II. Listening Skills
Girl 1: What do you think of this miniskirt, Amy? Pretty hot stuff, eh?
Girl 2: Wow…it’s pretty short. My mom would never let me wear something like that.
Girl 1: My mom’s cool. She lets me make my own decisions about clothes.
Girl 2: Not my mom. She’d be mad if I came home in a skirt like that.
Girl 1: Let’s both got one; then maybe your mom wouldn’t be so upset if we both wore the same skirt.
Girl 2: Well…maybe.
1.D 2. The first girl(The girl who suggests wearing the short skirt.)
Mother: Lily, where did you get that skirt? You can’t wear that. It’s much too short! What will others think?
Lily: You don’t understand fashion. It’s what everyone is wearing. I think it looks very attractive.
Mother: Nonsense, it’s only suitable for a supermodel on the catwalk. It’s not meant for ordinary people like us. Your dad is sure to say the skirt is far too revealing!
Lily: But it’s really in high fashion; everyone is wearing clothes like this.
Mother: Not everyone. Your friend Amy would never wear a skirt like that!
[Amy comes in, wearing the same style of short skirt!]
Lily: Look, Amy has come. She’s wearing the same skirt!
Mother: My God, I give up.
1. B 2. No, she hasn’t.
III. Listening In
Task 1: A Woman’s Funny Dress
Lily: Mom, look at that woman. Her dress looks funny.
Mother: I wouldn’t say that, Lily. It looks fine to me.
Lily: Are you kidding? She’s out of fashion. That’s last year’s style.
Mother: Oh, come one, as long as it looks good on her.
Lily: Wow, you’re really as out-dated as she is.
Mother: You’re right. I’m out of date. So what? What’s the point of following the fashion?
Lily: No wonder you never buy me new dresses.
- looks funny
- looks fine to her
- is behind the times
- went out
- looks good on her
- keeping herself in style
- no wonder
Task 2: How is fashion decided?
Fashion designers design and make fashionable clothes for men and women. They deign trends and create new styles. Paris has been the traditional center of world fashion, though recently British designers have had great influence in setting new styles, and so have certain designers in the United States and Italy. French designers guard the secrets of their new designs until their collections are shown to the public. Then pictures of the styles are published in newspapers and magazines all over the world. People from many countries travel to Paris to buy the clothes and copy the newest ideas. In January they go to see the spring clothes; and in July, to see the autumn designs. Many dress manufacturers from other countries buy the original clothes of the famous French designers. They then take them back to their own sewing rooms, where the clothes are copied and made up in great numbers. That’s why you may be able to buy in your town the clothing that is in the latest style without paying a very high price for it. Other manufacturers use the Paris styles simply as a starting point for their own ideas. Still others may adapt only a part of the French design into their own styles.
1. F 2.F 3.T 4.T 5.F
Fashion designers design fashionable clothes,
begin trends and new styles,
and their work is copied all over the world.
Paris is the center of the world fashion, where the secrets of the new designs are guarded until they are shown to the public
People and manufacturers come to Paris to buy and copy new clothes, in January and July. Then the clothes are copied and made up in large numbers, for which one does not have to pay a high price.
Other manufacturers use Paris styles simply as a starting point for their own ideas.
Still others adapt only a part of the French design
Task 3: Dreaming of Being a Fashion Model
Top fashion models travel all over the world, earn huge salaries and live exciting lives. If you want to be a model, you should know the basic rules. Girls are usually picked to be models when they are between 15 and 22 years old. Ideally, they are tall, long-legged, and thin. The minimum height is about 5’8”, and the average weight is 108-125 pounds. A few other important things for a fashion model are clear skin, healthy hair, straight teeth, and a well-shaped body. You’ll also need ambition, intelligence, confidence, independence, and will-power.
If you’ve got the right looks but are worried over not being tall enough or fit enough, Kimi is the answer. Kimi is the magic key to developing your fashion model potential. Kimi is a computer-designed stimulator. It massages your feet to stimulate a part of your brain that produces more growth hormones. This will give you the fashion model kind of height. You should also go in for some sports like running or basketball. These increase the benefits of using Kimi.
Make an important decision today. Order Kimi right now! Don’t you think having the hegith and shape of a fashion model would be wonderful? Yes, Kimi helps you realize your dream.
1.D 2.B 3.A 4.B 5.C
Top fashion models…..earning large salaries
Future models…..being at least 5’8” tall
Kimi…………..massaging one’s feet
A part of the brain……producing growth hormones directly
IV. Speaking Out
Model 1 How did you like the fashion show?
Laura: How did you like the fashion show last night?
