Unit Three The generation gap
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Quotations about fatherhood:
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
Part one: pre-reading task
* Pair interview
5. In what areas do your parents want you to improve?
Part two: Something about plays
Part three: Family life in America
The school day usually ends at about 3 p.m. in the US and 4 p.m. in Britain, and the working day at 5 p.m. So many parents have to make arrangements for their children after school.
Although criticized sometimes, many people believe that it is good for children to learn to be independent. From an early age children are encouraged to decide what they want to do, eat or wear, and their parents try to respect their opinions.
Many American teenagers earn a good portion of their college expenses by working during the summer as waiters or waitress, construction workers, mother’s helpers, gas station attendants, telephone operators or messengers. They are not concerned with status. Being unskilled, they try to find jobs at whatever level they can. They seek not only money but also experience. They learn work habits, responsibility, the ability to take orders and to get along with a boss and different kinds of people.
Part Four: Language study Part Ⅰof the play
Embarrass: make (sb.) feel awkward or ashamed
Wait (on) tables: work as a waiter/waitress and serve others with food and even help to clear up the table after dinner;
In unison: acting in the same way at the same time
Deserve: to be worthy of; should get sth
Overall: 1) in general (adv)
Interrupt: stop (sb.) from continuing what they are saying or doing
2) be sure:
Distract: take (sb.’s attention) away from sth. Esp. for a short time.
My treat: means that Father is going to invite Dan to dinner and pay for it.
At any rate: whatever may happen; in any case
Welfare: good health, happiness, prosperity,etc of a person or group
e.g. 2) The police department attempted to narrow down the list of suspects.
exhaust 2): use up completely
Repeatedly: again and again
Why back in my day…
Frank:showing one’s thoughts and feelings openly (followed by with/about)
e.g. 1) We are not expecting any foreign countries to interfere in our internal affairs.
Enjoying a section of the soap opera while paying attention to mom’s words ‘There is sth that every parents should go through. They see their baby leave the nest and doesn't eat anything from them anymore’. And ponder over this yourself.
Fill out: complete (a document or form) by supplying required information
Proof:evidence or facts that are sufficient to establish a thing as true or believable.
2) lower in rank than others
Identify all places with the sentence ‘father knows better’ and ‘father, you know better than that’ and explain their meanings and functions. Also what does the last few words ‘uh, I do?’ mean.
Succeed (as the meaning in ‘succeed him as champion)
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