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1Unit 11 The Future of the English By J. B. Priestley Lecturer: Meng Fanyan
2Teaching Aims1)Improving students’ ability to read between lines and understand the text properly;2) Cultivating students’ ability to make a creative reading;3)Enhancing students’ ability to appreciate the text from different perspectives;4)Helping students to understand some difficult words and expressions;5)Helping students to understanding rhetorical devices;6) Encouraging students to voice their own viewpoint fluently and accurately .
3Teaching Contents 1. Background Knowledge 2. Exposition and Argument 3. Detailed Study of The Essay4. Organization Pattern5. Style and Language Features
4Time allocation 1. Background knowledge (15 min.) 2. Detailed study of the text (180 min.)3. Structure analysis (15 min.)4. Language appreciation (15 min.)5. Free talk (30 min)
5I. Background Knowledge J. B. Priestley: Background Knowledge About the Author and His Works 1) A brief introduction to the author, Priestley: 2) Admass The whole system of an increasing productivity, plus inflation, plus a rising standard of material living, plus high-pressure advertising and salesmanship, plus mass communications, plus cultural democracy and the creation of the mass mind, the mass man the part of society that can be influenced by advertising or publicity
7J. B. Priestley John Boynton Priestley --- born in Bradford, England, in 1894--- died in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1984
8J. B. Priestley --- British journalist --- novelist --- playwright --- essayistPriestley's output was vast and varied - he wrote over one hundred novels, plays, and essays.
9J. B. Priestley His best-known play: An Inspector Calls (1946) his novels:The Good Companions (1929)Angel Pavement (1930)established him as a successful popular novelist.
10J. B. Priestley Other novels: They Walk in the City (1936) The Doomday Men (1938)Let the People Sing (1939)Festival at Farbridge (1951)
11J. B. Priestley--- more successfully than any other novelist in the first half of the 20th century--- thoughts and feelings of the ordinary Englishman--- a being whose character he outlines with vigor and good humor
12II. Introduction to the Passage 1. Type of literature:part exposition and part persuasion or argument
13II. Introduction to the Passage Exposition is an explanation of facts which something is done, to make other people understand.Argument is an attempt to lead other people to believe our opinion and induce them to adopt this opinion as their own.
14For further information, connect to http://homepages. iol Difference between exposition and argument Difference between persuasion and argument Honest persuasion and dishonest persuasion Formal argument and informal argument
15II. Introduction to the Passage 2. The thesis:stated in the title of the essayThe future of the English
16II. Introduction to the Passage The writer is trying to explain the future of the English people but he doesn’t really state what that future is going to be.
17II. Introduction to the Passage The future depends on the outcome of the struggle between their Englishness and Admass.--- the workers and union bosses--- the men and women in the professional class--- the young--- political leaders--- Englishness
18II. Introduction to the Passage 3. The structural organization of this essay:--- loose--- informal--- illogical--- emotional
19II. Introduction to the Passage The central topic: The English are different---Instinctive feeling and not rational thought--- not at home in the contemporary world--- deeply suspicious of change for change’s sake--- feel bored and enjoy dramatic change--- sense of community--- imaginative people
20II. Introduction to the Passage --- P.4, 5 or 6 points of the argument around the central topic--- insufficient evidence to support the writer’s position, and his reasoning on some points not logically sound--- a quite informal piece of argument which appeals more to the emotion of his English readers
21Detailed Study of The Essay 1. The dominant intention or the controversial topic of his argument is stated early in paragraph one in one unambiguous sentence: “ The English are different”. 1) It is instinctive feeling and not rational thought that shapes and colours actual events in England. “ Englishness again”
22— an inserted elliptical phrase standing for perhaps: This shows their Englishness again. “Below the noisy arguments, the abuse and the quarrels, there is a reservoir of instinctive fellow – feeling” — The English people may hotly argue and abuse and quarrel with each other but there still exists a lot of natural sympathetic feeling for each other. “Some cancer in their character has eaten away their Englishness” figure of speech:___________. Compare ________ to _______.
232) The English do not feel at home in the contemporary world, representing the accelerated development of our whole age. They are suspicious of largeness, severe efficiency and admass. “ Along with the demand for bigness goes a demand for severe efficiency, often quite rational but not reasonable, therefore alien to Englishness.” — Along with the demand for bigness, there is also a demand for strict and demanding efficiency. This is often the product of cold logical thinking but not sensible. Therefore it is opposed or repugnant to Englishness.
