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Where we love is our home— the house that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
Look at the following pictures of houses and discuss with your partner where they are, in the city, in a town or in the countryside?
Match the Chinese name with the picture, and write the corresponding letters on the lines. A. 独立式住宅 B. 别墅 C. 平房 D. 半独立式住宅 E. 公寓 F. 村舍，小屋 G. 排房
D. 半独立式住宅 A. 独立式住宅 F. 村舍，小屋 B. 别墅
C. 平房 G. 排房 E. 公寓
Match the following names of houses with the pictures in Task 1. A. apartment/flat ( ) C. cottage ( ) B. bungalow ( ) D. detached house ( ) E. semi-detached house ( ) F. terrace ( ) G. villa ( )
Tips: apartment / flat: a high building containing a number of rooms bungalow: a one story house or houses cottage: a small house in the country detached house: a separated house semi-detached house: a house with one part connected with another terrace: (chiefly Brit. ) a row of houses built in one block in a uniform style villa: a large house with gardens of a rich person
Let’s check the answer. A. apartment/flat ( C. cottage ( 2 ) ) 7 B. bungalow ( ) 6 D. detached house ( ) E. semi-detached house ( 1 F. terrace ( ) 3 )5 G. villa ( 4 ) Which of them would you prefer to live in ? Why?
Do you know what kind of houses most British live in? What kind of houses do most Americans live in? Then read the text quickly to check your guess.
Margin notes Guess what mortgage loan means from the context. Then look it up in a dictionary. Mortgage loan is money which you get from a bank or building society in order to buy a house. 抵押贷款 A Repay means______. A. to pay back money B. to pay the money again Guess the meaning of golden from the context. wonderful Golden means_________.
interior adj. inside Move means ______. B A. to change place B. to live in another house Do you know what we usually call Chinatown in Chinese? 中国城，唐人街
Areas to live in Houses to live in Frequency of moving Over 80% of people Every 2/3 people live The suburbs live in _____. The British The low-paid workers live in_____ the inner cities ________. average their own houses in__________ family ___ live in move the 1/3______ once while houses rented ____ every 7 __________ years from public authorities ______. or landlords. Over 80% of people live semi-detached/ in________ detached houses ___________ ___.
Areas to live in Frequency of moving Houses to live in Most people prefer to The so-called millionaires live away from the live cozy villas with town center private swimming pools _________ in__________ Americans always are____ ready to _____ move ________________________ ___. The Americans The “less advantaged detached houses/villas The middle classes live "people live in in___________ the central cities ___________. all-black areas ___. The poor blacks live in__________. on the Pacific/Atlantic coasts Most Chinese-Americans live in cities ___________ the houses which are not mentioned The lower classes live in______________________. ___.
Work with your partner to summarize the similarities and differences in the way British and American live according to the table above. The similarities: 1) Most people prefer to live away from city center. 2) The low-paid workers or less-disadvantaged people live in the city center. 3)The majority of people live in detached houses.
The differences: 1) The so-called millionaires live in villas in America, but it isn’t mentioned in Britain. 2) The British prefer to move every seven years while Americans prefer to move at any moment. 3) Only in America, there are some blacks who live in all-black areas.
Read the text carefully and answer the questions. 1) According to your understanding, what is a mortgage loan? Mortgage loan means borrowing an amount of money from a bank with your property as a security for the payment. 2) What’s the author’s attitude toward the DIY movement? How do you know? He thinks it’s fun and convenient. The author use the sentence “Both are fun and convenient, aren’t they? ”, and the sentence is not a question. It shows the author’s attitude.
3) Which people are involved in the process of moving in Britain? What are they responsible for? In the process of moving in Britain, an estate agent, a bank or insurance company and a lawyer are usually involved. They are respectively responsible for advertising houses for sale, for the money and for handling the legal aspects of the buying and selling. 4) Why do you think “so-called” is put before “millionaires”? Because they are not persons who really own one million. They are just very rich.
5) Where do the lower-class people live? According to the text, we may infer that the lower-class people may live in the city. 6) How do you understand “Americans are a restless people”? It means Americans always hope and expect to exchange all the things for something better. For example, they are always ready to move.
Surf the Internet in groups to find out how Chinese people live compared with British or Americans. Then complete the table and report to the class.
