might have been published in China daily.
Because she had to learn almost everything again. She didn’t know how to deal with some simple things.
Because she thinks it is important to make a balance between study and life.
Step 4 Discussion
We have talked about the difficulties and benefits of studying in a foreign country. Now let’s list the problems that Xie Lei had when she first went to England, and try to add two or three other problems that she might have and summarize what you would do if you had the same problems. Work in groups.
Possible problems and solution:
Xie Lei’s problem
1. She didn’t know how to use the phone, how to pay on the bus, how to ask a shopkeeper for things she didn’t know the English for.
1. Make friends with local people and let them help you .Take an electronic dictionary with you in case you don’t know the English name of something you want to buy.
2. When she got lost and had to ask a passer-by for directions, she didn’t always understand.
2. Let the passer-by write down what they would say on a piece of paper
3. Can’t understand the expressions others say.
3. Ask host family for help.
4. Miss her family.
4.Live with a host family
5. Unable to adapt to different teaching method or rather learning styles.
5. Be confident and give your own opinions.
6. How to have a balance between study and a social life.
6.In your spare time, join some university clubs and meet people you have things in common with.
7. Unable to make friends with Ss from different cultures.
7. Don’t be shy and say “hello” to someone you would like to make friend with.
8. Break the rules and regulations.
8. Learn some local rules and regulation there.
Step 5 Homework
1. Finish exercises in LEARNING ABOUT LANGUAGE
2. Suppose you are Xie Lei, write a letter to your parents or friends in China, telling them about your present life according to what you have learned form the text.
The fourth period using language
agent, travel, parallel, abundant, govern, destination
It would be possible to …
It isn’t possible to …
… would be a perfect place for us.
I don’t think you’d enjoy …
… would probably suit you
Through listening, enable the Ss to acquire detailed information about Peru.
Enable the Ss to express likes and improbability with the target language
Enable the Ss to write about problems they might experience while traveling.
Teaching important and difficult points:
Talk about tours in and around Cuzco with functional items given.
Listening, fast reading, and speaking
A recorder, a projector, and a computer
Check the homework ( Ask a Ss to read the letter)
Dear mom and dad, How is everything going? I miss you very much.
I have got used to my new life her. My English has improved a lot since I came here. So I don’t have any difficulty in communicating with the local people. You know at that beginning, I even had difficulty in using the phone and paying on the bus. I was encouraged by my tutor to give my own opinions in the essay. And now I get really good marks. I feel so confident
I enjoy living with my host family. They helped me a lot with my everyday life and understanding of local customs. They are very kind and warm-hearted. So don’t worry about me.
Send my love to grandpa and grandma.
Deal with listening in Using Language
“Today we will travel to Peru. First, let’s look at the map of South America on page 42, find the cities of Liam and Cuzco and the Andes Mountains.
Who can describe their locations according to the map?”
Lima, Capital City, lies on the west coast
Cuzco, in the South Mountainous area, the site of ancient capital of Inca civilization
Andes Mountain, runs parallel to Pacific Ocean, the longest mountain in the world
Play the tape, do Exercise 2.
Play again and do Exercise 3&4 on page 42.
If necessary, play it sever times.
“OK, after listening, we have known about Lia’s travel plan. Would you like to take a tour there? Before you go, let’s learn something about this country. Now look at the reading passage in Reading and speaking. Read the text and underline the places mentioned in it.”
The Ss are supposed to underline: costal belt, the Andes Mountains, high flat plains, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu.
Several minutes later.
1. Why is Cuzco popular with tourists?
Cuzco is a popular tourist destination as it is close to the famous Inca ruins of the city of Machu Picchu. It’s a city where both Indian and Spanish culture and art can be seen.
2 . What is special about Lake Titicaca?
It is the highest navigable lake in the world.
3. What do you think the official languages of Peru are?
They are Indian and Spanish.
“ Very good, the text is a brief introduction of Peru. If you want to travel in Peru, you should know more detailed information. What are the most popular tours in Peru? Any ideas? Turn to page 43. Read the brochure at the bottoms of this page and on the next page. Work with your partners and answer the questions in Exercise2.”
1. I think Tour 1 would be. Because on Tour 1 people can experience the jungle and its diverse wildlife close up during four-day walking tour, they also can enjoy the wonderful scenery of mountain and the ancient ruins.
2. I think Tour 2 would suit people who like to travel by boat and get close to Indian culture and learn more about their life.
3. We could visit Machu Picchu on Tour 1 and Tour 3.
4. Maybe Tour 2 would be best to do last. Because on Tour2, after traveling we could return to Puno for our flight back to Lima
Get the Ss to talk about tours in and around Cuzco with the expressions given.
First show the following expressions on the Bb.
I like/ don’t like doing/ to do---
I prefer to---
I enjoy/ love / hate doing---
“What would you like to do when you are on holiday?
Discuss with your partner, using the expression on the Bb.
After discussion, ask some Ss to tell their ideas. One student gives one sentence.
“now imagine your group plans to spend eight days in and around Cuzco. Discuss which two tours you will like. You’d better use the following usful expressions.
It would be possible to---
---It isn’t possible to---
--- would be a perfect place fro us.
I don’t think you’d enjoy---
Some minutes later, ask several groups to share their ideas with other others.
If we have eight days to travel around Cuzco, Tour 1 and tour 2 would suit us. We could make walking tour on Tour1, experience the jungle and its wildlife. It would be possible for us to enjoy the mountain scenery and the ancient ruins. Then on the fourth day we could arrive at the ruins of the ancient Inca city then we could catch the train back to Cuzco. On the fifth day, we could begin our trip from Cuzco to Puno by road. We could enjoy the fantastic views of the high land countryside, and then we would travel by boat across Lake Titicaca. We could see the beautiful scenery of the Lake; also we could stay with the local family and learn more about their life. It would be a perfect place for us. Then on the eighth day we could return to Puno for our flight back to Lima.
“Excellent! Ok, so much for today’s travel in Peru. I think you all had a wonderful journey, right? If you are interested in this country, you can find more information about it after class. Some information about Peru and its cities is included in the appendix.
Step 5. Homework
In the reading passage, we learned about xie Lei’s life in London. We learned that she has to overcome many difficulties and face many challenges, because she has to get used to a whole new way of life. Now imagine your American pen friend has decided to come to China to study Chinese culture and language at a university near you . Homework for today: write a letter to him or her giving information about what life will be like. Include things like this:
What he/she will find different in china( include things like food, study, transport, accommodation, et);
How easy or difficult it will be to make friends;
The best way to learn Chinese and about Chinese culture.
Things you can do to help him/her settle in.
I’m glad to hear you are coming to China for university study. Here I ‘d like to offer you some tips in order that you will have a great time during your study in China. As you know, China is a lot different form your country especially the culture, so you must try your best to adapt to the new environment. First, you must get used to Chinese food. This may not be the biggest challenge for westerners. Second, you had better be aware of the education system and make new plans for your university study. In addition, you should also be familiar with the transportation and accommodation.
On your first arrival in China, you may get a culture shock as well. The best way to overcome it is to make more local friends and to learn more about Chinese culture. Try to be easy-going and sociable with you .After some communication with the local people, it will be rather easy for you to adapt to the new culture.
Of course you could turn to me for help at any time. I will be pleased to be your guide here in China, so please don’t hesitate if you have any trouble.
Wish you a wonderful time in China.