John: It was dumb. I think it’s stupid of women to wear clothes like that.
Laura: I didn’t see anything wrong with the clothes; they looked pretty nice to me.
John: Do you really think people can wear that stuff and walk around the streets?
Laura: Yes, I do. At least, some people certainly can. They wear high-fashion clothes to show off their sense of style and wealth.
John: Well, I still think they’re dumb. It makes more sense to spend the money on more practical purposes.
Now Your Turn
A: What did you think of the low-cut dress at the fashion show yesterday evening?
B: I think it’s not decent for Chinese girls to wear a dress like that.
A: The dress seemed quite al right to me. In fact, they looked pretty nice to me.
B: Do you really think people can wear that stuff and walk around the streets?
A: Yes, I do. Don’t forget this is already the 21st century. Some people wear high-fashion clothes to show off their sense of style as wealth.
B: Well, I still think low-neck dresses are wrong. It would be better to spend the money on high-quality, traditional clothes.
Model 2 I’m looking for a light jacket.
Salesman: What can I do for you?
John: I’m looking for a light jacket.
Salesman: Please come this way; they’re just over here. What size do you like?
John: I’m not sure.
Salesman: ok, I’ll measure you. Well, you are size 42. What color do you like?
John: Light blue, please.
Salesman: OK, try this one on.
John: Yes, that’s comfortable. And the color goes well with my jeans. How much is it?
John: I’ll take it. Can I pay with a credit card?
Salesman: Sure, we take both debit and major credit cards.
Now Your Turn
A: Can I help you?
B: Can you show me a pair of jeans?
A: OK. What size do you wear?
B: I don’t know.
A: No problem, I’ll take your measurements…OK, what color do you like?
B: Dark blue, please.
A: Please try this one on…How does it feel?
B: Yes, that’s comfortable. And the color matches my jacket. What does it cost?
B: I’ll take it. Can I pay with a credit card?
A: Sorry, we accept only cash.
Model 3 Could you show me a pair of running shoes?
Salesman: Good morning, see anything you like?
John: Not yet, I’ll look around first…Excuse me, could you show me a pair of running shoes? Are any of these on sale?
Salesman: The price of the Reeboks won’t change, but the Nikes go on sale this afternoon:25% off. That’s a good deal.
John: No, I don’t like Nikes at all.
Salesman: Well, why don’t you try on this pair of Reeboks and see how they feel?
John: Okay. But I think they are going to be on the small side. Oh, there, I’m afraid are a bit too tight. Do you have a size 24?
Salesman: I’m sorry, they’re all sold out. But I’ll be glad to order a new pair of you.
John: How long will it take?
Salesman: Three days.
John: Then don’t bother. Thank you anyway.
Now Your Turn
A: May I help you?
B: I want to buy a dress. Can I have a look at the green one?
A: Sure. Please try it on and see how it feels.
B: OK…I think it’s a bit too large. Do you have a smaller one?
A: I’m sorry, this is the smallest one. How about the blue one?
B: No, I don’t like the color. Thanks.
V. Let’s Talk
Mary Quant was a famous dress designer in the 1960s. Her main contribution to fashion history was the miniskirt. During the 1960s many young people were starting to think women could do more in life than be wives and mothers. Clothes became a weapon in the battle between generations. Anything different and daring was soon popular. During this period miniskirts attracted the world’s attention. It was teenagers and very young girls who bought short shirts that displayed their legs. Ms. Quant said that at her fashion shop, young women began demanding shorter and shorter skirts. “If I didn’t make them short enough, the girls that had wonderful legs would take scissors and shorten the skirts themselves.” She said. Eventually, Ms. Quant’s skirts, which arrived in the United States in the mid-60’s, were reduced to about five inches. In parts of Europe and North America the miniskirt represented loose morals. Members of the older generation believed good girls would never appear in miniskirts. But in Ms. Quant’s opinion, short skirts worn with heavy pantyhose would make the girl look childlike. Lately, feminists have come to see mini as a symbol of women’s liberation, as a powerful weapon against the traditional stereotype of the woman simply as wife and mother.
1.D 2.D 3.A 4.C 5.B
VI. Furthering Listening and Speaking
Task 1: Paying for the New Clothes
Daughter: Mom, I need some new clothes. Everything I have is out of date. The new semester will be starting soon—can we go shopping?
Mother: You have a closet full of clothes that are still in very good condition. Your father and I already have to pay you university tuition…and there’re the books too.
Daughter: But everyone else will be wearing the latest Levis. And I will look stupid wearing the same old skirts I wore in high school. They are so long. People will think I came form the middle ages.
