; Where did you go during your National Day Holiday?
; If possible, which country would you most like to travel to? Why?
; Do you know anything about the U.K.? What are they?
The Beauty of Britain
Named “the most naturally beautiful woman of all time”, Audrey Hepburn once said, “I’m
leaving and relaxing my career for my beloved motherland, the UK, when it comes to my
last few years of life.” Vivien Leigh, the heroine of the movie Gone With the Wind, also
expressed publicly, “When referring to my home country Great Britain, there’re only two
words I’d most like to describe: pretty and beautiful! I’m starting to live there peacefully
It’s true that the beauty of Britain is as hard to say as it is easy to enjoy. We have here no vast mountains or plains, but we have excellent variety. A great deal of everything is packed into this little space. People always forget the fact that this is a smallish island, with the sea always round the corner. Nature, we feel, has carefully adjusted things –
mountains, plains, rivers, lakes – to the size of the island itself. A mountain 12,000 feet
high would be a terrible monster here, as wrong as a plain 400 miles long, a river as broad as the Mississippi.
Though the geographical features of this island are comparatively small, that does not mean that our mountains are not mountains, our plains not plains. As a report pointed out in The Thames recently, that some climbers invited a Swiss guide into the Lake District, and on the first morning, watching the misty, rough peaks before him, the guide told the group that they were spending the night there. He did not know those peaks were only an
hour or two’s journey away and that before dusk they would probably have conquered two
or three of them. He had not realized the scale of the country. What he did know was that he was certainly looking at mountains, and he was right. For these peaks, though not so high in altitude, they have all the air of great mountains as well.
For variety of landscape, these sights on this island cannot be matched anywhere else. A day’s walk among them will give you almost everything fit to be seen on this earth. Within a few hours, you have enjoyed the green valleys, with their rivers, fine old bridges, pleasant villages, hanging woods, smooth fields; and then the moorland slopes, with their rushing streams, stone walls, salty winds, crying curlews and white farmhouses. Yet less than an hour in a fast motor will bring you to the middle of some busy towns, and soon you are leaving and forgetting these towns just as easily as you’re entering some other
modern cities like London or Manchester next minute.
Another characteristic of Britain’s landscape is its excellent moderation. With us the
cities pretend that they are not really there until we are well inside them. They almost hide themselves into the countryside. It has been born of a balance between nature and man. This harmony explains in part the charm of Britain, where towns fit closely into the landscape, and roads go winding the easiest way as naturally as rivers; and it is impossible to say where cultivation ends and wild life begins. It is a country rich in trees, birds, and wild flowers, as we can see to this day. (538 words)
女主角 海拔;高度 1. heroine 14. altitude
描述;形容 风景;地形 2. describe 15. landscape
变化;多样性 高沼地的斜坡 3. variety 16. moorland slopes
调整;使适合 流淌的小溪 4. adjust 17. rushing streams
怪物 啼叫的杓鹬 (一种鸟) 5. monster 18. crying curlews
密西西比河 曼彻斯特 (英国城市) 6. Mississippi 19. Manchester
地理特征 特性;特征 7. geographical features 20. characteristic
比较地;相当地 适度;适中 8. comparatively 21. moderation
泰晤士河 假装 9. The Thames 22. pretend
一位瑞士导游 和谐;融洽 10. a Swiss guide 23. harmony
(英国的) 湖泊地区 魅力;吸引力 11. Lake District 24. charm
薄雾笼罩的突起山峰 蜿蜒;缠绕 12. misty, rough peaks 25. wind
尺寸;大小 耕作;栽培 13. scale 26. cultivation
1. What is the text mainly about?
2. What are the key sentences in each paragraph?
3. What words can be used to describe the beauty of Britain?
1. Read the following underlined sentences from the passage above. Try to find out the differences from what you have learnt before.
; I’m leaving and relaxing my career for my beloved motherland, the UK…
; I’m starting to live there peacefully years later.
; The guide told the group that they were spending the night there.
