Lesson "A meeting in the desert", 11th grade

Ким Р.П., учитель английского языка29 Октября, 2015 10:03

The theme:  A meeting in the desert.

The aim: To develop habits of listening and speaking

Objectives: To develop ss’ fluency

                      To teach working in groups

                       To enrich ss ‘ outlook

Equipments:    Audio records ,  active board , handouts.

    Type of the lesson:  Lesson of fixation of knowledge and of developing skills and abilities          

                  Plan of the workshop:

1 Prediction :Look at the pictures and guess what the theme of the lesson is.

2 Warm up: Why  do people travel?

Look at these quotations and try to express your own opinion

With a partner describe the photos and answer the questions

3. Presentation: Listen to three people describing the photos Which photo do they speak about

A meeting in the desert.

4. Practice: Listen to the first part of the story. (Group 1)

Listen to the second part of the story. (Group 2)

Listen to the third part of the story. (Group 3)

After listening do exercises

5 Wrap up; Hometask tell your own story about travelling.



            Look at the pictures and guess what the theme of the lesson is.

Warm up:

A. Why  do people travel?

B. Look at these quotations and try to express your own opinion.

 “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. “A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – Gael Attal

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” — James Michener

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” — Edith Wharton

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

With a partner describe the photos and answer the questions-

What can you see in the photo?

Where were the photo taken?

What do you think the people who took the photo had done earlier that day?

How do you think they are feeling?  Complete the notes in the table.

Listen to three people describing the photos Which photo do they speak about ? T 6/2


A meeting in the desert.

1 Look at the   illustrations which tell Simon's unusual story about a railway journey in the far west of China. Work with a partner to try and predict what happens.

2  Listen to the first part of the story. (Group 1)

Are these statements true or false? Correct the false ones.


1      Simon made the journey alone.

2      He was attracted to the idea of travelling on a new railway line in such a remote area.

3     They stopped in a desert town called Urunchi.

4     The engine driver spoke impeccable English.

5      He met an exquisitely lovely, rather serious Chinese lady. What do you think happens next?

3.Listen to the second part. Were any of your predictions correct?

 Answer the questions. (Group 2)

1       Why did the lady check her watch?

2       How do Anthony Trollope and his book The Eustace Diamonds figure in the story?

3       Who struggled and scribbled? Why?

4      Who scrabbled? Why?

5       Why did the lady say 'Don't be silly!'?

4Complete these extracts with the next three words,

 a I could just about remember ...

b The last vision I have of her was her scrabbling on her         ...

How do you think the story ends? What do you think was in the letter? The pictures may help you predict.

5 Listen to the last part. (Group 3)

 How close were your predictions? Are these statements true or

false? Correct the false ones.

1   The lady wrote to Simon to ask if she could meet him again soon.

2   She and her husband had to move to Kwi Tun as a punishment.

3   She called Kwi Tun 'this lovely little town.'

4   She regularly cycles thirteen miles across the desert to meet the train.

5   Her main motivation is to find somebody to talk to in English.

6   She once had a conversation with a migrant worker about Trollope.

7   She talked to Simon about religion.

8   Simon and the lady have unfortunately lost touch with each other.

5Work with your partner to retell the story in

your own words, using the pictures to help.

Simon and his friend decided to...

After about I5O miles...


Speaker 1 (Group 1)

This photo shows me walking along the Great Wall of China. It was early in the morning, so there was nobody there, except a man walking his goats. In the background, you can see the hills and the wall stretching out as far as you can see. Parts of the wall looked like they had been built in the clouds. I had already been in Beijing for one week, and before I left, I wanted to see the wall. I was very excited because I had heard that you can see this wall from the moon, and 1 wanted to see it for myself.

Speaker 2 (Group 2)

This is a photo of the Grand Canyon. I went there with my family - all six of us. On the left of the photo, you can see one of the guides. I took this photo after we'd been walking for a few hours. We felt very happy to be there because we had heard about the Canyon, how beautiful it was. Some friends had told us how amazing it was but we'd never expected to see it ourselves. So it was very nice to see it in real life. It was very, very big. We walked for some hours and afterwards we just sat quietly. It was a very silent place, you see, and very beautiful.

