课标人教实验版 高一 Module 1 Unit 3
Before you listen, read the exersises on P 23 and predict what the listening is about.
2. Listen t
o the tape and tick the statement which tells the main idea of the dialogue.
A A girl from Laos told Wang Kun about how Laotians use the Mekong River. B A girl told Wang Kun about what they would see along the Mekong River. C A girl from Laos told Wang Kun about how important and beautiful the Mekong is.
3. Listen again and complete the passage below.
The Mekong is the most important river in Laos. It even _______ appears on the national _____ flag of the country. Laotian people use the river for washing _______, ________ fishing and ____________ transporting goods and the people around the country. They call the Mekong
“the ____ sea of Laos, you can visit temples, but in Tibet people call it “the water of _______”. If you follow the river in Laos, rocks you can visit temples, caves and a _________. waterfall At night, you can sleep in some small _______by the river. villages
Part 3 CHATTING WITH A GIRL The next day the travellers see a girl (G) walking along the road. Wang Kun speaks to her. WK: Hello! G: Hello! Are you travellers?
WK: Yes. We’re travelling along the
Mekong River. We’ve been all
through China and now we’re going to follow the river through Laos.
G: I’m Laotian. The Mekong’s our most important river. Did you know that it appears on our national flag. WK: Really? G: Yes. We use the river for washing, fishing and transporting things
around the country.
We’d be lost without it. It’s better than a road. WK: Well, no wonder I’ve seen boats going up and down- they’re transporting goods and people. G: Yeah. We call it “the sea of Laos” although we are not near the sea. It’s because the water is as useful to us as the sea.
WK: How interesting! In Tibet the
river’s called “The water of the rocks”. Both names tell us a lot about the river, don’t they?
G: Yes, they do. Watch out for the
temples, caves and a waterfall
along the river.
WK: Wow! Can we sleep by the river?
G: Yes, of course you can. There are
many small villages along the river.
You can stay there if you wish.
WK: Thanks a lot.
1. Listen and tick the words you hear.
□ Tibet □ Vientiane
□ village □ candles
□ lights □ truck □ ducks □ chickens
□ Vietnam □ plains □ border
2. Listen to the tape again.
1. Which border of Laos is made by the
Mekong River? The western border of Laos. 2. What did Wang Kun and his sister see when they cycled across the plains? They saw how mountains covered in trees.
3. Which is the best season to travel to Laos? Why? Autumn is the best season to travel in Laos because it is cool and dry.
4. What did the river sound like? The river sounded like a man singing in a low voice. 5. How did they go to Vientiane after lunch? After lunch they went to Vientiane by bus.
Part 4 OUR JOURNEY THROUGH LAOS The next day we crossed the border into Laos. We were interested to learn that most of the western border is formed by the Mekong River. The country also has the smallest number of people in
Southeast Asia, so there is plenty of space for villages and fields. As we cycled across the plains, we could see many low mountains covered in trees. Autumn is the best time to travel here. The weather was so cool and dry that it was pleasant to ride alongside the river.
On our third night we slept in a small
village on little pieces of wood. The
village had no lights. In a few houses,
however, we could see candles. It was very quiet. On the small road near the village, we heard only one truck all night. However, the river sounded like
a man singing in a low voice. The next morning we made an early start and travelled quite far before lunch. Along the way, strange buses called tuc-tuks passed us. For lunch we ate a special noodle soup.
After lunch we were tired so we put our bikes on a bus going to Vientiane-the capital of Laos. A cage of chickens sang
to us all the way!
Listening Task P58
1. Listen and write the main idea in one sentence. Wang Kun and Wang Wei met an old man fishing by the river in Laos, and they talked about the life on the river and the changes.
2. Listen again and fill in the information on the chart. Life along the river in the past 1 2 3 Life along the river now 1 2 3
Answers: Life along the river in the past 1. There were many small villages by the river. 2. The fishermen used to catch fish. 3. They sold the fish to make money.
Life along the river now 1. Some villages have disappeared. 2. New dams have been built. 3. Some people have moved to the towns and work there.
Part 5 BY THE RIVER IN LAOS After leaving noisy and crowded Vientiane, we cycled onto the south. On our way we saw an old man fishing on the Mekong. We stopped to talk to him. We put our hands together to greet him in the way of his people. He smiled and moved his head down a bit. Then he spoke to us.
M= Man WK= Wang Kun WW= Wang Wei M: Good morning. Where are you going? WK: We’re travelling along the Mekong. Can you tell us about life by the river? M: Well, it’s changed a lot. In the past there were many small villages along the river. The fisher-man caught many different kinds of fish and sold them.
WW: Has life changed much? M: Er, the new dams made a difference to many people’s lives. Some villages disappeared and now many people live and work in the towns. They live a better life there, but I prefer the old way of life and so I’m still here. I like the peaceful life along the river and I don’t like the noise of the city because I am a good fisherman.
WK: Do you catch many fish? M: I catch enough for my family and I sell what’s left over to other people. WW: That sounds good. What else can you see by the river? M: There are many different kinds of animals and plants as well as temples, caves and a waterfall. It’s a protected area so you can tell that it’s very special.