; Soon you are leaving and forgetting these towns
; You’re entering some other modern cities like London or Manchester next minute.
2. Complete each dialogue with the verbs given, using the present continuous tense and other tenses as
; Harry: _________ Sarah ___________ (come) on the trip tomorrow?
Cindy: Yes. She _________ ___________ (leave) tomorrow morning.
Harry: Do you know what time?
Cindy: She _________ ___________ (leave) the house at 7:00 and will catch the train at 8:00.
; Mathew: How _________ you ___________ (get) to school?
Joe: I _________ ____________ (cycle) to school and leaving my clothes behind. My mum
__________ ____________ (bring) my clothes to school tomorrow morning.
Mathew: Lucky you! That seems a good idea.
; Peter: Where _________ we ___________ (go)?
James: To the sea.
Peter: How _________ we ___________ (get) there?
James: By car.
3. Enjoy a song and fill the blanks according to what you hear. A: Would you like to go out on Monday? B: No, sorry, I can't
A: Why not? B: I ______ ________ on Monday.
A: Would you like to go out on Tuesday? B: No, sorry, I can't.
A: Why not? B: I ______ ________ my laundry on Tuesday.
A: Would you like to go out on Wednesday? B: No, sorry, I can't.
A: Why not? B: I ______ ________ overtime on Wednesday.
A: Would you like to go out on Thursday? B: No, sorry, I can't.
A: Why not? B: I ______ ________ out on Thursday.
A: Would you like to go out on Friday? B: No, sorry, I can't.
A: Why not? B: I ______ ________ relatives on Friday.
A: Would you like to go out on the weekend? B: Well… maybe!
4. Suppose you have a cousin in London and you’re taking a journey there in your winter holiday. Make a travel plan by yourself, using the present continuous tense. You may use the following
questions to guide you.
; When are you leaving? ; Where are you going?
; How are you going to... ? ; How long are you staying in...?
; When are you arriving in/at...? ; When are you coming back?
; What are you going to do in the journey? ; …
1. Learn to appreciate the beauty of Britain, and try to tell others your most impressive part of it.
2. Make a weekend plan by yourself, using the continuous tense.
A Brief Teaching Design for the Beauty of Britain
1. To appreciate the beauty of Britain;
2. To learn useful structures, i.e., the present continuous tense expresses future actions. Important and Difficult Points:
Try to learn the grammatical structure via reading appreciation.
Teaching aids: a projector and a computer
Step One: Lead in
Ask the students some simple questions like the following:
1. Where did you go during your National Day Holiday?
2. If possible, which country would you most like to travel to? Why?
3. Do you know anything about the U.K.? What are they?
Step Two: Skimming
Get the students to read the text as quickly as possible, and then answer the questions listed below: 1. What is the text mainly about?
2. What are the key sentences in each paragraph?
Step Three: Reading and explanation
This is a vital part inside the period and it will take up a quarter or so to cover. 1. Paraphrase some difficult sentences in the text to the students.
2. Try to get the students to appreciate the authentic beauty of Britain.
3. Ask the students: What words can be used to describe the beauty of Britain? Step Four: Grammatical structures
1. Get the students to read some sentences from the text carefully, and then try to find out the differences from what they have learnt before.
2. Get the students to understand that the present continuous tense can also be used to express future actions. Verbs used in such structures are mainly listed as below: go, come, leave, take, get to, drive, fly, begin, arrive, set off, return, take off, travel, sleep, meet, buy, play, do, spend, have, enjoy, stay, etc. Step Five: Practice
1. Fill the blanks in three short dialogues, using the present continuous tense. 2. Song check. Enjoy a song, and fill the missing words according to what they hear. 3. Try to think more. Ask the students questions like: Can you think out some other ways to express the future actions? What other tenses can also be used to express future?
Step Six: Activity and homework
1. Make a travel plan to London, the U.K., using the present continuous tense. 2. Learn to appreciate the beauty of Britain, and try to tell others your most impressive part of it. 3. Make a weekend plan by yourself, using the continuous tense.