Part I
Pre-Reading Task
Script for the recording: To begin with, let's listen to a song called There 's No Place Like Home for the Holidays.
There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays
Perry Como
On, there's no place like home for the holidays 'Cause no matter how far away your roam If you long lor the sunshine and a friendly gaze For the holidays you can't heat home sweet home
I met a man who lived in Tennessee
And he waslookingfor
Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie Now in Pennsylvania folks are traveling Down to Dixie's sunny shore The Atlantic to Pacific
Ok, the seasonisterrific
Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays For the holidays you can't heat home sweet home
Perry Como has a very fine, silky voice. Just the sort of voice one needs for a sentimental song full of familiar phrases such as "there's no place like home" and "home sweet home". It sounds as if he is singing about Thanksgiving, as he sings of "homemade pumpkin pie", a traditional dish for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving for Americans is much like the Spring Festival for us, a time when families try to get back together. In America people often travel many miles to get back to their
hometown, whether it's from north to south, "Pennsylvania ... down to Dixie" (Dixie is a traditional name for the American South) or from east to west, "the Atlantic to Pacific."
Part II Text A
Text Organization
Part One
Paras 1-9
Main Ideas
On Thanksgiving Day 1943, as a young coastguardsman at sea, the writer came up with the idea of expressing his gratitude to people who had helped him before. The writer wrote three thank-you letters to his father, the Rev. Nelson and his grandmother. The writer got three letters in reply. The writer wishes everyone to find the good and praise it.
Part Two Part Three Part Four
Paras 10-16 Paras 17-23 Paras 24-26
Correspondents Father
Letters Sent
Thanks him for teaching the writer from boyhood to love books and reading. , Thanks him for his morning school prayers. I
Letters Received
Tells the writer how he, as a teacher and a father as well, felt content with his own son. Tells the writer about his retirement coupled with self-doubt, and the reassurance brought to him by the writer's letter. Expresses her loving gratefulness to her grandson.
The Rev. Nelson
Thanks her for teaching the writer how to tell the truth, to share and to be forgiving, and for her good cooking and her sprinkling the writer's life with Stardust.
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Vocabulary I.
  1) sprinkled
  2) in turn
  3) reversed
  4) repay ?
  5) at sea
  6) on your behalf
  7) statement
  8) specific
  9) got to
  10) in secret
  11) unloaded
  12) accord
  13) weep
  14) quote
  15) under way
  1) came across
  2) make out
  3) hope for
  4) turns (it) over
  5) put away
  6) brings back
  7) got to
  8) go about
  1) As supplies of traditional fuels diminish, people are working to increase the use of solar energy.
  2) Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.
  3) While it is true that children of today are exposed to more information than were children of the past, it does not follow that they automatically become more sophisticated.
  4) Since she borrowed those books from the library she has been immersed in British history and culture.
  5) Everything changed in a flash on June 1, 2000 when he lost both legs in a serious traffic accident.
  1) I'd like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who has been so considerate of my wellbeing. My heart is filled with gratitude that words cannot express.
  2) After everyone assembled on the playground amid the noise and excitement of the spectators, our coach again impressed on us the need to do our best in quest of excellence.
  3) Everything I saw in my hometown was marvelous. I could hardly believe that it had undergone such swift changes through cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers and the rest in the past few years.
II. Collocation 1, fond of
  3. thoughtful of

