Unit 3 Travel journal Reading: Journey down the Mekong
Teaching goals 1. Learn something about the Mekong River through reading. 2. Students can use what they have learned to introduce t
he Mekong River. 3. Students should get some new words and expressions. Teaching important and difficult points: 1. Understand the text well. 2. Try to master the useful new words & expressions in this period. Teaching aids: a computer & a projector Teaching procedures Step Ⅰ Warming Up T: Do you like travelling? Present some pictures of beautiful places to arouse their interest of travelling. Meanwhile, the teacher can also ask some more questions to make the students say something about their journey, such as their plans of trips, the difficulties they met in their journey and so on. Step Ⅱ Lead In T: Q1: Have you visited any river? Q2: How many great rivers do you know? Q3: If you could travel down only one of them, which one would you choose? Why? Ask the students the locations of some famous rivers in the world. (Mekong, Rhein, Seine, Nile, Thames, Congo, Amazon, Mississippi, Volg) Step Ⅲ Pre-reading T: Have you visited the Mekong River? If no, let’s learn something about it. 1. Show a picture of the Mekong River and the brief introduction of it. Ask them: Can you list the countries that the Mekong River flows through? 3. Enjoy the beautiful sights along the Mekong River to arouse their interest of it.
Step IV Reading In this step, get the students to read the text and finish some tasks. Task1: Listen to the tape, then match the main idea of each para. Para.1 Para.2 Para.3 preparation for their trip their dream a stubborn sister
Task2: Read para.1 and para.2 carefully, then answer some questions Q1. Who are Wang kun and Wang Wei? Q2.What are their dreams? Q3.Who are Dao Wei and Yu Hang? Q4. Is it a difficult journey to cycle along the Mekong? Why? Q5.What can you see when you travel along the Mekong River? Task3: Careful reading for para.3 and find out the information of the Mekong. Task4: Group work Work in groups of 4 and try to be a tour guide and introduce the Mekong. Fill in the blanks ? ①The Mekong River which is called the Lancang River in China begins in a ______ on a Tibetan mountain and enters the ________________ at last. ? ②At first the river is small and the water is ______ and _____. Then it
begins to move ______. Sometimes it becomes ______, sometimes it becomes a __________.After it leaves China and high altitude, it becomes ____, _____ and _____. As it enters Southeast Asia, its ____ slows. Step V Post-reading Task 1: Make comparison An attitude is what a person thinks about something. Make lists of Wang Wei’s and Wang Kun’s similar and different attitudes about the trip. Task 2: Debate Which character do you like, Wang Kun or Wang wei? Why? Task 3: Understand two mottos Keep everything before a rainy day.
未雨绸缪，有备无患。 Beforehand preparation leads to success. 凡事预则立。 Step VI Homework Read the text again and find the useful words and expressions.