Module 1 Getting the message through listening
I Theory and skills
II Skills practice
Teaching suggestions: Remind students how to get the message through listening. You may ask one or two questions to alert students to focus their attention on the main ideas, for instance: What are the three bad after-meal habits? Why? (For 1.1) What are the reasons we have eyebrows? (For 1.2)
Instruction: Listen for he main idea of each passage.
Why do we have eyebrows?
Those tiny little hairs above our eyes that many women pluck or paint play a very important role in keeping moisture out of our eyes.
Just like an umbrella keeps our bodies dry from rain, our hairy eyebrows keep our eyes dry from rain or sweat. When it's pouring with rain outside or when sweat runs down our foreheads, our eyebrows divert the flow of water or sweat away from our eyes. Our arch-shaped eyebrows angle the rain or sweat around to the sides of our faces, leaving our eyes fairly dry. By catching the water or sweat, our eyebrows not only allow us to see more clearly but also keep the salt in the sweat from burning or irritating our eyes.
Eyebrows have other roles also. As one of our most expressive facial features, eyebrows help us determine how people are feeling without having to ask them. If a person's eyebrows are drawn in a frown, the chances are that they are angry or upset.
What is more, over the years, eyebrows have been having an increasing impact on our concepts of beauty or fashion. Big, thick and hairy eyebrows tend to be considered unattractive, while thin, plucked eyebrows are said to be more attractive.
III. Interpreting exercise
US Vice President’s speech at Fudan University
be delighted to 高兴
be privileged to 荣幸
1. Mr. Mayor: You can interpret it as 市长先生, but if you know the name of the mayor
present, you may interpret it as “韩市长” to show respect and sound more personal.
Similar ways of addressing people by title include “Mr. President”or “Madam President”, “Mr. Chairman” or “Madam Chairperson”.
2. I appreciate your kind words of introduction: 我感谢您作介绍时的友好辞令。”To
appreciate”is to show gratitude for what’s done for you. In the same sense: I appreciate what you have done for us. 感谢你为我们所做的一切。
3. “Be delighted to”, “be happy to”, “be glad to”, “be privileged to”, “be honoured to” are
courtesy expressions used to in the opening of a speech.
Thank you very much, Mr. Mayor. I appreciate your kind words of introduction. And we're delighted to be here today. My wife and I are privileged to have the opportunity once again to travel in China. // We are grateful for the welcome we have received, especially for the kind of reception here at Fudan University. We thank you for the honor, and we bring you good wishes from President George W. Bush and the people of the United States. //
I know that many of you will soon graduate from this great university. I am told the standards are extremely demanding here, and a degree from Fudan University signifies years of hard work and discipline. // I congratulate each one of you on your achievement, and I commend your teachers for upholding the tradition of excellence that marks the 99-year history of Fudan University. //
IV Self-study material
Instruction: Study the following words and phrases, then try to retell the main idea of the passage
distinguished guests 嘉宾，尊敬的来宾
opening ceremony 开幕式，典礼
business associates 业务伙伴
world-class status 世界水平
corporate citizen 企业公民
Ladies and gentlemen,
Good afternoon and welcome to the opening ceremony of the first GN factory in China.
We appreciate your taking the time to share this wonderful occasion with us today. //
On behalf of the company I’d like to say a big “thank you” to all of our suppliers, c ustomers, employees and business associates that are here in attendance with us today. //
The management team is very proud of this facility and the very capable staff that has developed and brought this operation up to world-class status. This facility is a symbol of the focus and commitment that GN has made to China. //
To our suppliers, we look forward to working with you to grow our business to new heights. To our dealers, we plan to continue to supply you with state-of-the-art, high quality products that will allow you to support your customers and improve the lives of many people here in China and Southeast Asia. //
To our neighbours and friends, we plan to be a good corporate citizen and will work with you to uphold high business standards throughout China. //
And last but not least, to our employees, we are committed to providing you with a safe and enjoyable working environment. Thank you all once again for taking the time to share this wonderful occasion with us. //