Speaking Warming up What are they usually used to do? We usually use toothpicks to get bits of food out of the space between teeth. We can wear socks to keep warm. We often put things in plastic bags to carry them home or to a certain place. 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. practice Speaking 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 for home; call for help if I met bad guys outside; stay in touch with my friends. Mum Dad Jane Her friend We don’t really need; Not allowed to use cell phones in school; The money can be used for something more important. Mum Dad Jane Her friend Too expensive; She is possible to spend much time on the phone; Too young to have a cell phone. Mum Dad Jane Her friend I can always find out where she is; Help Jane feel safe; Send messages to her friends if necessary. Mum Dad 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 your advice. 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 instead. 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 cards? Recognize more ways of expressing opinions: Oh, I do so agree. Absolutely right. Definitely. I guess so. I can’t agree with you there. Not really. Not exactly. No way….) Mr. bean Talking on P134 Advantages and disadvantages cellphones 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. Computer 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 everywhere. 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. Language points 1. That’s worth thinking about. “be worth doing” is a useful set phrase. We can also say “be worth + money/price”. 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 Sunday afternoon? —Well, it depends. All living things depend on the sun for growth. Homework Discussion Middle school students should go online in their spare time or not. Please discuss this topic and give your opinions.
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