Audio-Visual English Course (2008-2009 1st Semester) Unit 4 At the Movies 1st Class Ready, Set, Go! Warm-up exercise: Warm-up exercise: Write about one or two of My Favorite Movies Recommending: Homerun, Mulan Do you prefer funny movies or serious ones that really make you think? Are your favorite shows action-packed or romantic or both? Section 1 Sound Recognition / iə / The end of the pier码头 is near I fear and the mist hasn’t cleared. / əu / The thing wouldn’t grow even slowly in this cold, you know. / uə / I’m sure this is newer and purer than the drink in that ewer水罐. / oi / I was annoyed at the boy for spoiling the toy which belongs to Joy. Section 2 Interactive Listening Task 1 Activity 1 The words and phrases in the Word Box will appear in the following dialogue. Study the definitions so that you will be able to read along with the recording. Word Box comedy: a book or movie that is funny hectic: very busy imaginary: something pretended or not real I haven’t … in ages: This phrase means it has been a b\very long time since I … “Indiana Jones” is the name of a famous movie. Harrison Ford is the name of the main actor in this movie. We’re set: We’re made a decision or Our plans are complete. Section 2 Interactive Listening Task 1 Activity 2 Listen to the following dialogue. Write the missing words and phrases you hear in the blank spaces provided to complete the dialogue. Keys for reference Danny Lynn Friday night / rent a movie / at home / week / boring / lots of action / funny Section 2 Interactive Listening Task 1 Activity 3 Answering the following questions regarding the dialogue above. Write your answers in the space provided and discuss your answers in class. 1. How do you think the speakers are related to each other? 2. What does Lynn mean when he says: ‘I could use a good laugh’? 3. Has Danny seen the movie before? If so, why does he want to watch it again? Section 3 Culture Klatch Activity 1 Listen to the passage. From the context of the passage, identify and write the definitions of the words or phrases in the Word Box. Do not use a dictionary . Word Box bring/come to life: refers to something imaginary, such as a story, becoming real because it is so well-told. (vivid) bring/come to an end/a halt bring/come into being stale不新鲜的, 陈腐的, 疲倦的, 陈旧的boring or unused, cracker/biscuit/bread go bad imagination-blunt钝的, 生硬/dull感觉或理解 迟钝的/stale passively: the brain is only receiving input actively: the brain is working to understand and imagine positively/negatively made for the screen/the page: first written as a movie/a book genre: a general style or category(文艺作品的)风格, 类型, 流派 prefer A over B increasingly lack original origin amazing inactivity/ replace Section 3 Culture Klatch Activity 1 Listen to the passage. From the context of the passage, identify and write the definitions of the words or phrases in the Word Box. Do not use a dictionary . Word Box The Lord of the Rings指环王 The Chronicles of Narnia：The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe纳尼亚传 奇：狮王、女巫和魔衣橱 类型：动作/冒险/史诗/奇幻/科幻/惊悚/家庭 Dune沙丘魔堡 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory查理和巧克力工厂 / 港译：朱古力掌门人 Finding Nemo 海底总动员 Toy Story玩具总动员 The Incredibles 超人特工队/超人总动员 Monsters Inc.怪物公司 Shrek 怪物史莱克 Section 3 Culture Klatch Activity 2 You’ll hear a series of sentences related to what you’ve just heard. Write the down the sentences and check your dictation for accuracy. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Section 3 Culture Klatch Activity 2 You’ll hear a series of sentences related to what you’ve just heard. Write the down the sentences and check your dictation for accuracy. 1. The writer prefers reading a book to watching a movie. 2. Watching a movie is a passive way of hearing a story, but reading a book requires active use of the imagination. 3. Many children’s books have been made into movies. 4. Some of the best movies are original stories that were made for the screen. 5. People do not have enough patience to spend time reading if they can watch a movie instead. Section 3 Culture Klatch Activity 3 Listen to the passage and fill in the blanks to complete this summary. ____ a book take more _____ and _____ than watching a movie. Reading also requires ____ participation by the reader in order to bring the story ____ in his or her imagination. Movies, on the other hand, are passive. Whenever a book ____ into a movie, the ______ of our society becomes _____. It would be _____if movies were written as movies, and ______ were left as books in order to train the imagination of the ____ generation. Section 3 Culture Klatch Activity 3 Listen to the passage and fill in the blanks to complete this summary. Keys for reference reading time patience active to life Movies is made imagination stale best books next Section 3 Culture Klatch Have you ever watched a movie that was based on a book you had already read? What did you think? Did you prefer one over the other? Movies are just one way of telling a story or sharing an idea, but increasingly movies are becoming the most popular way. It might take ten or twenty hours to read a good book, but it seems that many people these days either lack the spare time or don’t have the patience to read. Instead, they prefer to watch a two-hour movie. Section 3 Culture Klatch Many of my favorite stories from childhood have been made into movies. Some examples are The Lord of the Rings指环王, The Chronicles of Narnia：The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe纳尼亚 传奇：狮王、女巫和魔衣橱, Dune沙丘魔堡, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory查理和巧克力工厂 / 港译：朱古力掌门人. All of these are pretty good films, but in my opinion none of them are even half as good as the original books! These movies have amazing special effects that appear to bring the stories to life. However, the enjoyment of these movies seems stale to me because one simply watches them passively and doesn’t have to actively imagine anything. When reading the book, the story and the settings and all of the characters come to life more vividly in the reader’s own imagination. Section 3 Culture Klatch I think that the imagination of our whole society is becoming stale by inactivity and this problem get worse whenever another delightful book is taken off the shelf and replaced by yet another movie. In my opinion, movie writers should create their own original stories. In the genre of children’s films, there are many fantastic examples of such original work that is truly made for the screen rather than made for the page – movies such as Finding Nemo 海底总动员, Toy Story玩具总动员, The Incredibles 超人特工队/超人总动员, Monsters Inc.怪物公司, Shrek 怪物史莱克.