Unit Six Why Are We Addicted to Soaps

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Unit Six Why Are We Addicted to Soaps

    Unit Six Why Are We Addicted to Soaps?

    Part One Lead in and Vocabulary Study (2 periods)

    Up Activities ?Warm-

    1. Listening: (Listen to the summary of the text made by you or news related to the text and then answer the following questions. In case of meeting some new words, write

    them down on the blackboard and give some brief hints.)

    1) What are the arguments about the value of soaps?

    2) Are you always addicted to soaps?

    2. Interview:

    3. Discussion: (It allows the students to work in pairs or small groups to discuss the

    following questions.)

    1) What kinds of soaps are you always addicted?

    2) Give your opinions.

    4. Report: (Work with your group members to draw a conclusion about your discussion on those questions and report to the whole class.)

?Vocabulary Study

    Read and explain some useful words or phrases.

    1) addict? vt.depend on as a habit使沉溺

    to addict oneself to沉溺于

    be addicted to

    n.a drug addict吸毒上瘾的人

    a work addict对工作入迷的人

    2) attractvt. awaken ones interest or pleasure in吸引

    eg.Like attracts like.


    I was deeply attracted by his performance.


    3) behaviorn. the way a person acts

    eg.His good behavior deserves praise.


    Tom won a prize for good behavior at school..

    4) capturevt. make interested or excited. 引起(注意); 迷住

    eg.Her silvery voice captured the attention of the listeners Their daring escape has captured the imagination of the whole country. 5) criticaladj. crucial, decisive决定性的; 关键的

    eg. The next two weeks will be critical for the experiment. A rescue team came at the critical moment.


    Million of people learned the critical decision on TV. 成千上万的人是从电视上了解这个决议的.

    6) deliberatelyon purpose 有意地

    eg.Human facial expressions can be deliberately controlled and modified.

    He deliberately stopped in the middle of the sentence. 7) concentrate(on)vt.focus all ones attention

    eg. It is so noisy outside that I can’t concentrate on my term paper.


    Doctors are aiming to concentrate more on the prevention of SARS than on its cure.

    8) constantlyadv. frequently, continuously 经常地?不断地

eg.It rained constantly all week.

    She was constantly complaining about the public transport. The company is constantly advertising its products. 9) episoden. each of the parts of a serial story.?连续剧?一集??作品?一段情节

    eg. In the final episode we will find out who was the murder. 在最后一集我们将得知谁是凶手。

    10) event that is either unpleasant or unusual 小事件??剧本等的?插曲?


    eg. There was a strange incident in the library this morning. That was one of the strangest incidents in my life. 这是我一生当中遇到的最奇怪的事情之一。

    11) center around/ round/on/upon cause to gather to a center 集中

    eg. Our thoughts centered on the young girl about to be married. Center this picture on the wall please.

    The discussion centers on / round the most important question. 12) identify withfeel able to share or understand the feelings and ideas of another person


    eg. Reading this biography, we can identify with the main character. His argument was so convincing that everyone identified with his opinion. 他的辩论是如此的有说服力?大家都认同了他的观点。


    13) think of „ as„ 认为„„ 是„„

    eg.view„ as„ 把„„.看作„„.

    use„ as„ 把„„用作„„

    choose„ as„把„„.选作„„.

describe„ as„把„„.描绘成„„

    work as 当„„

    14) move along 前移??良性?发展

    eg. Move along, please?〞said the conductor.

    Things began to move along.

    ?. Vocabulary Review and Consolidation

    1) Reading aloud: Let Ss read these words again and pick out some mistakes in their pronunciation.

    2) Dictation: We may choose some students to do this kind of exercises on the blackboard. 3) Games: e.g.Guessing-Game: Two students sit back-to-back. One student is given some words that must be analyzed in English or can be conveyed by their body language to the second student.

Part TwoReading and Comprehension (2 periods)

    ?Initiative Activities

     This is an important step before the actual presentation of the text. It intends to arouse Ss interest in the topic and the reading passage itself. (There are different ways to achieve this, e.g. asking questions, better relating the questions with Ss life and interest, pair work or group discussion, listening to things related with the topic or just a clear and comprehensible introduction of the text.)


    1. What is the author’s attitude towards soap operas?

    2. Why on earth are we addicted to soaps?

    Discussion Topic: (either in pair or in groups)

    1.Why is it important for soaps to develop stories around a small community or a big family?

    2.Why does the slow development of story lines become an advantage of soaps

3.Do you agree?

?Text Presentation and Language Practice

     This is the most important part of the whole unit. In the course of learning, students will (1) have a good understanding of the topic, Winning at All Costs(2) have chances to learn and practice the new words and expressions, useful patterns, and consolidate what they have previously-learnt (3) have chances to have a comprehensive practice of their language skills of reading, speaking and writing.

    1. Comprehension questions:

    1) Is everyone in favor of soap operas?

    2) What is the main reason for the popularity of soap operas? 3) How seriously do some viewers take soaps?

    4) Why are viewers eager to watch the next episode?

    5) Why are soaps easy to follow from episode to episode?

    6) Why do the fans think soaps are good?

2. Language focus

    Words & phrases:

    confidence dose issue nerve pill relieve rely risk stress have an effect on blood pressure side effect


    1) no more than 不超过?仅仅

    eg. There are no more than 10 countries attending the conference. I was no more than seven years old then.

    2) whatever无论什么

    Whatever you like, you can take it away.

Whoever you are, you shouldn’t do like this.

    Whenever you come, I’ll wait here.

    Wherever you go, I can find you.

    You can take whatever you like.

    3) succeed in doing sth. 成功做某事

    eg. They succeeded in rescuing the woman hostage.