  2.sick of
  4. confident of
Appendix I
  5. conscious of
  7. guilty of
  6. critical of
  8. uncertain of
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-I II. Usage
  1. To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.
  2. It is cooperation, rather than conflict, that will enable you to achieve your success.
  3. Ann made students think for themselves rather than telling them what to think.
  4. I think I'll stay at home this evening rather than go / going out.
  5. Most people are content to let perfect days happen at random rather than plan / planning for them. Structure
  1) Fifty years ago it was taken for granted that marriage was the goal of every young woman's inmost thought, and the aim for her of her father and mother.
  2) Most young people take tap water for granted because they've never lived without it.
  3) I'd always seen them together and just took it for granted that they were married.
  4) It is a very common phenomenon among people that the first gift is regarded with affection and the second is taken for granted.
  1) The 1980s saw the start of the development of some special economic zones in China.
  2) The past decade has seen the release of many films, some of them good, some of them bad, and a few of them very brilliant.
  3) The last 100 years have seen the material wealth of humankind explode beyond all previous imagining.
  4) We have been at your service for five years. The future will see us developing new ideas and plans to suit more of your needs.
Comprehensive Exercises
I. Cloze (A)
  1) at sea
  3) reverse
  5) repay
  7) appreciated

  2) Turning over
  4) got to
  6) gratitude
  8) assembled
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  10) unloading

  9) immersed in
  11) swift (B)
  1) all
  3) better
  5) year
  7) because
  9) brings
  11) for
  13) harvest
  15) if
  17) itself

  2) reason
  4) for
  6) together
  8) by
  10) that
  12) the
  14) from
  16) reward
  18) food
II. Translation Amid the atmosphere of Thanksgiving, rather than joining his friends in celebration of the holiday, George was immersed in the diary left to him by his father, who died at sea after he completed two successive trips around the world. The diary brought back every moment George had spent with his father and many of the specific things his father did on his behalf. George's father used to impress on him the need to undergo all kinds of hardship in quest of excellence. He also taught him that nothing in the world could be taken for granted. Even today, George still remembers how his father would quote Aesop's famous saying "Gratitude is the sign of noble souls" and tell him to accord the greatest importance to it.
Part III TextB
Comprehension Check l.c
  3. d
  5. c Translation (#J& Appendix III)
  4. a
Appendix I
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Language Practice

  1. restless
  3. saturated
  5. compress
  7. testimony
  9. definition
  11. bring in
  13. swap
  15. to the point
  17. dual
  19. kicked out
  2. settle down
  4. designated
  6. complains
  8. touched on
  10. referred to
  12. spectrum
  14. gear
  16. look over
  18. advantages
  20. migrate
Part IV Theme-Related Language Learning Tasks
Model paper Dear Dad, It's Thanksgiving and of course my thoughts are turning home to you. Looking out over the ocean I find myself thinking about how much I owe to you. Yet I have never got round to telling you just how thankful I feel towards you for all you have done for me. There are so many things, I don't know where to start and would never get to the end once I begin. But if I had to pick just one thing it would perhaps be the love of books and reading I learnt from you. Those after-dinner quizzes at the table about the books we had just read and the new words we had picked up, I can see them in my mind's eye as if it were yesterday. Not many are as lucky in their father as I am. So, simply, thank you. Your loving son, Alex
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Appendix I
Dear Rev. Nelson, I am writing this on board my ship. It is Thanksgiving. My thoughts have been turning to all those who have done so much for me in the past and how I have never taken the time to thank them properly. Naturally, you were among the first to come to mind. You were, quite simply, the very best teacher a child could wish for. You gave us so many different gifts, but, if I were forced to choose one, then it would be your morning prayers at assembly at the start of each day. Whatever positive things I have done since can often be traced to the impression left by those prayers. For that guidance and all the other things I was lucky enough to learn from you, I shall always be in your debt. Your affectionate student, Alex Haley
Dear Grandma, Here I am, on board my ship, and a thousand miles away from your wonderful cooking on Thanksgiving! Standing here at the rail, looking out at the sunset, I've been turning the meaning of Thanksgiving around in my mind and come up with the idea that it is just the time to be giving thanks to those we owe them to. And who better to start with than you? How could I have grown up without your help? You always found just the right way of showing me with those wonderful stories of yours the importance of telling the truth, of sharing and forgiving, of being considerate of others. Quite simply, you sprinkled my life with Stardust. Thank you. Love


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