Daughter: Maybe I could get a part-time job to help pay for the new clothes.
Mother: No, you need to study. But university is a new experience…maybe we can look for something not too expensive.
Daughter: Wonderful, at least we can have a look.
The daughter wants to buy new clothes, but the mother disagrees, saying she still has a lot of clothes in good condition and the parents have to pay for the university tuition. The daughter argues that she needs clothes in fashion, so as not to look as if she had come form the middle ages. The daughter then suggests getting a part-time job to cover the expenses. Not wanting to affect the daughter’s studies, the mother finally agrees to buy new clothes.
Task 2: A Model’s Description of Her Work
Before the fashion show started, we had a rehearsal. In a small room we were each given a space. A dresser got us into the fashion clothes, then an assistant checked that the style was right—the correct number of buttons undone, the trousers pulled to the right height. Once dressed, we queued up in order by the door. The fashion designer checked that the clothing was as the he wanted. The music started, and we went out. We posed for the photographers, turned and walked back. It was a breeze. I walked back into the room, too excited to realize I was meant to hurry. In the few steps from the door you can throw off quite a few layers of clothing. By failing to do so, I almost missed my next turn.
At 8:30p.m., with the audience in place, we were back in the clothes. We went out again, to a full house. The music was loud, but clear. You could hear the talking—fashion shows are not theatre, and people don’t keep quiet. Journalists discuss what to write about; buyers discuss whether they can make a profit from the clothes. And although you have been chosen for your looks that are suitable for certain dresses, as a model, you are just an advertisement for the designer. So you walk through conversations, unable to stop or react. You are not a creative human being, just a smiling doll.
1.T 2.F 3.T 4.F 5.F
Task 3: Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-dot Bikini
She was afraid to come out of the locker
She was as nervous as she could be
She was afraid to come out of the locker
She was afraid that somebody would see
One, two, three, four, tell people what she wore
It was an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka-dot bikini
That she wore for the first time today.
An itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka-dot bikini
So in the locker she wanted to stay.
Two, three, four, stick around we’ll tell you more
She was afraid to come out in the open
And so a blanket around her she wore
She was afraid to come out in the open
And so she sat bundled up on the shore
Two, three, four, tell the people what she wore…
Buying an Expensive Dress
Nancy: Your new low-cut dress is wonderful.
Jill: Thank you, Nancy. I just bought it on sale. It was marked d9own 50%.
Nancy: Where did you get it?
Jill: Lane Crawford. They had a year-end sale that was too good to pass up.
Nancy: I heard about this store. They have all the high-end stuff.
Jill: Nothing good in life is cheap.
Nancy: Well, let’s go shopping then. And don’t forget to bring it.
Jill: Bring what?
Nancy: Your credit card.
II. Listening Skills
1. W: How much money is the rent for an apartment in this neighborhood?
M: Your rent should be about a quarter of that.
Q: How much should be the woman’s rent be?
2. M: I paid $3,500 for this digital camera. It was on sale at a 30$ discount.
W: It’s a real bargain.
Q: How much did the camera cost originally?
3. M: What’s the rate for an economy car?
W: The daily rate is $32, unlimited mileage.
Q: How much will the man pay if he rents the car for a week?
4. M: I’ll take these sweaters. How much do they cost?
W: They are $180 each and four makes a total of $720. But today we are offering a 20% discount.
Q: How much does the man have to pay?
5. W: What an old car you’ve got!
M: Well, it had run 12,000 miles when I bought it second hand. And it’s covered 3,080 miles since then.
Q: How many miles has the car run?
1.B 2.A 3.A 4.D 5.B
III. Listening In
Task 1: It’s time to buy.
Mike: Hey, Robert, where are you off to?
Robert: I’m going to talk to a banker about a loan.
Mike: You are short of money? I thought you were the saving type.
Robert: There’s a time to save and a time to spend.
Mike: I know all about spending. What’s the loan for? I have a few bucks I could…
Robert: I’m considering getting a mortgage to buy some property.
Mike: Do you think property is a good investment? I mean, it’s a lot of money.
Robert: Well, Mike, as you know, property values have been going through the roof. If I had bought an apartment two years ago, its value would have gone up by 30 percent today.
Mike: And from what I know, interest rates are low now.
Robert: Exactly. Sounds like a good time to buy.
- a banker a loan
- saving save spend
- a mortgage property
- Property values
- risen/gone up/increased by 30 percent
Task 2: Can I have my change please?
Tom was down on his luck and felt he needed a few drinks. Hw went to a bar and had several drinks. When he was done, he stood up and walked toward the door. The barman shouted after him, “Hey mister, are you going to pay for those drinks?”
