【教学设计】新人教版X4U2 Using Language
By the end of this period, students will be able to:
1.To know some tourist attractions of New Zealand.
2.To identify the job of the speakers.
3.To master some expressions that the speakers use to sum up their opinions.
4.To express your own ideas on the given topics about what best represents a place.
Teaching key points:
1.Help students identify the job of the speakers.
2.Enable students to express their own ideas on the given topics about what best represents a place.
Teaching difficult points:
1.Enable students to talk about the given topics about what best represents a place.
Lead in the class by asking a questions.
What do you know about New Zealand?
New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean. New Zealand has a lot of tourist attractions.
What impresses you most in the video?
Suggested answer:The answer may vary.
1.Which picture do you think best represents New Zealand?
2.Which picture would you like to know more about?
Suggested answers:The answers may vary.
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Felicity James—editor ofWorldNaturemagazine
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Jane Smith—writer of theFantasticLifeblog
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Presenter 1: boat; hiking; explore; small towns; rich history; observe; experience; culture;see; beaches; water; wildlife
Presenter 2:springs; mud; pools
Presenter 3: bird; sheep; honey; jumping
1., the Bay of Islands is really what best represents New Zealand.
2., the places that best represent New Zealand are the geothermal parks.
3., I would like to suggest that tourists not just visit iconic places in New Zealand—they should experience its culture.
Useful tip—Sum up
When people talk about the same subject for a long time,they often end by stating the main point of their talk. Such summaries often begin with phrases such asInsummary,Tosumup,Allinall,Inshort,and so on.
1.All in all 2.In my opinion 3.In short
In groups, discuss what best represents China. Brainstorm the following topics and take notes.
◎the cultural centre
◎the economic centre
◎the centre(s) of various cuisines
◎the music centre
◎the best place to see nature
◎the best place to experience history
◎the most diverse region
◎the place with the best quality of life
Suggested answer: The answer may vary.
Choose one place to give a presentation on. Use the expressions below to help you.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to Beijing, which is a leading cultural,economic and historical centre in China. Some of its attractions include the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, and of course the Great Wall. Beijing is celebrated around the world for the Peking Opera and one of China’s most iconic foods, Peking duck. It features many old neighbourhoods, called hutongs, where you can see how people have lived for hundreds of years. Of course, you can also enjoy modern architecture, such as the “Birds Nest”. All in all, if you can only visit one place in China, Beijing is the place to go.
Show your poster to your classmates, teachers, neighbours and foreigners to let more people know more about our country.
2.Describe an iconic animal
By the end of this period, students will be able to:
1.To learn some amazing animals of Australia.
2.To learn how to describe an iconic animal.
3.To learn to use rhetorical devices to arouse readers’ interest in your writing.
4.To write a description of an iconic animal in China.
Teaching key points:
1.Help students learn how to describe an iconic animal.
2.Cultivate students to write a description of an iconic animal based on what has been learnt.
Teaching difficult points；
1.Enable students to use rhetorical devices to arouse readers’ interest in their writing.
2.Enable students to write a description of an iconic animal in China.
StepⅠBefore reading: Lead-in
Watch some pictures of Australia and talk about the KWL table.
T:Dear class, have you ever seen these animals before?
T:Oh, really? Can you name them?
Ss:Kangaroo, koala, but I don’t know the English names of the last two.
T:Wow, good for you. So, can you fill in the KWL table of them?“k”means “What I know”,“W”means “what I want to know”, and “L”means “What I have learnt”.You can fill in the first two parts and after learning this passage you can fill in the last two parts.
Ss:The answers may vary.
T:Wow, you already know a lot about them. Now, let’s learn more about them.
Read the title, the questions and the first sentences of each part, and then answer the following questions.
1.What is the type of the text?
2.What’s the main idea of this text?
3.Fill in the blanks.
2.The text mainly talks about some iconic animals in Australia, such as kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils and duck-billed platypuses.
3.sensitive; not so cute; lay eggs
Read the four parts one by one, then finish the mind map of each animal and answer the following questions.
※ Part 1:Read Part 1 carefully and finish the following tasks.
1.When do baby kangaroos begin to spend less time with their mothers?
2.Why shouldn’t you try to pet a wild kangaroo?
