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Unit One Toward a brighter future for all

Toward a Brighter Future For All
School of Foreign Studies Xi?an Aeronautical University

Main Aims

? Grasp the main idea and structure of the Text A

Key Points

? New Words ? Sentence Patterns

? Questions & Discussion:
?Q1: What is the ideal university in your eyes? ?Q 2: What are your expectations to your college life? ?Q3: What advice did your parents give you before you left for college?

Background Information
? Higher education in the United States is an optional final stage of formal learning following secondary education. Higher education occurs most commonly at one of the 4,726 degree-granting institutions, either colleges or universities in the country. These may be public universities, private universities, liberal arts colleges, or community colleges.

Background Information
? Let?s get to know some American university badges.

Background Information

Background Information

Vera Wang

Vera Wang
? Vera Wang (Chinese: 王薇薇; born June 27, 1949) is a fashion designer based in New York. She is known for her wedding gown collection among other specialties. She designed gowns for Bill Clinton?s daughter Chelsea,Mariah Carey (玛丽亚· 凯 莉),Sharon Stone (莎朗· 斯通),Avril Lavigne (艾薇儿· 拉维尼),Coco(李玟), Selina (SHE), Fish Leong (梁静茹)etc.

Structure of the text
? Three Parts:
?Part one: Para.1-Para.3

?Part Two
?Part Three


Structure of the text
? Part 1 (1-3): The president congratulates students on their achievement and reminds students of the fact that their current success was due to their own and their parents? efforts, and that their future is built on a solid foundation of the past

Structure of the text
? Part 2 (4-7) The president offers students comprehensive advice on how to make the most of their four college years and makes them realize the university?s expectations and their own responsibilities.

Structure of the text
? Part 3 (8) The students are called upon to cherish the opportunity and to bear in mind their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, their country and the world.

Fast Reading

? Read the passage quickly and answer the following questions.

? 1. What can we know from paragraph 1? ? 2. In paragraph 3, of what did the parents always remind their children before they came to college? ? 3. What?s the speaker?s purpose in mentioning the parents? reminders? ? 4. What does the president call on the students to do with the greatest resources on campus? ? 5. What does the president mean when he says “sample them widely”? ? 6. What can you learn from the example of Vera Wang? ? 7. How do you understand “Now it is your turn”? ? 8. How does the president?s speech impress you?

Language Points
1. marvelous: causing great wonder; extraordinary; 引起惊异的,不可思议的,非凡的
The marvelous acting compensated for the play's weak script. 这部剧的精彩表演弥补了剧本的不足。

Language Points
? 2. ensure v. make certain that (something) will occur or be the case
?I will ensure that the car arrives by six o'clock. ?我保证汽车六点钟以前到。 ?This medicine will ensure you a good night's sleep. ?这药能保证你睡一夜好觉。

? Insure: arrange for compensation in the event of damage to or loss of (property), or injury to or the death of (someone), in exchange for regular payments to a company or to the state
?The company had insured itself against a fall of the dollar. ?公司给自己投保免受美元下跌影响。

? assure: tell someone something positively or confidently to dispel any doubts they may have向... 保证; 郑重宣告
?The news assured us. ?这消息使 我们放心了。 ?Nothing can assure permanent happiness. ?没有什么东西能确保永久的幸福。

Key Points
? 1. I want to make the most of this unique experience, and to use your energy and enthusiasm to reap the benefits of this opportunity. (Para. 4 )
? Meaning: I want to encourage you to do all you can to take advantage of this special experience, and to use your energy and passion to gain rewards / good results from this chance.

? 2. You will not only emerge as a more broadly educated person, but you will also stand a better chance of discovering an unsuspected passion that will help to shape your future. (Para. 5 ) ? Meaning: You will not only grow and develop into a more broadly educated person, but you will also be more likely to find a passion you don?t know you have, which will help you to shape you future. ? Note: When in college, the student is accumulating a variety of experiences. In essence he is growing and developing. At the end of this experience, the student will emerge, like the caterpillar that undergoes metamorphosis. While emerge may not literally mean “evolve”, there is a feeling or sense of “evolving” here.

Key Points
? 3. So, with a glow in your eye and a song in your heart, step forward to meet these new experiences! (Para. 6 )
? Meaning: Therefore, with the excitement and enthusiasm that I know you must have in your heart, I encourage you to go forward from here and face the new part of your life.

? Note: Here the president is speaking figuratively. The expression a glow in your eye and a song in your heart implies the excitement and enthusiasm of the students.

? 4. We believe that as you become members of our community of scholars, you will soon come to realize that with the abundant opportunities for self-enrichment provided by the university, there also come responsibilities. ( Para. 7) ? Meaning: We believe that once you join our group of scholars, you will soon come to realize that while the university offers you so many chances for personal development, there come duties as well. ? Meaning beyond words: After elaborating on all the opportunities and benefits that a university education is to bring to students, the president is coming to another topic: responsibilities that students are to take.

? Do the translation on P15 and hand in your homework next week.


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