Warming up and Reading
Words and expressions
Many people including you may prefer to go traveling for a bre
ak. 1. Why do people like traveling ? 2. If you are going traveling, where are you going? 3. How are you going?
Warming up –II
Do you know the following places, have you ever traveled to them?
Tian’ anmen Square
The Great Wall
The Heaven Temple
The North Pole
Under the sea
The South Pole
What do you have to consider before you decide which means of transportation you will use? means of transportation
by bus at the bus stop
by ship/boat/sea at the port/ harbor
by plane/ air at the airport
What do you have to consider before you decide
which means of transportation you will use?
Cost(花费) Safety(安全) Comfort (舒适) Quickness Convenience (方便)
What kind of transport do you prefer
to use, bus, train or airplane? Why?
Advantage very cheap efficient for short journeys goes to small towns/cities …
Disadvantages takes longer than train or air plane does not provide meals, uncomfortable …
Advantage cheaper than the airplane journey ends in the centre of the town/city … Disadvantages
takes longer than the airplane does not provide meals crowded …
Advantage cheaper than the airplane provides accommodation ad meals …
more expensive than the train or bus not convenient for visiting inland places …
Advantage quick efficient provides meals …
airplane Disadvantages expensive journey ends far from the city ….
According to the following chart, in pairs,
discuss the fares and decide where to go.
From Xining Qinghai To Vientiane Laos By Train Air Travel fare RMB 1320 RMB 3200
Phnom Penh Cambodia
Ho Chi MInh City Vietnam
RMB 1490 RMB 2600
RMB 1650 RMB 3500
While you are discussing with your partner,
ask each other the following questions:
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?
Sample dialogue A: Tom, where are you going on holiday? B: I’m going to Laos. A: When are you leaving? B: Next Sunday. A: How are you going to Laos? B: I’m taking a plane. A: How long are you staying in Laos? B: About two weeks. A: Great. Have a good trip. B: Thanks.
1. Many people live beside a river. How do they make use of it in their daily life?
irrigate their fields
make electricity go swimming
travel along the river ……
The world has many great rivers.
If you could follow the route of
only one of them, which one
would you choose? Why? I’d like to travel to the … River.
Because it is…
The Pearl River Yangtze River Yellow River
Danube River (Central Europe)
Amazon River (Brazil)
Nile River (Egypt)
Seine ( France)
Look at the map on page 18 and list the countries that the Mekong River flows through. Myanmar
Cambodia Vietnam South China Sea
Moon River Moon river, wider than a mile;
I'm crossing you in style some day;
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker;
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’
Two drifters, off to see the world;
There’s such a lot of world to see;
We're after the same rainbow’s;
Waitin’, round the bend my
Moon river, and me……
The Mekong is the largest
river in South East Asia at
around 4,500 kms long. The
river comes from the Tibet in
China, flowing through Tibet, Myanmar (缅甸), Laos(老挝), Thailand, Cambodia(柬埔寨) and the Mekong delta in
The Tibetans know the river as the ―Turbulent (动荡的) River", the Cambodians as "Great Water", the Vietnamese as the "Nine Dragons River" and closer to home the Thai and Lao people refer to it as "Mai Nam Kong" - Mother of Waters!
The Mekong has a long
history of exploration
and of both slow and
modern boats carrying
passengers along it's
waters. It is well known
at the Golden Triangle.
Journey down the Mekong
Read the passage and give the
main ideas of each paragraph.
Tell the reason.
Para 1 Dream
middle school: dream about graduate from the college: get the chance last year: visit the cousins, get them interested in find the source of the river do the trip properly be excited about the altitude an interesting experience go to the library find a large atlas with good maps
Para 2 Really stubborn Para 3 Plan
Read the passage carefully and answer the following questions.
1. What was Wang Kun and Wang Wei’s idea of a good trip? Their idea was to take a long bike trip.
2. Who planned the trip to the Mekong?
Wang Wei panned the trip.