Tom turned around and replied, “I have already paid you,” and then walked out of the bar. Almost immediately he saw one of his friends Richard and told him about the barman, “Just go in there and drink all you want, then get up and leave. When the barman asks you to pay the bill, just tell him you have already paid.”
This sounded easy enough, so Richard went in and has several drinks. The barman went to him and said, “Before you came in, another man was here. When I asked him to pay his bill, he told me he’d paid, but I don’t remember him paying me.”
Richard said, “I would love to stay and hear your story, but I don’t have time. Can I havemy change please?”
1. A 2.B 3.D 4.C 5.C
Task 3: Why not just print money?
What’s the solution to a recession, a time of little economic activity? Just print money! Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? Let’s see if this will work by using an example.
Let’s pretend that all the students in your class make up the ENTER population of the country, and the teacher represents the government. Let’s also pretend each student has exactly $1.00.
Since we are in a recession, let’s have the teacher, who represents the government, print money. He prints $1.00 more for everyone. Now everyone has $1.00 more to spend. More money to spend sounds like a great way to get us out of recession, since more money to spend means demand for goods and services.
Then if that works, why don’t we give MORE money away? How about $100? Now we have lots of money to spend. So no more recession, right?
Not really, because we have only looked at one side of the problem. As more and more people receive more and more money, what’ll happen?
Since everyone has more money, the students all go shopping to spend that extra money. This causes the demand for goods and services to rise, and people who sell goods and services raise price. For example, if you could buy a new music CD at $10 in the past, now the price could be $1,000! This is called inflation.
So, the original reason for printing all this money was to help get us of recession, but we have only replaced one problem with another.
1.T 2.T 3.F 4.F 5.F
IV. Speaking Out
Model 1 I want to blow it all.
John: Hey, Se-Jin, do you want to come shopping with me? My dad just gave me my monthly allowance and I want to blow it all.
Se-Jin: That sounds just like you, John! What do you want to buy?
John: I don’t know…Some music CDs, maybe.
Se-Jin: If you spend all that money on things you don’t even know if you want, you won’t have any money left when you need it.
John: But if I just save my money, that doesn’t s sound like much fun either. Besides, I need some new CDs.
Se-Jin: You also need a financial advisor!
Now Your Turn
A: Hey, do you want to come shopping with me? I just got some money from my part-time job, and I want to get rid of it right away.
B: That’s your style. What do you want to buy?
A: I don’t know…some fashionable clothes, maybe.
B: If you waste all your money on things you don’t even know if you want, you’ll be out of money completely when you need it.
A: But if I just hold on to my money…that doesn’t make much sense either. I really need some new clothes. What’s the point of saving lots of money without fun?
B: As I see it, you need a person to look after your money.
Model 2 Can money buy everything?
Peter: I’m trying to think of ways to become rich. If I could get my hands on a lot of money, I’ll be really happy.
Jane: Do you really think so? I’m not so sure.
Peter: Of course, why wouldn’t I? I’d be able to have anything I want.
Jane: Well, there are plenty of people who have a lot of money but aren’t happy. What do you say to that?
Peter: But if I became a millionaire, I’d buy whatever I wanted.
Jane: Can you buy true love? Can you buy the moon?
Peter: Maybe not, but I can buy a house with a lot of modern conveniences.
Jane: So many people think like you do, buy look at all the divorces, suicides and murders among wealthy people. How do you explain that?
Peter: Maybe there’s something in what you said.
Now Your Turn
A: I really hope I can make a fortune. If I had a lot of money, I’d be as happy as a king.
B: Do you really believe so? I have my doubts about it.
A: Of course, why wouldn’t I? If I were a millionaire, there’s nothing I couldn’t buy.
B: Well, can you but health? Can you but true friendship?
B: Maybe not. But I can but a big house and car, and make my life more comfortable.
A: Maybe you have a point there. Money can bring material comforts. But don’t forget, there are also divorces and suicides among wealthy people.
B: Well, there is some truth in what you said. Money cannot but real happiness.
Model 3 I wonder if you could give me a loan.
John: Hey, Se-Jin, I was just on my way to find you.
Se-Jin: What’s up, John?
John: Se-Jin, I’m kind of broke, and you usually have a bundle tucked away. I wonder if you could give me a loan.
Se-Jin: Dream on! I’m hard up myself.
John: You see, I want to buy some new stereo equipment, and I’m just about a hundred short.
Se-Jin: Why not save up for it?
John: The stores have all stuff on a huge sales promotion right now. I could save at least 30 percent!
