【暑期班】生活英语听说(2016暑期班) Unit 4
It seems true that every kid in school is learning English. Why do you want to learn English? Learning English is very useful. Some people want to know English well to gain more knowledge. We can read books, listen to music, watch movies and surf the internet. For example, songs in their original form tend to be better when you can truly understand them and 55% of all written content on the internet is in English. Whenever you have a problem, you can ‘Google it’ to find a way to solve the problem. Others like to learn English for more practical reasons, such as taking a school exam, getting a job or working in a large international company. For instance, French and Chinese business partners may communicate in English. If you can speak English with confidence and get your message across clearly, it is a critical advantage that can help you advance further in your career.
Learning a language can be so much fun. Some people learn them in order to meet new people from around the world. It’s also fun to learn about other cultures and their traditions. Maybe you like the culture, the country and even have a desire to even live or visit there. As well as being useful and fun, learning a language helps improve your memory, and decision-making skills.
As a required course of schools at different levels in China, and as an item to be tested at different stages of one’s learning and working life, English is with us the whole way through our lives. Students’ performance in learning English and in taking English tests is of vital performance importance to achievements at school and to their opportunities for further learning. In fact, English is an influential factor that affects the quality of life.
English is a global language. We simply have many more options, and those options can help you in life. Like it or not, it is here with us, helping us lead a richer and happier life through a different perspective.
Corin: So what do you study in school?
Susan: We study many subjects. Like we have PE and math class every day.
Corin: In our school, we never do a subject every day. Usually we study the subject three times a week. And what is your favorite subject?
Susan: My favorite subject is art class.
Corin: Is what?
Corin: Oh, me too! I like art and also design.
Susan: We don’t study that in art school.
Corin: It is like art, but instead of painting you build.
Susan: Why do you like art?
Corin: I like it because it is very creative and also one of the most fun lessons. What about you?
Susan: Because I like drawing and making things very much.
Prof. Yang: 最近有很多家长问我，在哪里学英语最好？有些家长就干脆把孩子送到美国去学英语了。今天我们请来了三位美国学生，看看他们是怎么认识到国外留学这件事的。好，第一个我想问的是郝村。郝村，这是你第一次来中国吗？
Mark：Yes, it is my first time in China.
Prof. Yang: How long have you been here?
Mark: I’ve been here for six weeks in Liaocheng.
Prof. Yang: If your parents want you to study here for one year, do you want to stay here?
Mark: I would. But I don’t have time. It takes a lot of time.
Prof. Yang: 你对学生到国外留学怎么看?
Mark: I think that people want to stay abroad for the experience. The culture is a big thing because we only see the American culture. But it’s really important to see other cultures to experience that and understand other people’s ways of lives and what their interests are and their beliefs. Also it is good to improve your language skills. For us, it is for Chinese. But for other people, it could be in other language, such as English. And that is very good to get that experience to live there not just study.
Prof. Yang: 太好了，这个观点真是不错。侯立明，Do you want to study abroad? What do you think of studying abroad?
Thomas: I would like to study abroad. I think it would be a good experience so that I could understand the culture of China. If that’s where I was to go then I would be able to work on my language skills.
Prof. Yang: 你怎么看待中国家长把孩子送到美国学英语？How do you think of the Chinese parents want to send their kids to the United States to study English?
Thomas: I think it’s a good experience so they can see the rest of the world or parts of the rest of the world. And get a different angle of education
Prof. Yang: 太好了！他们两个说得都很好。现在我们来问一下孟克海另外一个问题，去英国学英语好呢？还是去美国学英语好呢？来我们来问一下孟克海。孟克海，if a Chinese father asks you will he send the kids to United States or to UK, what’s your opinion?
Ryan: I think the kid should take up the father’s offer and go study abroad because he will get experience in America or in the United Kingdom whatever one he chooses. And he will be able to practice English with Americans, instead of being confined with only Chinese people speaking some English or just Chinese. So he can broaden his perspective on the world too, with different cultures.
