What are they usually used to do?
to get bits of
food out of the
We can wear socks
to keep warm.
We often put things in plastic bags
to carry them home or to a certain
How many new uses can you
think of for these three things?
1. Toothpicks can be used when we
eat something smaller. And they can
also be used to pin something.
2. A sock can be used to clean things,
hang things and fill something in.
Besides, it can be used as a net fixed
in the washing machine.
3. A plastic bag can be used to cover
the seat of a bike when it is raining.
And it can also be used as a glove
when we pick up something oily or
dirty. We can cover our hair with
plastic bags when we are dyeing it.
Brands of cellphone
NOKIA SEMENS MOTOROLA
LG BIRD PANDA LEGEND
CECT SUMSUNG TCL
KONKA PANASONIC SONY …
Jane Her friend
Call my parents if I am late
call for help if I met bad
stay in touch with my
Jane Her friend
We don’t really need;
Not allowed to use cell phones
The money can be used for
something more important.
Jane Her friend
She is possible to spend
much time on the phone;
Too young to have a cell
Jane Her friend
I can always find out where
Help Jane feel safe;
Send messages to her
friends if necessary.
Jane: Thank you for taking the time
to talk with me. Mum, Dad, you
know I have told you before that
I want to buy a cellphone. I
would like to tell you why I want
to buy one, and I would like
Dad: Ok, why don’t you start and then
we will all tell you what we think.
Jane: Thanks, Dad. I think a cellphone
is very useful, because I can use it
to let you know where I am and
when I will be back home. For
example, if I have to stay late at
school, you might get worried and
wonder where I am. If I have a
cellphone, I can call you and tell
you that I will be late.
Mum: Well, that’s true, but I don’t think
you should buy a cellphone. In my
opinion, a cellphone is too
expensive. Besides, if you have a
cellphone I think you will spend too
much time talking on the phone.
You’d better use your time to study
Cindy: I agree with Mrs. Collins. Some of
the other students in our class
have cellphones and they talk on
the phone all the time. I don’t see
how they ever have time for
anything else. And it is expensive.
One of my classmates said that
she spent 110 yuan in one month!
Dad: Jane, I think you are right. I often
worry about where you are and I
never know when I will be home
from work. I remember last year
when you were at the supermarket
and I had promised to pick you
up. I was late and couldn’t find you
when I got there. If you have a
cellphone I can just call you.
Jane: Thank you for telling me what
you think. I will take some
time to think about what you
have said. Now let’s have some
fun. How about playing some
Recognize more ways of expressing opinions:
Oh, I do so agree.
I guess so.
I can’t agree with you there.
Talking on P134
Advantages and disadvantages
I think cellphones have many
advantages. We can keep in touch
with our family or friends wherever
we are. Sometimes we can send
message, music or images to our
friends. We can even surf the Internet
for latest news or information.
Besides, if you have the latest model,
it can make you look nice in front of
your friends. Your mobile phone is
like a status symbol—it says you are
cool or not.
I’m afraid I don’t agree. First,
buying a cellphone will cost a lot of
money. Second, it will take you much
time and money to make phone calls.
Third, if you use too much, it will
surely disturb your work or study.
Finally, it’s reported that if you use
mobile phones for a long time you
are at risk of developing cancer.
In my opinion, robots have quite a
few advantages. They are machines
controlled by computers. They can
work for a long time without sleep or
rest. More important, they can do
some work repeatedly and efficiently.
They can often be seen in dirty or
dangerous areas. In a word, robots
are very useful both in daily life
and in industries.
In fact, robots are advanced
products and they are very
expensive to buy and repair.
Computers can help us most in our
daily life and they have far more
advantages. With a computer we can
work out complicated problems, store
information, manage a company and
surf the Internet. Without computers
we can hardly imagine what our life
would be like. In fact computers are
being widely used in education,
industry, agriculture, space, medicine
and so on. They can be seen almost
As we all know, buying a computer
will cost a lot of money. At the same
time, it’s not very easy to learn how
how to operate a computer,
especially for some aged people. At
present we can often hear about
computer viruses, which will make
the computers fail to work normally.
1. That’s worth thinking about.
“be worth doing” is a useful set
phrase. We can also say “be worth +
e.g. The film Harry Porter is so
wonderful that it is worth seeing
a second time.
The new MP3 is worth 400 yuan.
2. Well, it depends.
“It/This depends” is also a set
phrase which means
“It is hard to say or decide”. Here is
another useful phrase “depend
on/upon” which means “rely on”.
e.g. —Will you go to the park this
—Well, it depends.
All living things depend on the
sun for growth.
Middle school students should
go online in their spare time or
not. Please discuss this topic and
give your opinions.