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Unit 3 A taste of English humour Reading
授课题目 Unit3 Reading—A Master of Nonverbal Humour
拟 课时 第 课时
Enable students to learn what humor means and what is nonverbal humor.
2、过程与方法: Fast reading, task-based method & discussion
3、情感态度与价值观：Help the students to learn some origins of today’s
重点难点 重点：Help students divide the text into several parts according to the
难点：Divide the paragraphs and give the main ideas.
Step 1 Revision
Check homework: ask students to present their jokes in class.
Step 2 Pre-reading
Questions: (1) What do you like to laugh at?
(2 ) What does humor mean? Is humor always kind?
Give students some time to discuss. The purpose is to help students
know that different people have different taste about humor. It is
difficult to say which one is better or which one is worse.
Step 3 Reading
The purpose of this reading is to introduce nonverbal humor. This
reading material takes Charlie Chaplin for example. It tells us what nonverbal humor means; what is Charlie Chaplin’s style of acting; how he made a sad situation entertaining and so on.
Task 1. Divide the text into several parts according to the meaning.
Part One: the first and the second paragraph Part Two: the third and the fourth paragraph Part Three: the last paragraph Task 2. Give the main idea of each part The main idea of part one: It tells us that there are two kinds
of humor. One is bad, while the other can inspire people. The main idea of part two: It tells us something about Charlie
Chaplin’s acting style and how Charlie Chaplin made a sad situation entertaining. The main idea of part three: it gives us a short biography about Charlie Chaplin. Task 3. Discussion Let students have a discussion about the text, then answer some questions. Questions: (1) What is behind fun? (2 ) Why did people like Little Tramp? (3 ) Do you think Charlie Chaplin’s eating boiled shoes funny? Why? Step 4 Language points 1. content (adj.): satisfied, happy, not wanting any more phrases: content with sth; content to do sth
e.g. (1) She is quite content to stay at home looking after her children.
(2 ) Are you content with your present salary? Content (n.): that which is contained in sth e.g. I like the style of her writing but I don’t like the content. 2. inspire sb. ( with sth.) \ inspire sth. (in sb.): To fill sb. with thoughts, feelings or aims. e.g. His speech inspired us with hope. 3. badly off: in a poor position, esp. financially The opposite is “ well off” e.g. (1) They are too badly off to have a holiday.
(2 ) In fact most people are better off than they were five years ago. Step 5 Practice
Finish the exercises on page 18, 19, it is a good time to consolidate the whole content of the text and the useful words and expressions from the text. It is easy for most students to finish. So leave students several minutes to finish and check the answers by showing them on the screen.
Step 6 Homework Preview grammar by finishing Exercises 3, 4 on page 21.