Prof. Yang: 还有些家长问我，想把孩子放在美国家庭里面住一段时间，你觉得这是一个好主意吗？Do you think it a good idea to send the kid to stay with a family?
Ryan: It depends on for how long. If it is for over a year, I think it would be better if the kid could move in with a university and they can have experience with other international people and have a foundation of friends and stuff. Cause if they were just with a different family, they might have a barrier, like a language barrier, or they might just have some troubles at home.
Prof. Yang: 孟克海是这么说的，他说如果孩子是在大学宿舍里住，可交到更多的朋友。
Prof. Yang: Hi, Emily. What are you doing?
Emily: Oh, I’m doing some research about England. I wanted to find some interesting places other than London
Prof. Yang: OK, have you found something interesting?
Emily: Yes. Have you ever heard of the Lake District?
Prof. Yang: No I’m afraid not.
Emily: Eh, it says it’s a mountainous region in the northwest of England. And apparently, it’s a popular holiday destination. It has the longest lake and highest mountain in England
Prof. Yang: OK. Why is it so famous?
Emily: Well, because it’s also associated with English literature in the 18th and 19th century. You know how much I love literature.
Prof. Yang: OK. I think we should go.
Emily: Brilliant! Thank you mum! Because it also says that William Wordsworth is from here.
Prof. Yang: Who is he?
Emily: He is an English romantic poet. And his most famous work is I wandered lonely as a cloud.
Prof. Yang: Eh, sounds very poetic.
Emily: Do you know what it is about?
Prof. Yang: No.
Emily: It’s about daffodils.
Prof. Yang: Daffodil is a kind of flower?
Emily: Yes. And the song is inspired by his walk with his sister. They came to the side of the lake and saw those beautiful daffodils. And the wind was blowing, so they just looked like they were dancing.
Prof. Yang: Sounds like a poem.
Emily: Indeed. And the beauty of the lake has inspired the poets for many years.
Prof. Yang: Emily, I think for the summer vacation, we should go together too.
Emily: Wow, thank you mum! It’s a good idea. Perhaps it will inspire me as well.
Prof. Yang: You will become a poet. I will also bring Stanley and your daddy to go with us.
Kevin: Hey Dillon. What are you reading?
Dillon: It’s Harry Potter.
Kevin: What’s it about?
Dillon: You haven’t heard of it? It’s about a boy who discovers he’s a wizard and faces a lot of challenges in his little magic school. But he has a couple of friends who stick with him through thick and thin.
Kevin: Thick and thin? What does that mean?
Dillon: It means that, even in the difficult times, they stay with him. He relies on them through the rest of the challenges.
Kevin: Well, it sounds interesting, but I prefer watching the films. Have any of them been made into a movie?
Dillon: Yes, there are seven books but there are eight films.
Kevin: That’s a lot! Are you planning to read all the books?
Dillon: Of course!
Kevin: Jeez! You really are a book worm.
Game: Who am I?
Q: I’m Male. I am black.
A: Kanye West?
Q: I play a sport.
A: Michael Vick?
Q: I play basketball.
A: Michael Jordan?
Q: I play basketball currently.
A: Magic Johnson?
Q: I play basketball currently and for the team of Los Angeles.
A: Dwyane Wade?
Q: My number is 24.
A: Kobe Bryant!
Q: I am Chinese.
A: Mao Zedong?
Q: But I play basketball in America.
A: Jeremy Lin?
Q: I’m really tall.
A: Jeremy Lin
Q: The tallest Chinese person possibly. I’m Chinese, play basketball, really tall.
A: Yao Ming!
Q: I’m a politician
A: Newt Gingrich?
A: Hilary Clinton?
Q: Really important politician.
A: Hilary Clinton?
A: George Washington?
Q: No, a little more recent.
A: Bill Clinton
A: George Bush?
Q: A little more recent than that.
A: George W. Bush?
Q: I’m African-American.
A: Herman Cain?
Q: No. I’m a president.
