Do you like traveling? If you could go anywhere in the world, which country would you like to visit? Why?
What is it?Where is it taken ?
The Statue of Liberty U.S.A.
Tower Bridge Britain
Eiffel Tower France
The Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy
The Pyramids Egypt
Red Square Russia
Taj Mahal India
Do you want to go abroad for a further study?
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying in a foreign country?
Advantages help us to be independent. would be easier to learn a foreign language. easier to learn advanced knowledge and technology. learn a lot about local customs and broaden our views. fun to live in a new country. relaxing get rid of anxiety have many new experiences
Disadvantages difficult to communicate with others will cost a lot of money. may be tiring to live in a new country. must look after oneself.
Keep it up, Xie Lei Chinese student fitting in well
1 What do you think she might find difficult? 2 Will she overcome the difficulties at last?
3 Who will help her?
I. Skim the text and answer the questions. 1.What is Xie Lei in England for?How long has she been in England? She is in England to study at a university.She’s been in England for six months. 2.Which two types of people have helped Xie Lei most since she came to England? A. Her classmates. C.A host family B. Tutors D. Her family
II. Scan the text
Task 1 Put the events into order.
___The difficulties Xie Lei met while living in London;
___The newspaper will follow Xie Lei’s progress in later editions.
___The general introduction to Xie Lei and her study; ___The advantages that Xie Lei gained while living with a host family. ___ Xie Lei is now getting along well and is living an active life. ___ Xie Lei, a Chinese girl, is studying in a foreign country--London. ___Xie Lei is getting used to the Western University’s way of learning .
Task 2 Answer the following questions:
1.Why is she doing a preparation course first? (para.2) Xie Lei’s preparation course can help her to get used to academic requirements of a Western university. So she first finished the course. 2.What are some of difficulties she faced when she first came to England? (para.3) Learning how to do everyday things like using a phone, paying on a bus, finding her way, understanding English in real life
3.Why does Xie Lei have such a decision that she would like to board with a host family while studying in England? (para.4)
A.She feels lonely while staying in a foreign country. B.She is afraid to get used to a new life in a new country. C.She can make good preparations for her courses. D.She can have opportunities to learn more about everyday life and customs in a new country.
4.How does Xie Lei try to get used to the new social life in England? (para.6)
A.She tried to avoid rising a feeling of homesick.
B.She tries to join in a few university clubs to share more social activities and meet some people she had much in common with.
C.She tries to put her heart into her preparation for her courses. D.She tries to protect herself from the strange enviroment and does nothing to make herself familiar with the culture.
5.What is the main idea of the passage? Give one sentence to describe it.
It talks about the Chinese student Xie Lei’s experience in the UK.
6.Why do you think the reporter used some direct speech in the article?
The writer used direct speech to show that he got the information in the article from Xie Lei herself. It also makes the article more interesting and gives some insight into Xie Lei’s character.
7.Where do you think this article might have been published?
It may have been published in a student newspaper/magazine or in a small local newspaper.
While studying in London, Xie Lei has some difficulties as well as benefits. listen to the tape, and try to find them according to the diagram given.
of doing a preparation course
requirements 1. to learn how to fulfill ____Westernacademic _____________.
way of life 2. to get used to a new _________.
of living with a host family
everyday life and ________. customs 1. to learn more about _________ 2.to have people to explain things ____________. not understood of having a tutor use other 1. to explain about why you cannot _____ acknowledging people’s work without ____________it. encourage you to express your own ideas. 2. to ________
at the university analyze widely and ________the 1.learning to read ________ texts.
expressing 2. ___________one’s own opinion with __________. reasons
of a new way of life
1. finding a __________ between study and balance a ________________. social life
friends 2. making new __________.
Summary: Fill in the blanks with what we have learned in this class. boarded a plane for London six months ago to Xie Lei _______
qualification She is now halfway through the complete a business___________. preparation year. At the beginning, she had to learn almost __________ everything again. She lives with a _____ host family, which gives her opportunity to learn more about everyday life and _______ customs the __________ in her new country. essay to her______, She wrote her first ______ tutor but she only got an E. at got used to the life and she feels much more __ Now she has_________ home and is going to join a few university _____ clubs in order to have _____ balance between study and a social life. We wish Xie lei all the a _______ enterprise best with her_______. Keep it up ! Xie lei.
1.What kind of person do you think Xie Lei is? Discuss with your partners and find evidence in the article to support your opinion. excellent diligent brave strong-minded firm determined progressing hard-working …
I think Xie Lei is an excellent diligent girl, she can face difficulties bravely and she has firm determination, she studies well and has already made progress. Evidence: 1 “ It’s not just study that’s difficult. You have to get used to a whole new way of life.” 2 “ When I miss my family, it’s a great comfort to have a substitute family to come home to.” 3 “ I have been so occupied getting used to everything that I haven’t had time for social activities.”
2.When Xielei studies abroad, where does she stay? What kind of living ways do you want to choose if you have a chance to study abroad?
A.Live with other students: Make friends with students from different countries and know more about the world.
B.Homestay: ( Live with a host family)
Learn more about the culture in that country.
1. Suppose you are a newspaper reporter.Please interview Xie Lei using the following words or phrases: keep it up, get along, make progress, board, adjust to, It is the first time .... get used to, as far as one is concerned, feel at home, all the best, etc. 2. Suppose you are Xie Lei. Please write a paragraph beginning with "When I came to England for the first time, it was hard for me to get used to ..."