S-Jin: John, I’d lend you money if you were in a jam. But a new stereo isn’t an emergency.
John: Then I’m afraid I have to find someone who is more easy-going.
Now Your Turn
A: Hi, I was trying to catch up with you.
B: What happened?
A: Money had burned a hole in my pocket. You usually have some savings. I wonder if you can lend me some money?
B: You’re daydreaming. I’m short of money myself.
A: Look, I want to buy a digital camera, and I’m only short of 150 bucks.
B: Why not save towards it?
A: The camera is on sale right now. This can save me almost 25 percent.
B: Well, I’d lend you the money if you were in real redouble. But a new camera isn’t urgent.
A: Then I’m afraid I’ll have to try someone who’s more generous.
V. Let’s Talk
Story of a Miser
There was a miser who loved money more than anything else. Just before he died, he said to his wife, “Now, listen. When I die, I want you to take all my money and put it in the casket with me. I want to take my money to the afterlife with me.”
He made her promise with all her heart that when he dies, she would pit all the money in the casket with him. Then he died. He was laid in the casket, his wife was sitting there wearing black, and her friend was sitting next to her.
When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got already to close the casket, the wife said, “Wait a minute!” She had a box with her. She came over with the box and put it in the casket.
Then the undertakers locked the casket down, and they rolled it away. He friend said, “Girl, I know you weren’t fool enough to put all that money in there with your husband!”
She said, “Listen, I’m a Christian. I can’t go back on my word. I promise him that I would put all the money in the casket with him.”
“You mean you really put that money in the casket with him!?”
“I surely did,” said the wife. “I wrote him a check.”
- more than
- money casket
- in the casket
- sitting black
- next to/beside
- a box
- foolish all that money/the money
- a Christian on her word
- put the money
- a check
VI. Furthering Listening and Speaking
Task 1: Giving Money to a Beggar
Susan: Hey, Robert, you gave that beggar some of your hard-earned cash?
Robert: I know. He looked as if he needed help.
Susan: Buy you’re always so careful with your money.
Robert: Yeah, I guess so, but I like to help when someone’s in need.
Susan: I just wonder why the guy doesn’t get a job and make his own living.
Robert: It’s just not that simple, Susan. Some people have a hard time of it in life.
Susan: Maybe they waste all their money. If you give them money, they will just go on wasting it.
Robert: Life has been good to me, Susan, and I’d like to share some of my luck.
- the beggar
- as if
- careful with/about
- a job
- a hard time
- good luck
Task 2: Buying a Machine
An American manufacturer is showing his machine factory to a potential customer. At noon, when the lunch bell rings, two thousand men and women immediately stop working and leave the building.
“Your workers, they’re escaping!” cries the visitor. “You’ve got to stop them.”
“Don’t worry, they’ll be back,” says the American. And indeed, an exactly one 0’clock the bell rings again, and all the workers return from their break.
When the tour is over, the manufacturer turn s to his guest and says, “Well, now, which of these machines would you like to order?”
“Forget the machines,” says the visitor. “How much do you want for that bell?”
1.T 2.F 3.F 4.T 5.T
Task 3: An Introduction to Credit Cards
Credit cards are plastic cards issued by a bank or other financial institutions allowing the holder to buy goods and service without using cash. Many American don’t like to carry much cash. For them the cards are convenient and safe to use.
Credit cards are gaining popularity, even for buying small items. They are accepted almost everywhere, though not at fast food restaurants.
Credit cards allow you to purchase things that you may not currently have the money to buy. When you use a credit card, the credit card company that issued the credit card pays the store. Later, a bill will be mailed to you by your credit card company for the amount you purchased. At that time, you can either pay the bill in full, or only pay a minimum amount, and wait till later to finish paying. If you wait till later, you will owe the credit card company interest on the amount that you do not pay.
1.D 2.C 3.B 4.C 5.A
Can you change a twenty-dollar bill?
Cashier: How can I help you, Miss?
Jill: Could you change a 20 for me?
Cashier: Sure. How do you want it?
Jill: Could I have two 5’s, but not enough 1’s. Are quarters all right with you?
Cashier: Well, I have some 5’s, but not enough 1’s. Are quarters all right with you?
Jill: Oh, that’s even better! In that case, I won’t have to worry about the small change for the laundry.
Cashier: Here you are!
Jill: Thanks a million!