Speaker 3 (Group 3)

We took a train up, well, up the mountain and then we took a bus, and we were very high up ... erm ..., and then we walked to Machu Picchu. Far below us there was a river. We were very near the clouds and ... erm ... there were mountains covered in trees. We kept walking past a few stone huts and ... erm ... waiting to see the great ruin. We were very excited. We'd always wanted to see Machu Picchu. I'd heard that some people had started crying when they first saw the city because it's such an incredible sight. Anyway, eventually you get to a place where you can see all of the city. The stone ruins were so powerful and you think 'some people actually built this on top of a mountain'. It really was amazing. I took this photo when I first saw the city, just after we'd arrived.

Meeting in the desert

Part I

Yes, that was a wonderful story. 1 was... there was a new railway line constructed across far western China, from a place called Urunchi, through a pass called theZungarian Gate ... into what is now Kazakhstan ... and I thought it would be nifty to ride 011 one of the first trains, of course it's an extremely remote part of the world. So I go with a friend of mine called George Robertson, and the two of us go out from Urunchi, crossing the desert and now we're about 150 miles west of Urunchi and it's just sand dunes and nothing. And then suddenly the train stops and I look out and there's this'halt'. I mean it's not a station, there's no town there's just a sort of watering tower, and so I say to the conductor 'Why have we stopped?' and he said 'Oh, we're taking on water' or something like that and we'll be stopped for half an hour. So I get out and stretch my legs in the blazing sun, sand dunes, camels until I go and talk to the engine driver and while I'm doing so, I hear a voice from the si., behind me, saying in pretty impeccable English: 'Excuse me, do you speak English?' And I turn round and there is this vision of loveliness, this beautiful Chinese woman and I said 'Yes, I do actually,' and she said 'Good!' in a very sort of matter of fact slightly unsmiling way.

Part II

She looked at her watch and she said 'This train is stopping here for another 27 minutes. Have you ever read the works of Anthony Trollope?' And I'm thinking, wait a minute this is really strange, but 'Yes, I like Trollope a lot.' 'Good,' she said. 'Would you be willing to discuss with me The Eustace Diamonds, particularly the character of Lady Glencora?' I'm thinking 'this is not happening', but I do my best, struggling, I mean I must have read The Eustace Diamonds twenty years before. I could just about remember odds and ends, so I struggle through a conversation with her and then the guard waved his green flag and blew a whistle and she said 'Quick, quick go back otherwise you'll miss your train.' So I ... but I said 'You're beautiful. I love you, 1 want to live with you for the rest of my life' and she said 'Don't be so silly! Get in the train. Give me your business card.' So I didn't have one, but George had one so I scribbled my name and the train was moving. And the last vision I have of her was her scrabbling on her hands and knees to pick up my card while we went round the corner and I went back into the compartment and I said 'George, I've just had the most really strange experience ... so we then went travelling all the over Siberia for the next couple of months and I arrived back in Hong Kong and there was a letter ..

Part III

... there was a letter and she said: 'Dear Mr Winchester, I just want you to know that meeting you that day was just one of the most extraordinary events of my life. I ... am married to a cadre in the Chinese communist party and we were

... he committed some infraction and we were sent to this ghastly little town ... it was called Kwi Tun. Nothing happens here. It's 30 miles away from the road and from the railway line. There's no one here that speaks English. I'm the only person, but I'm desperate not to lose my language, so the international train goes through every Tuesday and Thursday and I cycle all the way across the desert, down to the train station, wait for it to come in, knock on every compartment to see if there's anyone there that speaks English. Occasionally there's some sort of migrant worker ... but one day I meet this man who not only can speak English, but is English and, my passion is Trollope. He knew all about Trollope. I was able to speak for 25 minutes about Trollope and it was like ... you were like an angel from heaven. It was wonderful.' Anyway we're the very best of friends. We have been for years


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Halt-  ...      маленькая станция

Impeccable    безупречный

Eustace Diamonds        бриллианты Юстаса

Odds and ends      мелкие детали

Cadre   кадровый военный

Infraction-  Any crime punishable by more than six months imprisonment

Ghastly     отвратительный

Desperate отчаянно