To listen to a letter about friendship
To speak about a questionnaire about friendship
To write advice about friendship
To write a few lines describing a friend
1. Read the letter to Miss Wang and find out what was upsetting Lisa.
2. Listen to what Miss Wang says, and then answer the questions in Exercise 2.
3. Listen to the tape again and try to spell out the missing words in Ex 3.
Work in groups of four. Design a questionnaire to find out what kind of friends your classmates are. Ask the Students to use the quiz in the Warming Up as an example.
Note: The students should be talking while they are doing the task. This provides the students with the opportunity to practise expressing thought and concern in matters of immediate concern and interest. Tell the students to follow these steps:
Step1:In your group, come up with four situations among friends. Design four questions accordingly with three possible answers.
Step2: Put the four questions together and form a questionnaire.
Step3: Check the questionnaire through and try it out on your own group.
Step4: Share your questionnaire with another group and try each other’s questionnaires.
This questionnaire has four questions, and each question is followed by a set of possible answers. Please read the questions, and then consider which response fits you best.
1.Why am I close friends with thisperson now?
A. Because being friends with him/her helps me feel important.
B. Because my friend would be upset if I ended the relationship.
C. Because he/she is someone I really enjoy sharing emotions and special events with.
2. Why do I spend time with my friend?
A. Because myfriend would get mad at me if I didn’t.
B. Because it is fun spending time with him/her.
C. Because I think it is what friends are supposed to do.
3.Why do I listen to my friend’s problems, or to what my friend has to say?
A. Because my friend praises me and makes me feel good when I do.
B. Because it’s interesting and satisfying to be able to share like that.
C. Because I really value getting to know my friend better.
4.Why do I keep promises to my friend?
A. Because I believe it is an important personal quality to live up to my promises to a friend.
B. Because it would threaten our friendship if I were not trustworthy. Because I would feel bad about myself if I didn’t.
☆4~6 points: You are not a good friend. You either neglect your friend’s needs or just do what he/she wants you to do. You should think more about what a good friend needs to do.
☆7~9 points: You are a good friend but you sometimes let your friendship become too important, or you fail to show enough concern for your friend’s needs and feelings. Try to strike a balance between your friend’s needs and your own responsibilities.
☆10+ points: You are an excellent friend who recognizes that to be a good friend you need balance your needs and your friend’s. Well done.
Students work in groups and try their own questionnaires in the school to collect more information about students’ reflection of the values of friendship.
III. Guided writing
1. Read the letter to the editor from Xiaodong and make sure you know what problem Xiaodong has.
2. Discuss in groups of four. Think what advice you can give Xiaodong.
3. Write your advice to Xiaodong as an editor individually.
Some people like talking with others, but some people are shy. If you fall into the second group, it can be hard to make friends. But you can change the situation.
What are you interested in? If you like basketball, for example, you could talk with some of your classmates who like basketball. The easiest way to start talking to people is to find something you have in common.
If you are standing beside a group of your classmates, join in their discussion if you know something about the subject they are discussing. But if you don’t, you shouldn’t feel afraid to say, for example, “That sounds interesting, what is it about?” Once you start talking to one person, it will get easier to talk to others.
Find one person you have something in common with, and once you become friends with him, his friends will start talking to you too.
1. Can you give Xiaodong some good advice?
2. I s your letter well developed?
3. Are your ideas well organized to the point?
4. Do you have a good choice of words and idioms in your writing?
5. Do you get a good mastery of complex structures of language?
6. What kind of mistakes have you made in your writing? What can you do to avoid such mistakes?
V. Further Applying
Here are some proverbs about friends and friendship. Read them carefully and pay attention to the sentence stress and intonation. Then write a passage. Choose some you agree and explain why. Then choose some you disagree and explain why.
■You may also have the students complete the task as homework after class.
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