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UNIT 10 Want freedom from fear? I. Lead-in If you are alone in a house with a power failure at night, would you be afraid? And what can you do to lessen your fear? If a student is afraid of examinations, what advice can you give him or her? If a man is afraid of standing on a balcony on the 20th floor of a high-rise building, what would you say to help him overcome his fear of heights? If a student is afraid of speaking English in front of other people, what suggestions can you give? II. Work with your partner and talk about the things you are frightened of, such as animals, heights, flying, etc., referring to the useful expressions in the boxes if necessary. Are you frightened of anything in particular? Are you especially afraid of anything? Do you fear anything? Does anything frighten you particularly? What scares you? Useful expressions. ...I’ m afraid of walking alone in an open field at night. I'm scared of walking by myself in the open at the night. Walking alone in a field at night scares me. I'm frightened to be done in a field in the dark. Useful expressions. ...a shadow ahead scares me stiff. A shadow scares/frightens me out of my wits/senses. A shadow sends shivers down my spine. A shadow makes my hair stand on end. A shadow gives me gooseHest1. My blood runs cold at the sight of a shadow. ...I wouldn't dare make a single sound. I don't dare to utter a sound. I wouldn't dare let out a sound Useful expressions. ...hide under a blanket. ...cover myself up with a blanket. ...wrap myself up in a blanket. ...bury head m a blanket like an ostrich. ...you’ll miss lots of interesting experiences. You may miss many interesting experiences. You’ll miss out on some strange happenings. Useful expressions. I guess so. I think so. I agree. That's true. ...help you shake off your fear of the dark. ...help you get rid of/overcome that fear of the dark. Sample dialog. Pay attention to the colored expressions. A: People are frightened of lots and lots of different things. Are you frightened of anything in particular? B: Well, I'm scared of dogs. A: Really? What are you afraid of? B:I don't how exactly. They just make me nervous, and I'm scared to death when a dog barks at me. A: If you're scared of dogs, you’ll miss a lot fun. They are our good friends. B: Maybe you are right. A: To overcome this fear, you could find a doctor to he1p you get rid of that fear of dogs. B: That's a good idea. Thank you. III. Create a dialog with your partner according to the given situation, referring to the useful expressions in the form if necessary. A and B are talking about the important exam. A will have tomorrow. A worries that he will fail. B comforts him and offers some advice. Useful expressions. You look so down. You look so sad/gloomy/glum. You've got the blues. I'm afraid I’11 fail. I'm worried I’ll fail. I'm afraid I can't pass it Have you been studying? Have you done your work? Are you prepared for it? Useful expressions. Once I pick up the exam paper, all my knowledge is gone. Once I look at d1e exam paper, I can't remember what I've learned. Once I look at exam paper, my mind goes blank. As soon as I see the exam, everything I learned 1eaves me. That's hard to believe. I can hardly believe it. I can hardly imagine it. Useful expressions. My head is filled with a buzzing noise. All I can hear is a buzzing sound. I can only hear a loud buzzing. ...the words blur on the page--- The words on the page became unclear. The page is nothing but a blur. ...I can't think. My mind no longer works. My brain freezes. I go numb. My head swims. Useful expressions. ...I break into a cold sweat. I sweat. /I feel paralyzed. I become desperate. I lose all hope. I feel for you. I sympathize with you. You have my sympathy. I know how you're hurting. Sample dialog. Pay attention to the colored expressions. A: Oh, what's the matter with you? You look so glum. B: We will have an English oral test tomorrow, and I'm worried I’ll fail. A: Did you practice? B: You know me. I have been practicing all the time. And I can speak fluently until I see the interviewer. A: I can hardly believe it. B: It's like I'm two people. I open my mouth but my mind goes blank. I simply can't think. And… A: And what? B: And I stammer. A: Oh, you have my sympathy. IV. Create a dialog with your partner according to the given situation, referring to the useful expressions in the form if necessary. A is ill. B suggests A go to see the doctor and take injections. But A doesn’t want to because he is afraid of injections. Useful expressions. This tooth is really bugging me. This tooth really bothers me. This tooth is driving me crazy. Going to the dentist really unnerves me. Nothing gets me down 1ike going to the dentist. I try to avoid it 1ike the plague. I’ll try to avoid it as much as possible/as much as I can. It's the last thing I want to do. Useful expressions. It can't be that bad! It's al1in your mind. I’ll do anything to stay out of the dentist's chair. I'11do everything/try my best to avoid sitting in the| dentist's chair. Even when your face is swollen with the bad tooth? Even when your face is puffed up with the toothache the pain? You bet! Sure./Certainly. /For sure./Absolutely. Sample dialog. Pay attention to the colored expressions. A: I have a bad cold, and I've had a low fever for several days. B: Have you seen the doctor? Maybe you should take an injection. A: No. I lose courage at the idea of taking an injection. I’ll try to avoid it as much as possible. B: Come on. Don't be like a child. It's all in your mind. A: I'm not like a child! But I’ll do everything to avoid injections. B: Even when your cold last for several more days? A: Sure. V. Questions for Discussion. 1. How can one overcome fear of giving a speech in public? 2. Are you afraid of going to the dentist? Eyes, how can you get rid of your fear? 3. Do you fear certain insects or animals? Why? 4. Are you afraid of horror movies? If yes, describe your fear. 5. What was the most frightening experience you've had? 6. Do you ever have nightmares? What are they about? 7. Are you afraid of walking alone at night? If yes, what are you afraid of? 8. Is there any person you are afraid of? Why? 9. Are you afraid of flying? 10. Are there certain weather conditions that scare people? What are they, and why?