II. Listening Skills
To keep our children safe from those dangerous criminals, these tips might be helpful. First, children should be encouraged always to ask permission from their caregiver before they go anywhere .They should not only tell the care giver where they will be at all times, but also who will be looking after them. also, children should never walk or ride their bikes alone. Instead, they should travel in groups whenever possible. more importantly, children should be taught to stay away from strangers, though they may offer to show them a puppy or give them candy.children should be taught to say “no” and run, scream, or fight if necessary. moreover,children should be told that no problem is too big or too small to ask grown-ups. in fact,it is never too late to ask for help ,and to keep asking until they get the help they need. last but not least ,we should realize that many child-attack cases involve a family member or family friend, for example, a stepfather, sister’s boyfriend, babysitter, neighbor, and so on.
III. Listening In
Task 1: Robbing the Left Shoe
Girl: Yes, I’d like to report a mugging.
Police Officer: Okay. can you tell me exactly what happened?
Girl: well, I was walking home from work when this woman knocked me right off my right off my feet, seized my stuff, and ran off. I was so scared that I didn’t go after her.
Police Officer: Can you describe the woman for me?
Girl: Yeah. He is quite tall, about six foot three.
Police Officer: Wait. You said a woman robbed you.
Girl: Well, I’m not really sure.[Hmm.]You see, the person was wearing a white dress,a light red sweater over it ,and she or he was wearing a pair of basketball shoes.
Police Officer: [Hmm] What else can you remember?
Girl: Well, the person…had a beard.
Police Officer: Ah. The “Bearded Woman” has struck Again!
Girl: The “Bearded Woman”?
Police Officer: Well, this “bearded Woman” is a man. He dresses up like a woman and, for some unknown reasons, likes to take the left shoe from his victims. He’s really harmless and usually returns the shoe to the crime scene a couple of days later.
Girl: Hey, he can keep my shoe, and I’ll just take off my left shoe every time I walk through the park.
1. F 2. T 3. F 4. T 5 F
Task 2: Smuggling
A young man comes up to the border on his bicycle. He has two large bags over his shoulders. The border guard stops him and says,” What’s in the bags?”
“Sand,” answers the young man.
The guard is a bit suspicious and asks the young man to open the bags for inspection. The guard empties the bags, but finds nothing in them but sand. Then he has the sand analyzed, only to discover that there is noting but pure sand in the bags. So the young man is allowed to ride across the border with his sandbags.
A week later, the same young man presents himself at the border with his bags. The guard asks,” What have you got?” “Sand,” says the young man.
The guard does his thorough examination and discovers that the bags contain nothing but sand. He gives the sand back to the young man who then rides across the border on his bicycle with the sandbags.
This happens every week for three years. Finally, the young man no longer appears at the border crossing. Many months go by and the border guard meets the young man in an expensive cafe.
“Hey,” says the guard,” for three ears you were smuggling something through my crossing station. It’s driving me crazy. Just between you and me, what were you smuggling?” The young man drinks his coffee and says, “Bicycles.”
1. B 2.D 3.C 4.A 5.C
Task 3: Who’s the Murderer?
A passing police car heard loud screams and responded immediately. When the police arrived at the scene, hey found Pete’s dead body in his backyard, with man knife wounds and blood everywhere. The officer immediately went to question the three neighbors that had been outside in the past thirty minutes.
Blake Smith had just finished painting his porch when the officer came. A young, polite man, Blake wiped his hands on his clean jeans before shaking hands, and said,” I really didn’t see or hear anything,” he added apologetically. Nelson Brown had been in his garden, right next door to the victim’s yard. He said,” I was in and out of the house. Weeding.” His hands were dirty. Then he added,” Inside, I was repairing a chair, It all must have happened when I was indoors. Sorry.”
Kenny Green’s story seemed less believable.” I was on a ladder, washing my windows,” the middle-aged man admitted. The officer could see that Kenny’s yard overlooked the victim’s. But Kenny claimed,” I never looked over into Pete’s yard, nor did I hear anything.”
Now the officer believed that one of the guys was lying. Who was this man?
1.A 2.B 3.D 4.C 5.D
IV. Speaking Out
Model 1 Bye-bye, bully!
Se-Jin: john, do you mind if I ask you something?
John: No, what is it?
Se-Jin: you seem nervous. Is that big guy still bullying you?
John: Yeah. Today he wanted me to give him some money. He even pushed me when I said no.
Se-Jin: That’s terrible! You have to talk to a teacher about this.
John: I thought about that, but I’m afraid that everyone will think I’m a coward.
Se-Jin: your safety is more important than what other people think.
John; But telling a teacher could make things worse. The big guy warned me not to .
Se-Jin: Of course he did! He doesn’t want to get into trouble. Look, if you’re still worried, tell the teacher not to mention your name when she talks to him.