243) The English are also deeply suspicious of change for change’s sake 3) The English are also deeply suspicious of change for change’s sake. 4) The English can soon feel bored and that’s why they gamble and booze so much and enjoy any dramatic change in public life. 5) The English have a sense of community, decent fellow feeling, fairness. 6) The English are at heart and at root an imaginative people immediately responsive to any suggestion of drama in their lives.
252. The Future of the English hangs on 1) The final result of a battle between Admass and Englishness. The striking contrast between admass and Englishness to show how inevitable the battle is.
26Admass1.Already conquered most of the western world 2.receive vast subsidies of dollars, francs, Deutschmarks and the rest for public relations and advertising campaigns 3.offers more and more things for more and more money ,creates the so-called “Good Life” 4.operates in the outer visible world 5.a poster in full colour
27Englishness1.ailing and impoverished 2.in no position to receive vast subsidies of dollars, francs, Deutschmarks and the rest for public relations and advertising campaigns 3.offers states of mind in place of that rich variety of thins 4.belong to the invisible inner world 5.a poor shadowy show, a faint pencil sketch
28“ Against this, at least superficially, Englishness seems a poor shadowy show — a faint pencil sketch beside a poster in full colour …” Shadowy show: ____________. The conflict between Admass and Englishness.
29Admass: What is central to Admass is the production and consumption of goods. Dissatisfaction is embedded in Admass Ruthless competitiveness Take man only as a producer and consumer Dependence upon dissatisfaction, greed and envy
30Englishness: With its relation to the unconscious Dependence upon instinct and intuition Adherence to the past and deep long roots Not hostile to change and deeply suspicious of change for change’s sake Rejecting being committed to some inevitable mechanical progress
31While Englishness can still fight on, Admass could be winning While Englishness can still fight on, Admass could be winning. Reason: Not all the English hold fast to Englishness Some important and influential men carefully train themselves out of it A horde of others, shallow and foolish, wander away form it The spirits of age is working for Admass Most of what we read and what we hear is working for Admass Inflation proved that we need more and not less Admass
322) The Future of the English rests upon the decision made by English workers together with the people on the management side who will have to put an end to the conflict between Admass and Englishness. 3) The Future of the English hangs upon men and women who are strong-minded enough to hold the Englishness and reject Admass
334) The Future of the English depends upon the quieter young, who under the influence of one or two of those professional men and women, far-sighted enough to think what life would be like in the future.5) The Future of the English can not depends on the SLOOPY PEOPLE
343. Boredom is a MENACE. Heavily industrially society ↓ offer boring work shatter slow rhythms, crowd and excite people bytraditional skills, closely knit promises that cannot be keptcommunities of rural societiesboredomidiot vandalism, frustration, ferocious robbery with violence, vicious criminality
354. English is still with us 4. English is still with us. But it needs reinforcement, extra nourishment. 1) On a hidden level, there remains of a characteristically English sense of community, decent fellow feeling, fairness. 2) Englishness cannot be fed with the east wind of a narrow rationality, the latest figures of profit and loss, a constant appeal to self-interest.
363) English are at heart and at root an imaginative people immediately responsive to any suggestion of drama in their lives. Question: “And this is true, whether they are wearing bowler hats or ungovernable mops of hair.” The rhetorical device used in this sentence is __________. “bowler hats” is standing for ___________. “ungovernable mops of hair” is standing for ___________.
375. The writer’s voice To face the future properly they need both a direction and a great lift of the heart. A rather poorer and harder way of life will not defeat them so long as it is not harder and poorer in spirit, so long as it still refuses to reject Englishness- for so many centuries the secret of the islanders oddity and irrationality, their many weaknesses, their creative strength.
38Oral Practice: Talking about the following questions 1) Are there any special characteristics in Priestly’s diction? Pick out some words and idioms that you think are peculiar to British English. 2)What is the dominant intention of this piece of argument? The proposition clearly stated? 3)What conflicts or issues are put forward in this argument? Are all the conflicts resolved?
394)Does Priestly provide sufficient evidence to support his position 4)Does Priestly provide sufficient evidence to support his position? 5)Is this reasoning sound? Are there any logical fallacies in his argument? 6)How does the writer make use of emotional appeals? Cite some examples. 7)Which paragraph do you like best? Give your reasons.
