Unit 1 Festival around the world
Part 1 Teaching Design
(FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS)
In this period, after the warming up, students will first be guided to imagine, talk and share what they know about festivals. Then they will be helped to read an exposition（说明文）entitled FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD. Examples of “Warming Up” designs are presented in this book for teachers’ reference.
To help students understand the text’s forms and contents and learn about festival around the world
To help students communicate on the topic in focus with the words, expressions and structures learned in this unit
harvest, starve, trick, gain, gather, award, admire, blossom, fool, apologize, drown, wipe, weave, weep, remind, forgive
take place, in memory of, dress up, play a trick on, look forward to, day and night, as though, have fin with, turn up, keep one’s word, hold one’s breath, set off, remind … of…
1. Discuss when they take place.
2. Festivals and celebrations of all kinds are held everywhere.
3. The most energetic and important festivals are the ones that look forward to the end of winter and the coming of spring.
4. The country is covered with cherry trees flowers so that it looks as though it might be covered with pink snow.
5. In European countries it is the custom to decorate churches and town halls with flowers and fruit.
6. If they are not given anything, the children might play a trick.
7. Because they thought these festivals would bring a year of plenty.
Multimedia facilities, tape-recorder, photos, diagrams
1. Warming up
Warming up by discussing
Good morning, class. Today we are going to read about FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS. But first, I’d like to have you work in groups and list five Chinese festivals that you know. When do they take place? What do they celebrate? And what people do at that time?
Warming up by watching and listening
Hi, every one. Look at the photos and listen to me telling you about some Western Festivals.
Warming up by learning vocabulary
Turn to page 96, and go over the vocabulary list for Unit 1. Find out the relationship between the spelling and the pronunciation.
2. Pre-reading byimagining and sharing
Hello! Now you can celebrate everyday! Everyday is a holiday. Imagine somewhere someone is celebrating right now. Our world is filled with mystical celebrations and powerful memories. Come and tell the class what holiday it is today.
3. Talking and sharing
Work in groups of four. Tell your group mates what festivals or celebrations do you enjoy in your city or town?
4. Listening to the recording
Now please listen to the recording of the text FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS. Pay attention to the pronunciation of each word and the pauses within each sentence. I will play the tape twice.
5. Reading and underlining
Next you are to read and underline all the useful expressions or collocations in the passage. Copy them to your notebook after class as homework.