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  1. Me and My Big Mouth 1-1 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement I. Read aloud Read aloud Read the following passage aloud, making a pause between sense groups. Audiovisual supplements Self-Reliance (Excerpt) Ralph Waldo Emerson I read the other day some verses written by an eminent painter/ which were original and not conventional./ The soul always hears an admonition in such lines,/ let the subject be what it may./ The sentiment they instill/ is of more value than any thought they may contain./ To believe your own thought,/ to believe that what is true for you in your private heart/ is true for all men,/ — that is genius./ Speak your latent conviction,/ and it shall be the universal sense;/ for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost,/ — and our first

  2. Me and My Big Mouth 1-2 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement thought is rendered back to us/ by the trumpets of the Last Judgment./ Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each,/ the highest merit we ascribe to Moses,/ Plato,/ and Milton/ is,/ that they set at naught books and traditions,/ and spoke not what men but what they thought./ A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light/ which flashes across his mind from within,/ more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages./ Yet he dismisses without notice his thought,/ because it is his./ In every work of genius/ we recognize our own rejected thoughts:/ they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty./ Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this./ They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression/ with good-humored inflexibility then most/ when the whole cry of voices is on the other side./ Else,/ tomorrow/ a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely/ what we have thought and felt all the time,/ and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another./ Read aloud Audiovisual supplements

  3. Me and My Big Mouth 1-2-1 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement II. Audiovisual supplements David Beckham’s World Cup Preparations Read aloud Audiovisual supplements Questions: 1. Why did one of the boys show his back to us? 2. Are you one of Beckham’s fans? If you are, in what way does he charm you? Answers for reference: 1. Because he wanted to show off Beckham’s signature on his back. 2. Reference words and phrases: the symbol of England’s World Cup ambitions his enthusiasm in his career — football playing be responsible for his fans and his family and some others who support him in his football career

  4. Me and My Big Mouth 1-2-2 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement BBC News David Beckham’s World Cup Preparations Read aloud Anna Ford: Daniela Relph: “We can win on Sunday against Sweden.” David Beckham had that positive message for England fans this morning just three days before their first World Cup match. And the captain revealed that among all the good luck messages the team’s received, is one from the Queen. Our sports correspondent Daniela Relph is with the England team in Japan, Daniela. Well Anna, David Beckham has become the symbol of England’s World Cup ambitions. When he was injured there was gloom, now he’s back, there is a real mood of optimism here. And as he spoke today the England captain seemed extremely at ease with himself, and more than ready for the task ahead. Audiovisual supplements

  5. Me and My Big Mouth 1-2-3 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Fans: Daniela Relph: David Beckham: Beckham! Beckham! There is one name dominating the headlines and just one man the local schoolchildren want to see. No other England player is under the same kind of pressure as the captain. The return of an injury-free David Beckham has lifted the whole squad. Today he admitted there were times that he thought his World Cup was over. And he spoke of the two months of anguish he’d suffered over his injured foot. There’s been, obviously, a lot of hype around it. I’ve had a lot of well-wishes, from you know, from family, friends, up to the Queen, which has been nice. But, no, it’s, it’s been good. You know, it’s, it’s been hard at times. Because you know, I wanted to be fit so badly. And it’s just finally, this last week, it’s all come together. Readaloud Audiovisual supplements

  6. Me and My Big Mouth 1-2-4 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Daniela Relph: David Beckham: Few players can rival Beckham in popularity here in Japan. The lucky children who got an autograph were the envy of their friends and keen to show it off. The England captain now takes the adulation in his stride. I’m a grounded person. You know, I’ve been brought up well by my mum and dad. And you know I have got a lovely wife behind me, and a son, and that’s, that’s the sort of things that keep your feet on the ground. You know, it’s, it’s hard because, you know, there are so many people looking at you and taking pictures, and you know, I’ve got used to it, you know, and at times, most of the time, you enjoy it. Read aloud Audiovisual supplements

  7. Me and My Big Mouth 1-2-1-1 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Read aloud Audiovisual supplements ■

  8. Me and My Big Mouth 2-1 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement I. Text analysis Text analysis The author tells of his frustrating experiences as a toupee model, his problems, progress and success in broadcasting. He has learned from his experiences that one’s success largely lies in the discovery of one’s real potential. Structural analysis Cultural background

