Read the passage and answer the questions. 1. What are after-school activities?
Can you give some examples?
Activities that take place when school
ished. For example: baseball.
2. Why are after-school activities
considered so important? Because they develop social skills such as leadership, and allow students to develop individual talents.
3. Why are competitive sports considered so important? Because many Americans believe that
being able to compete properly is
4. What happens in summer camp? The students take part in different outdoor activities.
Answer the questions. ability academic after-school backpacking water skiing
1. Why is the ability to get on with people
important? So that you can work and play with
people successfully in society.
2. Can you name three academic subjects?
For example, maths, biology, physics,
history, geography …
3. Where would you like to go
4. Why are after-school activities given
this name? Because they take place outside lesson time. 5. Do you need a boat to go water
skiing? You need a boat to pull the water-skier.
Read the passage again and complete the sentences. 1. What employers and colleges want are ______________________________ students who have skills in several _____. areas 2. Getting on with other students is considered ______________. very important 3. Football and basketball are examples of competitive sports __________________.
4. For some parents, academic success is
not as important_______________ as learning how
____________________. to compete successfully
5. In the summer camps, children
__________________________ take part in different kinds of outdoor
6. Younger children go to summer camps, but most older children ______________________________. go camping with groups of friends 7. Backpacking in the mountains of the
west is popular ________________________. with older students
1. … the development of social skills is
considered as important as the
development of intellectual skills. consider v. 考虑 e.g. The problem is being considered.
Have you considered how to get there?
They are considering operating the
We considered him our close friend.
We consider it a great honor to be
invited to the party. He is considered to have invented the bike. consider...as... regard...as/treat...as.../look on...as.../think of...as.../take...as
2. an opportunity to take part in many
different kinds of outdoor activities,…
outdoor adj. 户外的
e.g. He’s not really an outdoor type.
3. Older teenagers are more likely to get
summer jobs or go camping with a
group of friends.
be likely to do 有可能
e.g. The train is likely to be late.
这趟火车很可能晚点。 His condition is unlikely to improve. 他的境况不大可能好转。
Work in groups. Answer the questions. 1. What have you learnt about American high school life? Example: They receive a high school diploma at the end of school.
2. What do you like/dislike about American
high school life?
Example: I think it’s great that they have
so many after-school activities.
On the other hand, my feeling is
that they have too much to do.
They seem to be so busy!
Decide if there are aspects of American high school life that seem unusual to you. If so, what are they? Example: I think the senior prom is a strange tradition. Here are some more phrases you can use: I like the fact that… It worries me that… It seems strange to me that…
Write an article for a student
newspaper about your ideal senior
high school life.
Paragraph 1: Give some information about yourself: name, age, class and what your favorite subjects are. Say what type of school you prefer, for example, large or small, the
best timetable and how long you think
the vacations should be.
Describe what after-school clubs you
would like to join in your ideal school,
for example, sports as well as other
activities. Say if you think there should be clubs at lunch-time.
Describe what special occasions you
think there should be in your ideal school life. Say what you think the most important things are in your ideal senior high school life.
Sample: My name is Lingling. I am seventeen years old, and am in Class 2. My favorite subjects are maths and physics. I am very happy in our school because it is a small secondary school, and you know most of the students and teachers here. I wouldn't like to be in a big anonymous school.
I think the timetable is mostly good, but I
would like some more free study time to work in the library. I also think the long holidays should be shorter, but there should often be long study weekends - say three or four times a year, we should have Friday to Monday off to complete projects.
I would like there to be more out-ofclass activities like in American and
British schools. I am a member of the
gymnastics group here, and that is great,
but in my opinion there should be a film
society for us older students, where we could see films from lots of different countries which don’t come to our cinemas.
It could also be a good idea to have other societies which met at lunch-time, so that students have something different to do between morning and afternoon lessons – a music club, for example, where we could hear different kinds of music. It would be nice if there were other special events for the final year students, too.
For example, a dinner-dance in the evening two or three times during the year. Another great idea would be to go away as a class somewhere for a week, just to get to know each other better and have a good time in a nice place. Of course, studying hard and doing well at school are the most important things for senior high school students, but learning how to interact socially is important, too.
What after-school activities do you like? Why?