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College English: Listening and Speaking Course 1 Unit 12: Dreams and Ambitions


Part A Part B Part C Part D Unit13:Dreams and Ambitions Going on Vacation


Communicative Function : Describing Past Events Listening Strategy : Describing Time Unit13:Dreams and Ambitions


Pre-listening Task Listening Task Text : Larry’s Dream Speaking Tasks Unit13:Dreams and Ambitions


Additional Listening : Jeffrey Zaslow Unit13:Dreams and Ambitions


Home Listening : To Follow a Dream Unit13:Dreams and Ambitions


Part A Communicative Function Describing Past Events It’s often interesting to recall what you did some time ago, And different kinds of questions can help you to remember things that happened to you.


Part A Listen to the dialogue and write down answers to the following questions 1. Where did Phil go last weekend? _____________________________________________________ What did he do there? _____________________________________________________ What did he do on Sunday? ___________________________________________________ What did Laura do last weekend? ____________________________________________________ What happened to her? _____________________________________________________ He went Ofor a visit to his hometown He went for an autumn walk in the hills. He went on a river trip. She did nothing but lie in bed. She came down with the flu.


Part A W: Hi, Phil. How did your weekend go? M: Fine. I went back to visit my hometown. W: Lucky you. What did you do there? M: I went for an autumn walk in the hills with some of my cousins. W: Was it good? M: Yes, the trees were amazing. The whole hillside was fiery red. W: How wonderful! Do anything else? M: We went on a river trip practically the whole day Sunday. W: Did you like it? M: Very enjoyable. By the way, Laura, what about your weekend? W: Don't ask me, Phil. M: What happened? W: I came down with the flu. I could do nothing but lie in bed. M: Oh, dear.


Part A Listening Strategy Describing Time


Part A Listen to Barbara Smith talking about her day and then fill in the blanks with the missing time expressions. Listening Strategy Hello, my name is Barbara Smith. I'm the personnel manager of the Garden Hotel and I'm going to tell you what I did yesterday. I got up at _______ and left home for work at________. After a 35 minutes' drive I arrived at my office at about 8:30. The first thing I did was to turn on my computer and check my mail. At 9 sharp work began. I interviewed two candidates in the morning, one at 9:30 and the other at 10: 30. At 12: 20, I went down to the cafeteria for some lunch. In the afternoon I interviewed two more candidates, one at 2 o'clock and the other at 3:15. At 4 o'clock I attended a staff meeting, which lasted for about three quarters of an hour. By then it was time to go home. The traffic was so bad that it took me more than an hour to get home. It was already 7:30 when I finally sat down to my dinner, completely tired out. 7:15 7:55


Part B Larry’s Dream


Part B Exercise 1: Listening for general understanding Listen to the tape once and choose the right answers to the questions you hear. 1. What does the story mainly tell us? a. How Larry found a job in a restaurant in Hollywood. b. How Larry managed to make a living in Hollywood. c. How Larry started his career in Hollywood. d. How Larry met an important film director in Hollywood. 2. Which of the following statements about Larry can be inferred? a. Larry was an idealistic dreamer. b. Larry had a sense of humor. c. Larry was going to be a great movie star. d. Larry was broke when he met the film director.


Part B Exercise 2: Listening for details Listen to the tape once again and write down answers to the following questions. What helped Larry to carry on with life when his dream was dashed again and again? ________________________________________________ What job did Larry find in order to support himself? __________________________________________________ Was Larry well-paid and how did he manage to make a living? _________________________________________________________________ His belief that one day he would become a movie star. Parking cars for one of Hollywood's big restaurants. No, his pay was only basic. But he got generous tips from guests driving into the restaurant.


Part B 4. What happened one day that changed Larry's life? _____________________________________________________________ 5. Why was the film director interested in Larry? ____________________________________________________________ 6. Larry said :”some big companies are after me.” What can be the two meanings of this statement? ___________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ Larry parked the car of a famous film director and was able to introduce himself to the man. He was amused by Larry's unusual/clever way of recommending himself. a. ”Some big film companies are interested in me” b. ”Some big companies are pressing me for paying their bills.”


Larry's Dream Larry had always wanted to become a movie star. His hopes for success were dashed again and again, however. Hollywood just did not seem interested. But Larry refused to admit that his chances of getting into movies were practically nil. Someday, he told himself, his big opportunity would come. To keep body and soul together, Larry found a job parking cars for one of Hollywood's big restaurants. The pay was basic but since the guests were quite generous with their tips, he managed to make a living. One day he recognized an important film director driving into the parking lot and getting out of his car. Larry had recently heard that the man was making a new picture. Larry got into the car and prepared to drive it on into the lot and park it. Then he stopped, jumped out and ran over to the director. "Excuse me, sir, but I think it's fair to tell you that it's now or never if you want me in your new picture. A lot of big companies are after me." Fascinated by Larry's abrupt statement, the director stopped. "Yes? Which companies?" "Well," replied the would-be star, "there's the telephone company, the gas company, and the electric company, to mention only a few." The director laughed, then scribbled something on a card and handed it to the young man. "Come and see me tomorrow." Larry got a small part in the director's next film. He was on his way! Part B


Part B


Part B Listen to the dialogues and repeat after the recording. Practice the dialogues with your partner, playing the role of A or B. Then work with your partner to create your own dia­logues by replacing the underlined parts with your own words. Pair Work


Part B Dialogue 1 A: I like the story we’ve just heard very much. B: So do I . It’s very entertaining. A: I wonder if Larry would really become a famous movie star. B: I think he might. He was so clever. A: But being clever alone doesn't make you a good actor. B: 1 suppose so. But at least he had realized his dream of acting in a Hollywood movie. A: That's true. By the way, what's your dream? B: I don't know. I don't think I have any great ambition in life. A: So what do you want most in life, then? B: A decent job, an apartment of my own and a family that I really love. A: I guess most people would like to have those. B: What more can you wish for? A: Well, I've always wanted to be a singer. B: Have you? No wonder, you sing so well.


