Unit 5 Music
Speaking & Writing
P73 Reading task
This song is a ballad and tells a
story. Each part tells som
e of the
story. Write down the main idea
for each part.
1. When his son is growing up, his father is often away and very busy. But the son wants to copy his father. 2. At ten the father is too busy to play with his son, but the son still wants to copy his father.
3. Home from college the son is too busy to talk to his father. 4. Now the father is old and retired, he finds his son is too busy to see him. He now realizes that his son has grown up just like him.
Do you want to form your own band to take part in the music festival?
Form your own band in groups of six. Decide who will play what instrument and who will sing. Decide the name of your band and what kind of band you will be. For example, will you be a rock band, or a small group of singers? Then, choose an English song for your “band” to perform.
You may find this song on the internet
or on some of your own tapes or CDs.
Practise singing your song to the
music and then perform to the class. This may be just the beginning for you and your band!
I’d like to suggest…. How/ What about…? Let’s…. Let me say that…. What do you think…? What if we…? Why don’t we…? I think we should…. Maybe we could….
S1: What music shall be performed in our band? I like folk music. What about you? S2: I’d like to suggest Chinese folk music. I like it very much. What do you all think?
S3: I don’t mind what music we choose as long as I don’t have to sing. I think we should pretend to play an instrument. Maybe I can bring in my brother’s guitar. S4: Yes. That sounds good but let me say that I don’t like to sing in public so I think we should have a backing group that supports the main singer. What do you think?
S1: Who’s the best singer here? S2: I’m in the school choir. S3: Me too. Why don’t we sing a Chinese folk song together with a guitar and one backing singer. S1: It’s OK by me. S4: Now all we have to do is to choose the song. Let’s make a list of our favourites …
Writing for practical purpose: Asking for advice
How to organize the letter? Part 1 Explain the situation. Part 2 Ask question(s). Part 3 Politely ask for help.
Useful expressions for asking for
advice and suggestions.
1). I would be grateful if you could give me some advice. 2). How can I …
3). What can you suggest?
4). I would appreciate your reply offering some suggestions. 5). Do you have some good advice on … 6). Does anyone has any tips on … 7). I can’t decide whether … 8). I would like to know how can I …
9). I am a little bit confused. I am
looking forward to receiving your
advice letter and thank you in advice. 10). I really don’t want to bother you, but … Would you offer me some advice?
Write an e-mail to Freddy for his advice on how to make your band successful. Try to use the useful expressions for asking for advice and suggestions we have mentioned
Dear Freddy: My name is Li Hua. I?m beginning a band with my friends. However, we have never been in a band before. Could you please give us some advice? I would like to know what music to play and we cannot decide.
I like pop music but most of my friends like rock ?n? roll. Liu Mei likes rap. How are we to decide what to play? Do you suggest we play a little of all of these types of music? Or should we only play one kind of music? How did you and your friends decide what to play?
We hope you can give us some advice. Yours hopefully, Li Hua
Writing task P74
The Beatles I have been collecting the songs of the Beatles for a long time now. I first saw them on the television and I was at once attracted by their attractive personalities and the fun they seemed to have. Actually, that is funny in one way because my favourite song is “Yesterday”
which is very sad. However, not all their songs are like that. Some are funny, others are cheerful and express original ideas and have lovely tunes. They seemed able to combine and ability to communicate with young people and describe their hopes and fears. I am sure that their music will still be remembered many years from now.
They were the most famous band of the 1960s and it is still possible to enjoy and admire their songs even today.
1. Revise and summary the language items learned in this unit. 2. Write letter to ask for advice. 3. Try to write a short passage to introduce a musician/ singer /composer / conductor.