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Lesson 25: Do the English speak English?

1.Where did the writer arrive? 2.Why couldn’t the writer understand the porter? 3.Why does the writer wonder?

Do the English speak English?
?

I arrived in London at last. The railway station was big, black and dark. I did not know the way to my hotel, so I asked a porter. I not only spoke English very carefully, but very clearly as well. The porter, however, could not understand me. I repeated my question several times and at last he understood. he answered me, but he spoke neither slowly nor clearly. ‘I am a foreigner,’ I said.

Then he spoke slowly, but I could not understand him. My teacher never spoke English like that! The porter and I looked at each other and smiled. Then he said something and I understood it. ‘You’ll soon learn English!’ he said. I wonder. In England, each person speaks a different language. The English understand each other, but I don’t understand them! Do they speak English?

questions
1. Where did the writer arrive? 2. Why couldn’t the writer understand the porter? 3. Why does the writer wonder? Answers: 1. He arrived the railway station in London. 2. Because the porter spoke neither clearly nor slowly. 3. He wonders because the English understand each other, but he doesn’t understand them.

Questions
1. Which language do you think is the most widely used language in the world? 2. Do you know the meaning of “Englishes”?

Can you list the countries that use English as an official(官方的) language?

England

Canada
the USA

India

Australia
New Zealand

South Africa

What are the two main groups of English? Br E & Am.E When you hear two native speakers of English, they may still not speak the same kind of English.

The differences between British English and American English.
BrE autumn typhoon I think colour centre traveller AmE fall tornado I guess color center traveler

vocabulary spelling

pronunciation dance [da:ns] dance[d?ns] not [not] not [na:t]

Reading

THE ROAD TO
MODERN ENGLISH

Skimming to get general ideas

Main ideas First part English is widely used in (Paras. 1-2) the world. Second part Why has English changed (Paras. 3-5) over time?

Scanning to get detail information

History of development of English

时间和国家
today the end of the 16th century the next century More people speak in more countries

England

Many other countries

English speakers can _____________ understand even __________ if each other _______ they don't speak the same kind of English. Can English speakers understand each other?

Why has English changed
over time?
Because of cultural communication.

Fill in the blanks with proper words according to the text 1. The English between AD 450 and 1150 was based more on _______. German 2.From AD 800 to 1150, those who ruled England spoke first _______ Danish and later ________. French

3. At the end of the 16th century, about _________________ five to seven million people spoke English. Nearly all of them lived in England.

4. In 1620 some British settlers moved to ________. In the 18th America century, some British people were taken to __________. Australia English began to be spoken in both countries.

5.English is also spoken as a second foreign or ______ language in many other countries in Africa and ____________. South Asia

6.Today, the number of people learning rapidly As English in China is increasing _______. a matter of fact, China may have the _________ largest number of English learners.

Discussion
Why are more and more people learning English?

Homework
Write a passage How can you learn English well?
Key words: make use of enrich fluent gradually


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