John: Good idea. But I think I can deal with him on my own.
A: Hi, can I talk to you for a minute?
B: Sure, what is it?
A: You look worried. Are you still being bullied by that big boy in you class?
B: Yeah. Today he asked me to help him cheat in the final exam.
A: That’s too bad! You have to talk with your parents about it.
B:I thought about that, but I’m afraid that other people will laugh at me if I turn to my parents for help.
A: Don’t be silly. It’s more important to protect yourself.
B: Maybe you are right. I should tell this to my parents, and they will give me some advice.
Model 2 My house has been robbed!
Operator: Colchester Police Station. Can I help you?
Jane: I hope so. My house has been robbed.
Operator: Where do you live?
Jane: 2B Southbank Road.
Operator: When did you discover the burglary
Jane: When I got home from work. About five minutes ago.
Operator: Was anything stolen?
Jane: yes. All my jewelry’s gone, and my computer too. And they wrote dirty words all over my walls.
Operator: How did they get in ?
Jane: They forced the back door.
Operator: An officer will be round in about half an hour. Please don't touch anything.
A: Broadway Police Station. May I help you?
B: I hope so. My house has been broken into.
A: Where do you live?
B: 43 Main Street.
A: When did you find out about the break-in?
B: When we got home from the theater. About two minutes ago.
A: How did they break in?
B: They forced open the back door.
A: Was anything stolen?
B: Yes. All my cash in the drawer, and my mobile phone too. And they broke all the glass.
A: OK, an officer will come in about 20 minutes. Please don’t leave fingerprints anywhere.
Model 3 We should create harsher sentences for bootleggers.
Jane: It’s about time that the government got tough with bootleggers. Their fake liquors have already killed several people.
Peter: Yeah, that’s too high a price to pay. It’s almost a rip-off. The bootleggers use industrial alcohol to cut costs and increase profits.
Jane: Perhaps we should cut taxes on liquor. With lower taxes, bootlegging will decrease.
Peter: But that can create a new problem. That’s not in agreement with the WTO rules.
Jane: I think through negotiation with other nations, perhaps we can cut taxes under the WTO framework.
Peter: That may be tough. Perhaps a better solution is to create harsher sentences for bootleggers.
Jane: I agree. Our country needs a special team to deal with this problem. Then we can crack down on bootlegging.
A: It’s time the government took stricter standards control on cosmetic products. The low quality cosmetics have caused various skin diseases among users.
B: Yeah, the producers use harmful ingredients to lower costs and add profits.
A: Perhaps taxes on cosmetics should be cut. With lower taxes, low quality cosmetic products will be less profitable and decrease.
B: But there is a new problem. Cutting taxes goes against the WTO rules.
A: I think by negotiating with other countries we can reduce taxes.
B: That may be hard. Maybe the best idea is to take stricter standards control on cosmetic products.
A: I agree. We should have some regulations to keep a check on the production and marketing of cosmetic.
V. Let’s Talk
Texas Police Arrest Oldest Bank Robber
Texas police say they have arrested a 90-yeard-old man, Henry Robert, who is accused of robbing a bank, probably making him the oldest bank robber in U.S. history.
Police said Robert, who was not armed, asked a teller to put money into a large envelope with the word “robbery” written on it. A witness took down on the license number of his car, and he was arrested on a highway about 15 miles outside the city.
If he is proved guilty, Robert will face from ten to twenty years in prison. He told police he needed the money, and he had a complaint against banks.
Robert left a prison in Florida, where he was the oldest prisoner in the state, about a year ago. Before that, he served a three-year sentence for a bank robbery in Florida in 1999.
In a prison interview with a journalist, Robert said he had been a businessman in Texas but had fallen on hard times. He said he robbed his first bank when he was about 80 because he wanted to revenge against banks.
“A bank that I’d done business with had forced me into bankruptcy. I have never liked banks since,” he told the journalist.” I decided I would get even. And I have.”
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Possible Retelling for the Teacher’s Reference
As the title suggests, the 90-year-old Henry Robert the Texas Police arrested may turn out to be the oldest bank robber in history. Let me describe him from the very beginning.
When he was 80 years old he robbed his first bank in Florida because he wanted to get even with banks. For this robbery he received a three-year sentence in a Florida prison in 1999. A year ago he was set free. However, he continued with his outlaw career. In Texas, he robbed again, using an envelope labeled “Robbery”. He asked the teller to put money into the envelope. Unluckily for him, a witness took down the license number of his car that was parked outside. So he was arrested on a highway not far away from the city. He is now 90 years old, and therefore he is probably the oldest bank robber in American history. If proved guilty, he will be sentenced to ten to twenty years in prison.
