1a Learning English can be difficult. What things are difficult for you? Read the list. Check ( ) the statements that are true for you.
I can’t pronounce some of the words.
v.发…音;正确 或清晰地 吐(字、音等 发 音 正确 或清晰地)吐 字 音等) 正确(或清晰地
I can’t understand spoken English.
adj.口语的;口说的;口头的 口语的;口说的; 口语的
I read very slowly.
v.慢地;缓慢地 慢地; 慢地
I can’t spell some English words. I make mistakes in grammar.
犯错; 犯错;出错
1b What other things are difficult for you? Make a list.
n.逗号 逗号

  1. I don’t know how to use commas.
  2.
  3. . .
2a Paul is learning English. Listen and check ( )the learning challenges he talks about.
挑战 Challenges n.挑战

  1.
  2.
  3.
  4.
  5.
can’t get the pronunciation right forget a lot of new words can’t always understand when people talk to me can’t understand the words in magazines don’t get much writing practice
2b Listen again. Match the challenges in 2a with the solutions. Solutions
n.(问题 疑难等的 问题;疑难等的 问题 疑难等的) 解决;解答 解决 解答
a. 2 You can always write the new words in your notebook and study them at home. b. 5 You should find a pen pal. c. 1 Listening can help. d. 3 Why don’t you join an English language club to practice speaking English?
T: You looked worried, Paul. B: I am, Ms Mitchell. I’m having trouble learning English. T: You said you liked English. What’s the problem? B: I can’t get the pronunciation right. T: Well, listening can help. Why don’t you borrow the teacher’s tapes. You can listen to them at home and repeat the sentences that are difficult for you. B: That’s a good idea. But what about all the new words? I forget a lot of new words. T: You can always write the new words in your notebook and study them at home. You can even study in the train on the way to school.
B: That might really help! Thanks! T: Can you understand when people talk to you? B: Well, no. Not always. Sometimes I just don’t understand what people are saying. T: Why don’t join an English language club to practice speaking English? The English club meets after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. B: Maybe I’ll go. The only other problem I have is that I don’t get much writing practice. T: Maybe you should find a pen pal. B: That sounds like a fun way to practice writing. Thanks, Ms Mitchell.
2c PAIRWORK Role play conversations using the information from activities 2a and 2b.
A: I don’t have a partner to practice English with. B: Maybe you should join an English language club.
3a Read the article. Then read the statements about the article. Write “T”(for true) or “F”(for false). How I learned to learn English Last year my English class was difficult for me. First of all, it wasn’t easy for me to understand the teacher when she talked to the class. To begin with, she spoke too quickly, and I couldn’t understand every word. Later on, I realized that it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand every word. Also I was afraid to speak in class, because I thought my classmate might laugh at me.I couldn’t always make complete sentences, either. first of all 首先 第一 首先;第一 laugh at sb笑话 取笑 某人 笑话;取笑 某人) 取笑(某人 later on 以后 随后 以后;随后 complete adj. 完整的 完全的 完整的;完全的 be afraid to do sth害怕去做 害怕去做… sentence n. 句子 be afraid of sth/doing sth make a sentence 造句 be afraid+that引导的从句
Then I started to watch English language TV. It helped a lot. I think that doing lots of listening practice is one of the secrets of becoming a good language learner. Another thing that I found very difficult was English Grammar. So I decided to take lots of grammar notes in every class. Then I started to write my own original sentences using the grammar I was learning. It’s amazing how much this helped. Now I am enjoying learning English and I got an A this term. My teacher is very impressed. secret n.秘密 机密 秘密;机密 秘密 take notes 做笔记 做记录 做笔记;做记录 learner n.学习者 学习者 enjoy doing 喜欢做 乐于 喜欢做…乐于 term n.学期 学期
做… impress v. 使感动 给…深刻印象 使感动…;给 深刻印象 impress sth on sb /impress sb with sth 使某人铭记某事
Write “T”(for true) or “F”(for false) The writer found learning English difficult because… F
  1. the teacher’s pronunciation was poor. F
  2. people always laughed at her when she spoke. T
  3. she had trouble making complete sentences. T
  4. English grammar was difficult. Her English improved when she started.. F
  5. going out with English-speaking friends. F
  6. lots of speaking practice. T
  7. using grammar in original sentences.
3b Write a letter telling a friend how to become a better language learner. Dear ,
I know it isn’t easy to learn , but I have some ideas that may help. You said you couldn’t understand people who talked fast. Well, you can try to listen for the most important words, not every word.
Yours, fast adv.快地 迅速地 快地;迅速地 快地
4 INTERVIEW Ask three classmates about learning English. Take notes. Then tell the class about their answers.
  1. What isn’t easy about learning English?
  2. What do you do about this?
  3. What is your favorite way to learn more English? Han Wen says that listening is sometimes difficult if people speak too fast.
1 Fill in each blank with the correct word given.Change the form of the word if necessary. feel spell write down join
find

  1. You should write down new English words in a vocabulary list.
  2. If you son’t know how to them up in a dictionary. spell new words, look

  3. The best way to improve your English is to join an English club.
  4. Another thing that he English grammar.
  5. This kind of paper finds feels very difficult was very soft.
2 Xu Zheng won the English prize at his school. Later, a reporter of the school magazine interviewed him. Here are the reporter’s notes on Xu Zheng and his essay on why English is important. Use them to write an article about Xu Zheng. Note on Xu Zheng Likes: writing notes/watching movies/listening to pop songs Finds difficult: pronunciation/native speakers talking too 本土的;本族的 讲话者;说话者 fast 组成;构成 adj. 本土的 本族的 n. 讲话者 说话者 组成;构成 Learns by: making up conversations/speaking to friends in English Notes on Xu Zheng’s essay
  1. Most people speak English as a secong language.
  2. English is popular around the world for computers.
  3. English is popular in science.
  4. English can help us understand many new books and movies.
 

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