3. Where is the source of the Mekong and which sea does it enter?
The source of the river is in Qinghai Province and it enters the South China Sea. 4. What can you see when you travel along the Melong? You can see the source glacier, rapids, hills, valleys, waterfalls and plains.
plain delta glacier
rapids canyon valley
5. What difficulties did Wang Kun and Wang Wei find about their journey? The journey will begin at an altiude of more than 5,000 metres, where it is hard to breathe and very cold.
6. What do you think about Wang Kun and Wang Wei? Wang Kun’s character: enthusiastic, critical, sensible Wang Wei’s character: imaginative, organized, eager, persistent, stubborn, risk-taking.
Look at the following sentences from the text and explain them in your own words
She gave me a determined look-the kind that said that she would not change her mind. This sentence means that she has
decided to do something and will not
change her ideas.
... my sister does not care about details. This sentence means that she has
decided to do something and will
not change her ideas.
It makes wide bends or meanders through low valleys to the plains where rice grows
The sentence means that the Mekong
river flows slowly and gently through the valleys and reaches the farming plains.
An attitude is what a person thinks
about something. Write down Wang
Wei’s and Wang Kun’s attitude to the trip. Then add your own opinion.
Wang Wei’s Positive to the trip. She wants to organise it as it was her idea. attitude
Less positive to the trip as he Wang Kun’s wants to organise it and thinks he attitude can do that better than his sister. It sounds like a wonderful trip My attitude and I would love to be able to do a trip like that myself one day.
Complete the Form
Taking a great bike trip.
They bought ______________, expensive bikes
got their cousins
preparations ____________________and interested in travelling found_______. an atlas
It begins at ___________________ a glacier on a Tibetan quickly The _________, mountain moves ______ and Mekong passes through deep valleys Half __________. River of it is in China _____. the Southeast Asia It enters _________________. Then it travels slowly through hills and low valleys and plains ___________________________. At last it enters the South China _______________ Sea ___.
Work in pairs. Imagine that you are
Wang Kun and Wang Wei. Choose a paragraph from the passage and use the information to help you make up a dialogue.
WW: You know we’ve always wanted to do a
long bike trip. Why don’t we go on one
after we graduate from college?
WK: That’s a good idea. But where we going? WW: What about cycling along the Mekong River? WK: It sounds interesting, but how do you want to plan it?
WW: I think we should do it properly. We
must find the source of the river and
start from there.
WK: Well, the Mekong River begins in
Qinghai Province. That means we’re
going to be cycling at an altitude of
more than 5.000 metres.
WW: Oh, I think that’s exciting, don’t you?
WK: Remember that the air will be hard to breathe and it’ll be very cold. WW: That’s going to make it an interesting
WK: I wish you weren’t so stubborn. You
don’t know where it is but you still insist
that know better than anyone else. Now I
know that the proper way is always your
way, but have you looked at a map yet?
WW: No, I haven’t. That’s just a detail!
WK: OK. I can see by your determined
look that you won’t change your
Compare the following sentences with different stresses and explain the meaning. We were both surprised to learn that half the river is in China. (means we didn’t know this)
We were both surprised to learn that
half the river is in China.
(means we thought that maybe more
than half was in China)
We were both surprised to learn that
half the river is in China.
(means that we didn’t know that half the river is in China)
Who do you think was right about the trip? Why?
I think Wang Kun is right, because if it
is too cold and too high, the trip will be
hard. People will have some difficulty in
breathing at a high altitude. Wherever we go we need an atlas so that we will not lose our way.
Discussion: In groups of four, summarize the main idea of the passage and tell why.
What’s the main idea of the text?
The passage tells us a main idea that no
success in life merely happens by describing my sister’s and my dream---taking a bike trip and preparations for the trip.
(Students can have their own opinions.)
dream about – bike trip – graduation – college – chance – come true – think of the idea – cycle along the Mekong River -- buy expensive bike – get cousins interested – Wang Wei – stick to the idea – source -begin their journey – Qinghai Province – not
change her mind– excited – altitude – 5000
meters –before the trip -- atlas – library --
know clearly about
Try to retell the reading in the third
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