Part B Dialogue 2 A: I sometimes feel almost jealous when I see someone who is realizing his dream. B: Yeah, like someone who wins an Olympic gold medal. A: Or does something amazing, like sailing across the Pacific Ocean by himself. B: But don't you think we're jealous of their results, not their efforts? A: I see your point. Those people must have paid a high price to reach their goals. B: You're right. All of them must have worked so hard to make their dreams come true. A: The hardest thing to do in pursuing a dream, I think, is to keep on in spite of set­backs. B: You're right. That's the main reason why people fail in even some modest goals, because they give up easily. A: All this talk of dreams reminds me of a speech... B: Let me guess. I bet it's “I have a dream" by Martin Luther King. A: That's it! It's very moving, isn't it? B: Yes, it is. And so inspiring. A: By the way, do you have a dream? B: Well, that's my secret.


Part C Jeffrey Zaslow Additional Listening


Part C 1.When did Zaslow start writing stories? a. In 1988. b. In his childhood. c. At Carnegie Mellon University. d. At the Chicago Sun-Times. 2. What can be inferred from the passage? a. People playing the roles of cartoon figures at Disney World had a hard life. b. Zaslow did not like his job at the Wall Street Journal. c. Jeffrey Zaslow was a better advice columnist than Ann Landers. d. To be an advice columnist has always been Zaslow's dream. 3. Which is not true according to the passage? a. Most of the applicants had experiences with a lot of people in lots of places. b. Among the contestants there were more women than men. c. Only seven candidates qualified for the finals. d. Some editors discouraged Zaslow from reaching the semifinals.


Part C 4. How old was Zaslow when his column became popular with readers in Chicago? a. 33. b. 31. c. 28. d. 41. 5. What is the major benefit Zaslow has got from his years in the advice business? a. He has realized his dream of becoming a writer. b. He has greater faith in his fellowmen. c. He earns a good salary. d. He has made many friends.


Part C Jeffrey Zaslow Jeffrey Zaslow, the advice columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, grew up in suburban Philadel­phia. His biggest ambition in life was to be a writer. "I never wanted to be anything else," he says. "I was ten or eleven when I saw Gone with the Wind and I wrote my own Civil War story." After earning a degree in creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University, he got a job at a newspaper in Orlando, Florida. He made his mark with his article on the rough working conditions endured by the people inside the Mickey and Minnie costumes at Walt Disney World. Later he be­came a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal.


Part C In 1988, when the famous advice columnist, Ann Landers, quit her job at the Chicago Sun-Times, the paper launched a nationwide contest to find her replacement. Jeffrey Zaslow applied. Among the 12,000 contestants, women outnumbered men nine to one, and most of them had seen a lot more of life than Zaslow, who was 28 and not married. When he reached the semifinals, his editors at the Journal ran a headline: "Why He'll Never Make It." But Jeffrey did make it in the finals. Today, thirteen years later, his column, "All That Zazz," is read by thousands of readers in the Chicago area. His years in the advice business left him with a deep appreciation for people and their problems. He is also greatly moved by the generosity, sincerity and good nature of his readers. "Wonderful people," he says, "do outnumber terrible people in this world. I have much more faith in my fellow man than I had before. And I've read plenty of letters to back that up."


Part D To Follow a Dream


Part D 1.At 35, Jane had a good job and a busy social life. 2.When Jane was a teenager she often dreamed of having a romantic life. 3.Jane quit her job because she didn't like it. 4.Jane began a trip around the world to follow her dreams. 5.John was teaching in America when Jane met him To Follow a Dream T T T F F


Part D 6. Jane loved John because he seemed to be better than any other man. 7. John joined Jane in her trip to Africa. 8. John was not at the airport when Jane arrived. 9. Jane decided to continue her journey when she didn't see John at the airport. 10. The best thing about the journey was that Jane had met the man of her dreams. T F F F F


To Follow a Dream Two years ago, Jane had a well-paid job, and an active social life. Everyone thought she had a comfortable life. But it wasn't the life that she had dreamed of as a teenager. At 35, she felt that life was passing her by. Then she decided to change things. She had always wanted to travel round the world, so she gave up her job and set off to follow her dream. The journey took her through Europe and Africa. And it was in a remote corner of Tanzania that she met John, an American who taught in a school there. John was like no other man that she had ever met, and she fell madly in love with him. After two romantic weeks together, Jane continued her journey to India, but then she decided to fly back to Africa. The plane landed. Jane walked out into the arrivals hall. She looked around, but John was not there. Jane became very nervous. Did they feel the same about each other? Had John received her letters? Should she have continued her journey? She was about to panic when she saw John walking towards her. Six months later, they were married. Now they live in London. Jane was very happy that she made that decision to follow her dream. But for that she wouldn't have met so many wonderful people, or seen so many interesting places. Most of all, she wouldn't have met the man of her dreams. Part D

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