40Organization Pattern1) The thesis stated in the title of the essay 2) The structural organization of this essay: loose 3) A quite informal piece of argument which appeals more to the emotion of his English readers 4) Weakness: insufficient evidence to support the writer’s position, and his reasoning on some points not logically sound
41Style and Language Features 1) Smooth and polished 2) Readable and informal 3) It is the instinctive and intuitive feelings not rational reasoning that shape and colors the style of the essay. 4) Use of various rhetorical devicesConnect to get specific information on rhetorical devices
42Words and expressionsCosmopolitan – representative of all or many parts of the worldn. 四海为家的人, 世界主义者adj. 世界性的,全球(各地)的cosmopolitanismn. 世界大同主义, 四海一家cosmopolitanizev.使大同化, 使国际化
43Words and expressions English adj. 英文的, 英国人的, 英格兰的 n. 英国人, 英语 Englishern.英国人,将另一种文字译成英文者,英语译者Englishism n. 英国风格, 英语语法, 英国精神Englishize vt. 英国化Englishness n.英国风格, 英国人作风
44Words and expressions neo-[ni:EJ] 表示“新, 新近”之义 Neo-Darwinism n. 新达尔文主义 Neo-Nazism新纳粹主义Fascist法西斯主义的, 法西斯主义者的, 法西斯主义者
45Words and expressionsscuffle[5skQfl]v. 混战n. 混战 fist fights
47Words and expressionsA reservoir of instinctive fellow-feeling
48Words and expressions snarl vt. 使缠结, 搞乱, 咆哮着说 n. 咆哮, 吼叫, 怒骂, 缠结, 混乱 snarlinglyadv. 咆哮着,怒吼着
49Words and expressions A reservoir of instinctive fellow-feeling--- There still exists a lot of natural sympathetic feeling for each other
50Words and expressions On the board or the shop floor--- Governing board of a factory and workshopThere are not many snarling shop stewards in the workshop, nor are there many cruel wealthy employers on the board of managers
51Words and expressions From lago: “Put money in thy purse.”--- To get rich, to have a lot of moneyIago: the villain in Shakeespeare’s Otthello
52Words and expressions Admass n. 易受大众传媒影响的群众 A system of commercial marketing that attempts to influence great masses of consumers by mass-media advertising
53Words and expressionsThe future of the English hangs upon the final result of a battle between Admass and Englishness.
54Words and expressions Admass --- more and more material things --- money--- good life--- in the outer visible world--- conquered most of the Western world
55Words and expressions Englishness --- states of mind --- instinct and intuition--- the invisible inner world--- links with the past--- deep long roots
56Words and expressionsTo keep clear of---Avoid, refrain from
57Words and expressions Time-and-motion studies--- An investigation of the motion performed and time taken in industrial work with a view to increase production
58Words and expressionsTo its credit---To be proud of itself
59Words and expressions shrug n. 耸肩 v. 耸肩 shrug off
60Words and expressions Sweat one’s guts out--- To work extremely hard Prodictivity-per-man-hour---Productivity of a man in an hourCaper---A wild, foolish action
61Words and expressions It is all a racket anyhow--- In any case all this is but a dishonest scheme.
62Words and expressions bicker[5bikE] vi.斗嘴, 流动, 闪动 n. 口角, 流水声 bickering 争吵[论]
63Words and expressions anomalous[E5nCmElEs] adj. 不规则的, 反常的 anomalistic anomalismn.变态,反常,畸形物anomalyn.s不规则, 异常的人或物
65Words and expressionsIn the van---The foremost position in a line.
66Words and expressions hippopotamus[7hipE5pCtEmEs] n.河马 Like a hippopotamus blundering in and out of a pets’ tea party---Simile. At present they only create disorder and confusion like a hippopotamus going in and out of a tea party held by small tamed animals.
67Words and expressions American counterculture--- The culture of many young people of the 1960’s in America manifested by a life style that is opposed to the prevailing culture.
80Special Difficulties1. Identifying and understanding British English in this essay--to take a whip to--whole troublesome mob of them--cosy--safe to say--along the way--shrug off--nudge
81Special Difficulties 2. Understanding some colloquialism --swing --junk--Victorian
82Special Difficulties3. Paraphrasing some sentences
83Special Difficulties4. Identifying figures of speech
84Special Difficulties 5. Understanding some important terms --American counterculture--Madison Avenue--Hippy California--Hippie--road to Katmandu
85Special Difficulties --Englishness --state of mind --industrial action --do-it-yourself--repertory company--Common Market
86V. Questions1.What role, according to Priestley, does instinctive feeling play in the behavior of an Englishman?2. How, according to the writer, are the real English people different?
87V. Questions3. What is the dominant intention of this piece of argument? Is the proposition clearly stated?4. How does the writer make use of emotional appeals? Cite some examples.5. What conflicts or issues are put forward in this argument? Are all the conflicts resolved?