trial n. 审判；审讯；试验
evidence n. 根据；证据
explode vi. 爆炸
entrance n. 入口
1. Read this passage and think about the
difference between a fact and an opinion.
What is a fact?
A fact is anything that can be proved.
What is an opinion?
An opinion is what someone believes is
true but has not been proved.
What is evidence?
The facts given by the eyewitness is
2. Now read quickly a man’s story about
what happened to the Amber Room. Do
you think it is a fact or an opinion? Give
I think it is it is an opinion that what id
in the boxes is gold or the Amber Room
because Jan Hasek did not see what was
in the boxes. He listened to other
people’s ideas of what might have been
inside. Sohis evidence is an opinion.
3. Read the story again and fill in the table.
Name Jan Hasek Job A miner
Place Czech Time April, 1945
heard Something explored at midnight.
What he 1 Some German soldiers put wooden
saw boxes in the mine.
2 The entrance to the mine was closed.
What he The Amber Room and some gold
believes were buried in the mine.
1 trial n. 审判；审讯；试验
Trial by jury is a fundamental right.
It was a very complicated trial that
went on for months.
She’s going on / standing trial for
2 evidence n. 根据；证据
one or more reasons for believing that sth.
is or is not true:
1 The police have found no evidence of a
terrorist link with the murder.
2 There is growing / mounting / increasing
evidence that people whose diets are rich
in vitamins are less likely to develop some
types of cancer.
3 explode vi. 爆炸
to (cause to) burst violently:
1 A bomb exploded at one of London’s
busiest railway stations this morning.
2 He was driving so fast that his car
4 entrance n. 入口
a door, gate, etc. by which you can enter
a building or place:
There are two entrances — one at the
front and one round the back.
You are going to hear another two people
talk about happened to the Amber Room.
1 Listen to Part A and write down where
the Amber Room was list. _______.
2 Listen to Part B and write down how
the Amber Room was list. _________.
In a fire
Listen to the tape again. Stop after
each other part and fill in the blanks.
Name Hans Job a sailor Place Konigsberg
One He was told
night help German soldiers
to_____________________ put some
during ___________________ onto the ship.
big wooden boxes
war The soldiers said that the heavy
are full of treasure
One The ship_______________. on
went out to sea
night the voyage, the ship
during _____________ and sank. Almost
the _____________. He had to swim
war three kilometres before
he was saved by German ship
One Many trucks
___________ came to the castle
night with ____________.
in ___________________ took the
The German soldiers
1941 boxes into the castle.
She heard that a special __________
in the castle was shown to
At the something explored
She heard ____________________,
end of and she saw The castle was on fire
August, She found some melted pieces of
something that looked like ______.
The soldiers told her that the
melted pieces could have come
The Amber Room
Part A: Hans Braun’s story
Hello, I’m Hans Braun, an old German
sailor. During the war my ship was at the
Königsberg. On night I was told to help
our soldiers put some big wooden boxes
onto my ship. They were very heavy and
the soldiers said they were full of treasure.
The ship went out to sea.
On our voyage, our ship was attacked
and sank. Almost evermore died. I had
to swim three kilometres before I was
saved by a German ship. Nobody had
time to save the boxes. They must still
be buried in the sand. Now a group of
people who are searching for the Amber
Room have asked me to help them find
Part B: Anna Petrov’s story
Hello, my name is Anna Petrov. I was a
maid at the castle in Kaliningrad
between 1940 and 1945. On night in
1941 many trucks came to the castle
with large boxes. The German soldiers
took the boxes into the castle.
Later we heard that a special aert
treasure in the castle was shown to
important visitors. Perhaps it was the
Amber Room nut I never saw it. Then
at the end of August, 1944, I heard
something explored. When I looked
outside I saw that the castle was in fire.
The next morning, I found some melted
pieces of something that looked like
honey. Russian soldiers later told me it
was amber and it could have come from
the Amber Room.
1. Discuss in pairs which person gave
the best evidence, using the
information in the former section. The
following expressions may help you.
Do / Don’t you think that…?
Would you consider…?
Why / Why not…?
Do you have any idea about…?
How do you know that?
Are you sure that he / she was telling
What do you think?
What do you think of…?
What’s your idea / opinion of…?
What would you say…?
How do you feel about…?
Who do you think was…?
What are your reasons for saying that…
I think / don’t think that…
Sorry, I agree / don’t agree with you.
It can be proved.
That can’t be true.
I don’t believe…, because…
I think … is telling the truth because…
2. Write down the reasons for your choice.
It can be proved that _____________
gave the best evidence because ________
something tht could have come from
the Amber Room and she has nothing
to gain from her story
We have talked about what we should do
to protect the cultural relics; now we’ll
learn a letter from a German newspaper.
The writer gives his opinion about what
should be done with the cultural relic that
has been found.
2. Fast reading for general ideas and then
fill in the table.
What’s being Some people are
talked about? searching for the
What is Johann’s He doesn’t agree that
opinion? it should be returned
to Russia, or to any
What are Johann’s
The search has
reasons for not
cost them a lot of
returning it to
time and money.
3. Discuss the following questions in turn
and think of some reasons for your ideas.
Questions for the discussion
1) Who do you think the Amber Room
2) What should you do with things you
have found even if the search cost you
time and money?
3) Do you agree with Johann’s idea?
4. An informal class debate
Tips for an informal class debate
There must be a question with two
There must be a chairperson.
There must be two sides in the class “for”
or “against” the question.
Each side take turns to debate and gives
reasons for their opinion.
At the end there should be a class vote.
The chairperson says which side wins
1. think highly / much / well of…
=sing high praise for… 看重；器重
think little / nothing of…
The headmaster thought highly of
me for my good performance.
The little boy was well thought of
They think highly of him.
No, not really! I think only the professor
really understands it. But I know the
government thinks highly of it.
2 informal adj.
(of situations) not formal or official, or
(of clothing, behaviour, speech) suitable
when you are with friends and family
but not for official occasions: 非正式的
1.We had an informal meeting.
2.These words are informal.
n. (a) serious discussion of a subject in
which many people take part:
vi. to discuss a subject in a formal way:
After a long debate the bill was passed.