VI. Further Listening and Speaking
Task 1: Describing a Robbery
Detective: Okay, Ms. Brown, just calm down. Could you start from the beginning and tell me what happened?
Janet: Well, let’s see. I was sitting at the table near the window when two men rushed in and told everyone to freeze.
Detective: Can you describe the man？
Janet: One was tall and with a long coat on. The other was shorter in a red jacket.
Detective: After they burst in what did they do?
Janet: Well. The tall one pointed his gun at the clerk and told him to open the cash register. The short one was watching the rest of us. The clerk hesitated a minute and just then the restaurant manger came out of his office. That surprised the thieves.
Detective: Yeah, let’s see… The manger’s name is Mr. Jackson. I guess he had the key to the safe?
Janet: Yeah! That’s right! Because the thieves told him to open the safe. The short one went with him. As the manger turned to go back to the office, he told the clerk to cooperate with him.
Detective: Did the boss open up the safe?
Janet: Yeah, he went back into the office and opened it. He seemed pretty calm, not like the customers. I think that guy deserves a medal or something.
Sam: You all do. Living through a robbery is a tough experience.
1. everyone freeze
2. tall long coat shorter red jacket
3. his gun the clerk open the rest of the people
4. key safe
5. calm customers a medal
Task 2: Two Concert Tickets
After shopping for most of the day, a couple return to find their car has been stolen. They go to the
police station to make a full report. Then, a police officer drives them back to the parking lot to
see if any evidence can be found at the scene of the crime. To their surprise, the car has been
returned. There is an envelope on the windshield with a note of apology and two tickets to a
concert. The note reads, “I apologize for taking your car, but my wife was having a baby and I
had to use your car to rush her to the hospital. Please forgive the inconvenience. Here are two
tickets for tonight’s concert.” The couple feel relieved. After all, most human beings are kind, they
think. They go to the concert and return home late. They find their house has been robbed.
Valuable goods have been taken. And there is a note on the door reading, “Well, you still have
your car. I have to put my newly-born kid through college somehow, don’t I?”
1. B 2. C 3.A 4. D 5. A
Task 3: Who stole the vase?
Amy, the richest woman in town, threw a party. It was crowded and turned out to be a huge
success, until about 12:00 a.m. That’s when Amy noticed that her valuable vase was missing from
the entry hall table. When the police chief arrived, he asked each visitor to make a statement.
Phillip McDonald stepped forward, saying, “I was one of the first to arrive, about the sane time as
Julie Becker. I never once left the house. If people don’t remember me, it’s because I spent most of
time in a bedroom, watching a basketball game.” The chief took down what Phillip’s said, then
told him he could go. Rod Bush was the next. He also claimed that he had never left the house,
though he did step out onto a second story balcony, but it was so cold that he came back in
immediately. Julie Becker was the third to make a statement She also claimed never to have left or
seen anything. “I spent much of the party moving from group to group and eating the various
tables.” The chief told her to leave, too, and watched as she went into the hall and took her coat
from the top of a crowded coat rack. Now the chief started to suspect one of the three guests.
1.C 2.D 3.A 4.B 5.A
Protecting Intellectual Property Rights
Richard: I understand why publishing houses have called for a crack down on illegal copies of
books. It’s a big loss for them if everyone buys pirated books instead of paying the full
Nancy: I agree. If the publishers don’t take action against illegal publications, they and the
authors of the books lose money. Then the publishers have to save money by lowering
the quality of their books.
Richard: That’s why intellectual property rights have to be protected. It will do do good not only
for the publishers, but to consumers as well.
Nancy: You said it. I’m all for protecting intellectual property rights. But I also think books are
getting more expensive every day, and some students have no choice but yo buy cheap
Richard: I beg to disagree. There is no excuse for college kids to buy mobile phones and then say
they can’t afford books.
Nancy: But to really solve the piracy problem, we need cheaper books as well as harsher
II Listening Skills
crashing into a building
Italian investigators are trying to discover what caused a small private plane to crash into Milan’S tallest building on Thursday，killing at least three，injuring dozens more and making a big hole in the 32-story building．
The aircraft was piloted by a 68-year-old Swiss man．It hit the 26th floor of the tower in an apparent accident at 5：48 P．m．，I 8 minutes after taking off, Italian officials said．
An Italian police officer said they had no evidence of fl link to terrorism．An intelligence official in Washington told the media that，in spite of past warnings，there was no information about a possible terrorist attack aiming at Italy．
Milan fire brigad...