Owen: I’m Owen. And I’m a teacher at the English Summer Camp. And what I’d like to do is to have you introduce yourself and tell us why you want to learn English.
Julie: Well, I’ll go first. My name is Julie. And I’m an English major in this university. Well, I think English is very useful for your future career, because, as we all know, English is the No.1 business language all around the world. And for me, I also have a double major which is business administration. So I think maybe learning English can help me have a better future career.
Jason: Great. Hello, everybody. My name is Jason Ward. I’m from the University of Florida. But I have actually been studying here at Tsinghua for the last year. I’m a hydraulic engineering student. And as you know, Tsinghua has a very good engineering program. So I joined to benefit my studies, but also to learn Chinese. Of course, I speak English from a very young age. And I really have appreciated the opportunity to really get to know native speakers of Chinese. My language has really grown since then.
Louise: OK. Hello, everyone. My name is Louise. And I’m studying in Tsinghua University. And now I’m a sophomore student and major in piano. My wildest dream is to be a pianist. And I want to travel all around the world and play my music to the world people. So English, to me, is a very useful tool so that I could communicate and listen for advice of my music. And I can communicate with them well. So I think English is really useful to me.
Zheyu: OK. Hello, everyone. My name is Liu Zheyu. I’m a high school student. I’m also a volunteer here. I learn English because I want to go abroad to search my college study. And my English learning would help me communicate with the local people.
Owen: Great. Well, let me ask you a question. How do you think you learn English best? What is the best way to learn English?
Zheyu: Oh. I think if you want to learn better, you should write, read as much as you possible. And my way is to recite the textbook. In that way, when faced with the local people, you can speak it out fluently.
Julie: I think that for me, the best way is to create a cultural isolation. That means, when I have a chance to go abroad, for example, to America, I have to hang around with my American friends and talk to my American teachers. And in that way, I could totally immerge in this environment so that I can receive all those American cultures. That way I think is the best to improve my English.
Jason: Yeah. My language is really improved by coming to Tsinghua and being immersed in the culture. But I also learned a lot of language from singing. Yeah, so I sing a lot of Chinese songs. And when I am humming the songs, later on I remember the words. So that’s my best way.
Louise: Well. Actually I agree with you all. But, in my opinion, the secret of learning English is to be brave, because you have to open your mouth and speak to the foreigners, especially the people from English speaking countries. In that way, your English can be improved.
Owen: Wow. I think those are all really great ways to learn English.
Liam: So this week in class, we are going to do a project on how to learn English and the importance of learning English. So I just wanted to hear from everyone about how they learn English, because I think everyone has different techniques which would be really great to share with everyone. So, first of all, when do you think you most need to use English? Does anyone have any opinions on that?
Jessica: Well, I study English literature, so, for me, it is especially important to be able to write well in English, especially when I’m doing essays or exams. And also when I’m doing applications for jobs. It’s really important.
Liam: Yeah, and you, Stanley… do you use English a lot?
Stanley: Yes. I think students like me. I always use English in watching movies or reading books and of course doing homework.
Liam: Cool yeah. I think that watching movies and TV programs can actually be a really great way to learn English. Mike and Lily, do you ever watch any English or American movies at all?
Mike: Oh yeah. I watch movies and TV series, such as Transformer and many other things. I think I can learn a lot from the movie and TV series so that I can improve my English speaking, I think.
Lily: I watch a lot of American TV shows and I watch some British ones that’s all. And I think you can learn a lot about the culture from them.
Liam: Yeah, definitely, definitely. So lastly, does anyone have any opinions on the best ways to learn English other than maybe movies?
Jessica: Well I think like you were saying, movies are so important because they not only teach you the language but they show you the culture as well. And also in regards to the language, the slang language that you learn from movies I think is really important as well.
Liam: And anyone else at all?
Lily: I think reading is really important. You get how to write from them and you also learn a bit about speaking because the dialogue is written.
Liam: OK. That’s a great start to our project.