    This teaching method is fitful for adults as well as for children.

    Mr. White as well as his three children is visiting in Beijing.

    4) compare„ with„与 compare„ to„

    eg. Poets often compare the full moon to a beautiful plate.


    After you compare the machine with that one, you can find much difference between them. 你把这台机器与那台比较之后?你会发现它们之间有很多差异。

    3. Paraphrase and translation of difficult sentences

    1) “However, when it was proved that he had relied on drugs to gain the title, Ben Johnson was stripped of the medal and sent home immediately.”

    But when it was clear that Ben Johnson had used drugs to win the championship, his medal was taken back and he was immediately banned from competition.


    2) “With the development of medical science, modern athletes have an even wider choice when it comes to pills and drugs.”

    Since medical science has developed rapidly, present-day athletes can use a variety of pills and drugs.


    ; “This is because people who take stimulants think they can keep going and

    they push their bodies too far.”

    The danger of having a heart attack exists since stimulants drive athletes to overreach themselves.


    ? Summary of the text (or Dictation)

     Soaps are very popular in spite of endless arguments about their value. Since soaps deal typically with the daily events of ordinary people, and usually center around a small community or a large family, some viewers even take the TV characters as real friends and family. Though soaps are easy entertainment, they often use a technique called the “cliff-hanger” ending, which can help to attract large audiences. According to the fans, soaps are both good entertainment and “food for thought”.

    Part ThreeText-related Exercises (2 periods)

    I Understanding Review (Exercise 1):

     This activity is to re-check students’ understanding of the topic as well as their ability to talk about the content. “Group Competition” can be used in doing this part. That is: volunteers do the activity from different groups. If a student does give correct answers, then a point is added to the record of the group performance. When he finishes, ask other groups to make a comment. Any student from other groups who make a correction for a mistake can also earn a point for his group. Otherwise, a point will be removed from the group performance record.

    Suggested Answers:

    1.„ no more than

    2. „ their real friends and family

    3. „ easy entertainment

    4. „ at a critical point in the story

    5. „ direction

II Vocabulary (Exercises2 - 3):

    This activity aims at checking as well as consolidating the students’ memorization of the hot words & phrases in the unit. “Group Competition” can be used in doing these parts.

    Suggested Answers:


    1.concentrate2. captured3. is thought of as

    4. critical5. tune in6. analyze

    7. dramatic8.predicted9. identify

    10. set free


    1. behaved2. deliberate3. motivated

    4. entertains5. identification6. analysis

    7. concentration8. prediction9. constant

    10. ranges

III Structure (Exercises4 - 6):

     This activity is to check the students’ commanding of the sentence patterns & structures as well as to practice on them through sentence rearrangement and sentence making. “Help & Save” can be used in these parts. That is: 1. Ask Student A to come up to the front with his textbook and turn his back to the projector screen or blackboard, with Student B standing by; 2. The teacher displays the answers on the projector screen or blackboard; 3. Ask Student A to give his answers; 4. Student B would make a comment. If Student A’s answer is correct, he may say, “Well done!” If there’s a mistake, he may say “There’s something wrong with your answer. Please listen.” Then he reads out the correct one on the screen; 5. Student B then asks Student A to repeat what he has just read out; 6.The teacher gives a simple closing comment on both students’ performance, especially on their communication skills such as drawing attention, interrupting, clarifying, etc.

Suggested Answers:


    1.For some critics, soaps operas are no more than mindless entertainment. 2.Some viewers think of the TV characters as real friends and family.

    ; The stories are usually based on problems within personal relationships and family life.

    ; Some viewers can easily identify with the feelings and opinions of the TV characters.

    ; They like to analyze the behaviour and motives of the characters. Exercise6:

    Model 1: „ think of sb. /sth. as„

    1. The students think of their English teacher as one of their best friends. 2. Hunter thought of his brother’s reply as acceptance and agreement..

Model 2: „ the direction that „

    1. He showed us a photo that reminded us of the good old days in our childhood. 2. I was stopped by an old man who asked me for the way to the post office.

Model 3: Whatever the critics say, „.

    1. Whatever I said, he would disagree with me.

    2. Whatever he did, I would not change my mind.

Model 4: as much as

    o My mother likes watching soap opera as much as my father likes watching football


    2.I enjoy reading good books as much as my sister enjoys buying fashionable clothes. Model 5: „, with five or six different story lines all running at the same time.

    1.He fell to the floor, with blood flowing from his nose.

    o The boy felt more uneasy, with the whole class staring at him.

IV Translation (Exercise 5):

    This activity requires that the students use the key words, phrases, expressions and sentence structures appear in the text to practice translation from Chinese into English. “Help & Save” can be used in this part.

    Suggested Answers:

    1. „ because your radio is not properly tuned.

    2. „ ,Britain set free most of the war prisoners.

    3. The government has taken a range of measures

    4. „ he was concentrating on the TV serial

    5. „ I felt unable to identify with the characters in it.

V Grammar (Exercises7-8):

    ivity is to check students’ understanding and using of the grammar tip---- This act

    “ Indefinite Pronoun”

    Suggested Answers:


    o Some of these shirts go with jackets and others are sold separately.

    o This dictionary is my brother’s but that one is not his.

    o Something strange happened to her when she returned home after work.

    o He was told that it was I who asked for his suggestions.

    o Every one of the students here has a great interest in physics.

    o We each have been given a lot of assignments for the weekend.

    o Some of us have to study their lessons more carefully if they hope to pass the tests.

    o “What’s this?” “It is a newly designed schoolbag.”

    o John helped me finish my work and it was very kind of him.

    o “ May I help you with some shoes, Madam?”

    “ Yes, I’d like to try on those white ones.”

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