Features:encounters with them don’t always end so well
Babies:and then they find their way into their mother’s pouch
Uniqueness:walk backwards; hit and kick
Relationship with humans:they’re not for petting
1.After they are about seven or eight months old and when they begin to jump.
2.Because kangaroos can hit and kick very hard.
※Part 2:Read Part 2 carefully and finish the following tasks.
1.What do koalas spend most of their time doing?
2.Why has the government made it against the law to handle koalas?
Uniqueness:eating,sleeping, and hanging onto tree trunks
Relationship with humans: approach it to pick it up or even touch it
1.They spend most of their time eating, sleeping, and hanging onto tree trunks.
2.Because interaction with humans can cause them a lot of stress.
※ Part 3:Read Part 3 carefully and finish the following tasks.
1.What two things about Tasmanian devils can bother people most?
2.What do Tasmanian devils like to eat?
Appearance:the size of small dogs;rather large black rats
Uniqueness:loud cries/noises; terrible smell
Relationship with humans:not violent
1.The frightening noise they make and their terrible smell.
2.They like to eat dead animals.
※ Part 4:Read Part 4 carefully and finish the following tasks.
1.What makes the way duck-billed platypuses give birth so different from other mammals?
2.What is the unique way used by duck-billed platypuses to find food?
Appearance:looks like a duck’s bill;like a duck’s
Feature: lay eggs in a nest; primitive mammal
Uniqueness: electrical sensors
1.They lay eggs like a bird, hatch the eggs, and then nurse the baby platypus like other mammals.
2.They find food in the water by using electrical sensors in its bill.
Read the text again. How does the writer describe these animals? Find at least threerhetorical devicesthe writer uses to arouse the readers’ interest.
A rhetorical device is a use of language in speech or writing in a special way that influences or entertains people.Rhetorical devices go beyond the meaning of words to create effects that are creative and imaginative, adding literary quality to writing.
1.It’s a tough animal that has to survive in a difficult environment. (Personification拟人)
2.... koalas are very sensitive creatures who can easily panic because of even small changes in their environment. (Personification拟人)
3.They are about the size of small dogs and look like rather large black rats.(Simile明喻)
4.Its nose looks like a duck’s bill, and it has feet like a duck’s so it can dive under the water, but it’s covered in hair. (Simile明喻)
5.If you want to hold a koala,... and that they are handled for only a limited time and on a limited frequency of occasions.(Repetition重复)
6.The noise they make could wake the dead.(Hyperbole夸张)
StepⅢWrite a description of an iconic animal in China
giant panda;Tibetan antelope(藏羚羊);snub-nosed monkey(金丝猴);Chinese sturgeon(中华鲟),etc.
· where they live
· what they eat
· what they look like
· how they are different from other animals
· how they interact with people
· any other unusual or interesting facts about them
Possible version 1:
The giant panda
Of all the animals, I like giant pandas best. The giant panda, whose home is in Sichuan Province, is known as the national treasure of China. Pandas live in the beauty of nature where they can enjoy their lives happily.
Giant pandas are very beautiful animals with black and white fur like big cats. They usually eat bamboo shoots and leaves and live in bamboo forests, where they can climb trees and play games. I like giant pandas because they are so lovely!
But giant pandas are still an endangered species.I think giant pandas need our help and protection. We should take action to protect giant pandas and let them live in the wild happily.
Possible version 2:
The giant panda
The most iconic animal of China by far is the giant panda. The giant panda is known as one of the most adorable animals in the world for its round face, large dark circles around its eyes, chubby(胖乎乎的) body, typical pigeon-toed(足内翻的) stride(跨步走), as well as paws as sharp as a scalpel. The giant panda is a living fossil and China’s treasure. The giant panda’s diet is over 99% bamboo. Generally, giant pandas spend half the day eating, and most of the rest of their time sleeping. Giant pandas usually are very meek(温顺的), so they are generally not violent towards people.
StepⅣExchange and evaluate
Exchange your draft with your partner and assess each other’s writing.
□ Is the animal’s name included?
□ Are some detailed descriptions such as appearance, feature, uniqueness, relationship with humans included?
□ Does your partner use some rhetorical devices?
□ Does your partner use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation?
□ Is the handwriting beautiful?
Take your draft back and revise it using your partner’s comments. And present your new description to the rest of your class.