Read the following explanations carefully. Find a word in the text that corresponds to each definition and write them down on the lines. _______1) amount more than half of the whole _______2) to pay money for the use of sth. _______3) about; close to the actual, but not completely exact _______ 4) a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end _______ 5) to include or affect (sb. /sth. ) in its operation _______ 6) to deal with _______ 7) said, done, etc. with authority _______ 8) to give sth. and receive sth. in return
majority _______ 1) amount more than half of the whole rent _______ 2) to pay money for the use of sth. approximately 3) about; close to the actual, but not _______ completely exact process _______ 4) a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end involve _______ 5) to include or affect (sb. /sth. ) in its operation _______ handle _______ 6) to deal with official _______ exchange 8) to give sth. and receive sth. in return 7) said, done, etc. with authority
Complete the following sentences with words in Task 1. Change the form of the word where necessary. 1) As we know, the growth of population will ______ the expansion of housing projects. 2) I think the news is true, for it is from an ______ source. 3) Television sets are now made by a highly automatic ______. 4) I ______ seats with the girl at the back of the classroom for she was near-sighted. 5) The ______ of the students in our class joined the hobby groups. 6) Miss Black, a new teacher, found it difficult to ______ this kind of problem. 7) He finally ______ a small room from Mrs. Green after searching for a whole day. 8) There are ______ 300 hundred people in the hall.
1) As we know, the growth of population will ______ involve the expansion of housing projects. 2) I think the news is true, for it is from an _____ official source. 3) Television sets are now made by a highly automatic process ______. exchanged 4) I ______ seats with the girl at the back of the classroom for she was near-sighted. majority 5) The ______ of the students in our class joined the hobby groups. 6) Miss Black, a new teacher, found it difficult to handle ______ this kind of problem. rented 7) He finally ______ a small room from Mrs. Green after searching for a whole day. approximately 8) There are ______ 300 hundred people in the hall.
Complete the following passage with the expressions in the box below. Change the forms where necessary. In America, ______ shopping centres are being built in suburban areas ______ the city centre. The main unit of the shopping centre, which ______ central heating, ______ a supermarket. Modern American women are used to buying all their food in weekly visits to the supermarket. Americans invite their friends to their homes more than most people do in Europe. They seem to ______ hold parties both for children and grown-ups. In the suburbs, Americans are extremely friendly. When a new family moves into a suburban house, the neighbors, who ______ about half of the whole neighbourhood, will be calling at once to see if they can help in any way.
more and more In America, ________ shopping centres are far from being built in suburban areas ______ the city centre. The main unit of the shopping centre, which is equipped with is known as ________ central heating, ______ a supermarket. Modern American women are used to buying all their food in weekly visits to the supermarket. Americans invite their friends to their homes more than most people do in Europe. They seem to ______ be ready to hold parties both for children and grown-ups. In the suburbs, Americans are extremely friendly. When a new family moves into a suburban house, the neighbors, who make up _______ about half of the whole neighbourhood, will be calling at once to see if they can help in any way.
There a lot of expressions used in the text to express amounts. Try to find them and write them down in the following table.
Let’s check the answer All 1) all of … Most 1) over 80% of … 2) the majority … 3) every two out of three… 4) most of … Many A few 1) a lot of … 1) one third 2) about 40% 2)15% or of … so of … 3)many of …
Look at the following houses and find some words to describe them. Then decide which you would like to live in and tell your partner the reasons.
Read the following passages from a Real Estate Guide quickly to match them with the three pictures. Picture 1: A Picture 2: B Picture 3: C
Read the questions and try to find which passage provides the answers and then write A, B or C in the brackets. 1) Which passage mentions the matter of catching sunlight? ( 2) Which house has the fewest bedrooms? ( B ) 3) Which house contains a watering system? ( C ) 4) Which house doesn’t have a fenced backyard? ( B ) 5) In the kitchen of which house is there a dishwasher? ( 6) Which house has a very high ceiling? ( A, C ) A ) B ) 7) In which house does the bathroom feature a large mirror? ( A )
Find the words from the passages to replace the following coloured parts. 1) The house is located to catch the largest amount of sunlight and the very best water and city natural scenery. positioned, maximum, view 2) The bedrooms (all with some furniture fixed to the walls) are located upstairs together with the pleasing bathroom. built-ins, delightful 3) Inside the main house, there is a large sitting-dining room with very high overhead surfaces of rooms and a standing-alone wood heater for additional warmth on cold days. roomy, ceilings, freestanding, extra 4) This beautiful two-story house has been newly painted and plastered again. redecorated
Read the passages carefully and write down the words used to describe the houses. Do you have any other words to describe them? If so, write them down. Work in groups and design your ideal house. Then write a short passage describing it by imitating one of the passages.