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Contemporary College English. Intensive Reading I Demo Session. What is Intensive Reading?. Intensive reading is comprehensive but not all embracing Intensive reading is training of all basic language skills thorough, systematic, sustained, all-around training - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • What is Intensive Reading? Intensive reading is comprehensive but not all embracingIntensive reading is training of all basic language skills thorough, systematic, sustained, all-around traininglistening, reading, speaking, writing, translating skillsIntensive reading training develops through different stages, each stage with its own emphasisIntensive reading is not evaluated by the course alone; its assessment has to be done in relation to the overall development of all the basic skills in all the courses from Prof. Yang Limings Speech

  • Objectives of First-year Intensive ReadingAt a macro level

    To help students transfer from secondary level EFL learning to tertiary level

    To help students become conscious of the discrepancy between language knowledge and language use

    To help students develop their ability of using what they have learned in middle school through classroom teaching and all kinds of language activities organization of learning in terms of materials, requirements, class performance, assessment, teachers role, and their own role how these elements could be different now

  • Objectives of First-year Intensive Reading

    To introduce students to some new language phenomena

    To help students become aware of socio-cultural issues in the learning of language

    To help students appreciate language from the stylistic perspective

  • Objectives for First-year Intensive ReadingAt a micro level

    To help enlarge students vocabulary

    To help students both clarify and consolidate grammar knowledge, particularly in terms of useTo help students further develop basic reading skills To help students learn to retell and summarizeTo help students realize the importance of critical thinking in language learning

    Students are expected to learn about 2,000 new words in the first year - collocations, phrases, verb patterns, word-formation, synonyms, acronyms, etc.

    Zhaohui Li @ BFSU

    Half a DayNaguib Mahfouz

  • Half a Day

  • Warm upFirst day of school

  • Warm UpFirst day of school In 1957, fifteen-year-old Dorothy Geraldine Counts and three other students became the first African American students to attend the previously all white Harding High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Warm UpFirst day of school


  • Warm-upDo you still remember your first day at school? Try to recollect it and share it with your partner.

    How did you feel the first day your arrived at university? Did you feel like a stranger? Did you find the university just as you had imagined? In what way was it different?

    What are your expectations of university? What kind of changes do you think it will bring upon your life?

  • PreviewMain idea

    Structure and logic

    Questions on the texts

    Language and grammarStyle

    General idea

    Pronunciation and spelling



    Questions for discussionListeningReadingThinkingPreview Worksheet

  • Naguib Mahfouz Born in 1911, educated at Cairo UniversityWrote short stories and historical novels before WWIITurned to write novels of social realism after WWIILater works combined realism & symbolism A prolific writer: no fewer than 30 novels, more than 100 short stories, and more than 200 articles.

  • His WorksThe Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street (first published 1957)The Time and Place and Other Stories, 1991

  • His InfluenceThe first Arab Writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature 1988, The Cairo Trilogy Depicts realistically the social and political life in Egypt

    His classical and lucid style rejuvenated literary Arabic without recourse to colloquialisms through works rich in nuance - now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous - has formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind "a Dickens of the Cairo cafs" and "the Balzac of Egypt".

  • Lesson 1 Half a Day Plot: a little boys first time to go to school

    Setting: on the way to school at school on the way home

    Protagonist/Narrator: I the boy in the story

    Theme of the story: what do you think?A Short Story

  • Text Structure1Para. 1-7

    The boys reluctance to go to school His misgivings about school

    2Para. 8-16

    The Boys life at school:Rich and colorfulRequiring discipline and hard work

    3Para. 17-20

    At the end of school day:Everything has changed!

    Zhaohui Li @ BFSU

    Detailed Analysis Para. 1-7

  • Main IdeasHow did the boy feel about going to school? Find textual evidence. Why was he feeling so? List the fathers comments about school. What do you think of them?

    School is a place that makes useful men out of boys.Dont you want to be useful like your brothers?Put a smile on your face and be a good example to others.Be a man.Today you truly begin life.

