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					Welcome
    Unit 3 Module 6
           Task
Writing a letter to explain
cultural misunderstandings
Lead-in

1. Love me; love my dog.
2. He is as strong as a horse.
3. He looked a drowned mouse for he
  had been caught in the rain.
4. The chickenhearted girl
  was almost frightened
  to death at the scary story.
                    我是…
                    请帮我找一下…听电话好吗?




Who is calling please? / Who
is that?
Hi. This is … speaking. May I
speak to …?
    performances


How do Chinese people greet each other?
How about people greet in Thailand? In
South America? In the Middle East? In the
USA? In Holland? In Japan?
Joke

                  ‘Where!
                  Where!’



       misunderstanding
    Listening
 Pre-listening questions:
1.Who were the three visitors?

 Mr Singh    Mr Takashi     Mr Hudson



2.Where did they go?
  the Forbidden City      the Summer Palace
Listen and find the misunderstandings

               refused to ______________________
                           shake hands with
               the student holding out his left hand.
  Mr Singh                 _______________________
               refused to try the black pepper beef
               on the menu.
               kept ________________, some of which
                     buying gifts
               were very expensive.
Mr Takashi     appeared unhappy when the student
               just ___________________________
                     put his business card into his
               _________________________________ .
                 pocket without looking at it carefully

               kept _______________________
                     making an okay sign

Mr Hudson      unwilling to _____________________.
                             get on the boat
 Why?
 When in Rome do as the Romans do.
 What shouldn’t we do in a certain place, tribe
 or country?
                   ↓
                taboo
                   ↓
ban on the use or mention
of something resulting from
social customs
     Reading

1. Read the article about taboos in a
magazine.
2. Have a discussion with your partner
to find the taboos that help explain
some of the misunderstandings.
          misunderstandings       taboos

 Mr.        one’s left hand   being impolite
Singh     black pepper beef     religion

                 gifts

  Mr.       business card     getting upset
Takashi
               OK sign

  Mr.            boat
Hudson
   Listening

1.Listen to the tape for the first time to fill in
  the blanks.


2. Try to explain the other three
  misunderstandings when listening for the
  second time.
          misunderstandings         taboos

 Mr         one’s left hand     being impolite

Singh     black pepper beef       religion

                 gifts        being important

  Mr        business card       getting upset
Takashi                       a request for small
               OK sign        change
  Mr                          a matter of ‘personal
                 boat
Hudson                        space’
Writing a letter of apology
Have a discussion in groups of eight and
write a letter of apology to the foreign
guests.

Group 1 and 2        to Mr Singh;
Group 3 and 4        to Mr Takashi;
Group 5 and 6        to Mr Hudson.

(about 150 words or so in the letter)
 Key structures:
 Paragraph1 the intention of this letter
   I’m writing to you for…
 Paragraph2 the explanation, reason& realization
  I feel rather strange when you…
  I didn’t realize that there are some taboos…
  After reading the article, I know…
  I shouldn’t have …
 Paragraph3 the intention again and wishes
  I feel sorry for…
  I hope you can forgive me…
  I hope our next meeting will be…
            Homework

 Please finish the writing task of
 Part B on Page 123.

				
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