  • Language and DetailsWordsPhrasesSentence PatternGrammarclutch

    convince throw into

    make out of

    tear from

    cling to The day + that clause

    There is no/any good in doingI was to be thrown into

    clutching his right hand

    street lined with gardens

  • Language and Details clutchhold tightly, usu. in fear, anxiety, or pain

    Silent and pale, the girl clutched (to/onto) her mothers chest.A drowning man will clutch at a straw.Clutching the money in his hand, he hurried to the bank.

  • Language and Details Lesson 1 Half a DaySentence Paraphrase 2They did not make me happy, however, as this was the day I was to be thrown into school for the first time.

    As introduces an adverbial clause of reason.Noun phrase usu. followed by a relative clause is used as an adverbial of time.But my new clothes did not bring any happiness to me, because it was the day I was forced to go to school for the first time.Be to do sth: future tense indicating intention or plan

  • Language and DetailsMore examples:

    I was born in the year China began its open and reform policy.

    By the time the ambulance arrived, it was too late.

    The moment I saw him, I recognized he was the criminal wanted by the police.

  • Language and DetailsLesson 1 Half a DayWhy school? I asked my father. What have I done?

    elliptical questionWhy do I have to go to school? I dont think Ive done anything wrong to be punished like this.rhetorical question

    Zhaohui Li @ BFSU

    Detailed AnalysisPara. 8-16

  • Main IdeasWhat happened the first day at school?

    How did the boy like school life?

    Can you describe the different stages of his day at school? Do these changes carry any symbolic meaning to you?

    How do you understand there are fathers and mothers here (para. 12) and I made many friends and fell in love with many girls (para. 13)?

  • Main IdeaThen

    But At first ReluctantFrightenedA strangerImprisonedConfusedAt a lossOverwhelmed

    JoyfulEnjoyableBeneficialSocializingLearningFriendshipLoveSweet UncloudedRivalriesPainHatredPunishmentExertionPerseverance

  • Main IdeaGrowthCompromiseEnlightenmentAdaptationOrientationHalf a DayLife is like a day in school.

  • Living beings were drawn to other living beings, and from the first moments my heart made friends with such boys as were to be my friends and fell in love with such girls as I was to be in love with, so that it seemed my misgivings had had no basis.

    Translated by Denys Johnson-Davies

  • Language and DetailsWordsPhrasesSentence PatternGrammarmisgivingperseverance

    come into viewburst intoa matter offool aroundbring aboutgive rise toresort totake advantage of

    There was no question of doing

    Nothing butI had never imagined school would have

    She would often yell and scoldPart III

  • Language and DetailsI had never imagined school would have this variety of experiences. (para. 13)possibility

    And while the lady would smile, she would often yell and scold. (para. 15)frequent actions in the past

    I would find the answer at home with my father. (para. 18)past future tense

    but the stream of cars would not let up. (para. 18)willingness

  • Language and DetailsSafety precautions are observed as a matter of course. a matter of course: sth done as a routine, nothing special

    It is not a matter of life and death to have failed the exam.a matter of life and death: a very serious matter

    It is a matter of record that Paris is a romantic city.a matter of record: sth generally believed to be true

  • Language and DetailsFill in the blanks:

    How can we _________ a change in attitudes?A huge amount of environmental damage has been ___________ by the destruction of the rainforests.

    His speech _____________a bitter argument. The President's absence has _____________ speculation about his health.

    fml to be the reason that sth. happened, esp. sth. Bad and unpleasantMake sth. happenbring aboutbrought aboutgave rise togiven rise to

    Zhaohui Li @ BFSU

    Detailed AnalysisPara. 17-20

  • Main IdeaWhat did I see when he stepped out of school? Summarize the changes.

    How did he feel?

    Why did he stand still?

    How do you understand the unexpectedness of the changes?

    Why do you think the boy was suddenly a grandpa?

  • Main IdeaTIMEAllegorical

    Time Mnemonic timeObservable TimeHalf a dayChildhood adulthoodold ageLIFE

  • Language and DetailsWordsPhrasesGrammartraceinvadedaze in vainon my own come to a haltfind ones way totake overshow offlet upHere and there stood conjurers

    with clowns and weight lifters walking in front

  • Language and


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