  9. Me and My Big Mouth 2-2 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement II. Structural analysis Text analysis Paragraph 1 — reasons for his job transfer Structural analysis Cultural background Paragraphs 2 – 13 — his frustrating experience as a toupee model Paragraphs 14 – 27 — his problems, progress and success in broadcasting Paragraph 28 — comments on his successful career transition

  10. Me and My Big Mouth 2-3-1 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement III. Cultural background American Men Don’t Cry Text analysis American men don’t cry because it is considered not characteristic for men to do so. Only women cry. To cry is a characteristic “weakness” of the female, and no American male wants to be identified with anything in the least weakness or feminine. Crying, in American culture, is identified with childishness, with weakness and dependence. No one likes a crybaby, and Americans Structural analysis Cultural background disapprove of crying even among children, discouraging it in them as early as possible. On a land so devoted to the pursuit of happiness as theirs, crying is really un-American. Adults must learn not to cry in

  11. Me and My Big Mouth 2-3-2 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement situations in which it is permissible for a child to cry. Women, although being the “weaker” and “dependent” sex, it is only natural that they cry under certain emotive situations. For women, crying is excusable. But for men, crying is a mark of weakness. So it goes the American belief with regard to crying. Text analysis Structural analysis Cultural background

  12. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-S Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Me and My Big Mouth When my football-playing career ended, I had no idea how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. Fortunately for me, there is a fine tradition in this country that if you are a successful athlete or performer, people supposedly want to eat the same peanut butter that you do, drink the same beer, wear the same pants, etc. That’s how I got involved in the worst product endorsement I ever did. I am bald and I agreed to be the spokesman for a toupee company. The basic concept of the campaign was that if a he-man football player like Terry Bradshaw was not embarrassed to wear a toupee, no one else should be. To show potential customers how good I looked with hair, the company made and distributed to salons all over the country a plastic model of my head. These salons then stuck a toupee on the model and put it on the counter or in the front window.

  13. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text2-S Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement They made the mold for my head at a Holiday Inn near the Shreveport Regional Airport. I lay down on a bed while people stuck straws up my nose so I could breathe, and then covered my entire head with plaster. The plaster began drying too quickly, and they had trouble getting it off my head. In the meantime I was having difficulty breathing. There were lots of bad ways to die, but being suffocated by plaster while getting your head duplicated for a toupee display is high on the list. Eventually, they mass-produced my head, and it did look just like me. The toupee people were so proud of the plastic bust that they mailed one to my dad. The problem was I didn’t tell him it was coming.

  14. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text3-S Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement This big box arrived at my parents’ house, and my father opened it up. He was shocked to see me looking right back at him. “Novis,” he yelled to my mother, “you better get in here. They sent us Terry’s head in a box.” It bothered my mother so much that they put it back in the box and stored it in the attic. As another part of the deal, I filmed several toupee commercials. In one, I swam with a hairpiece on as an announcer said, “You, too, can have a full robust life with our toupee. Look how natural it looks.” Then I surfaced with what looked like road kill stuck to my head. Maybe the worst part of the deal was that I agreed to wear a toupee whenever I appeared in public. One day I was playing in a pro-am golf tournament on a hot afternoon. Sweat was pouring out from under the dense synthetic wig. Finally I just couldn’t take it anymore; I went behind a tree, ripped off the hairpiece and shoved it into my back pocket.

  15. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text4-S Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement What I didn’t realize was that I had cut my head when I took it off, so my scalp was bleeding. I spent the rest of the tournament walking around with blood running down my face and the hairpiece hanging out of my pocket like a squirrel’s tail. After that, for some reason, the company decided I was not a proper spokesman for their toupee and fired me. I had to hand in my hair. Once again I needed to find a way to make a living. Talking is what I can do best, and I like to make people smile. When I was playing, reporters like to interview me because I gave them good sound bites. Luckily, this had attracted the attention of TV network executives. One day my phone rang. A CBS executive asked, “Want $5,000 for just talking?” and that is how I got into the broadcasting business long term.

  16. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text5-S Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement When I signed with CBS, Terry O’Neil, the executive producer of CBS Sports, teamed me with veteran play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist. Verne was facing a big challenge; he had to teach me how to do my job before I destroyed his career. My first broadcast was a preseason game in San Diego between the Chargers and some other team. As a quarterback, the big picture had been the only thing that mattered to me, but as a broadcaster I soon learned it was the small frames that made up the big picture. I didn’t know the players and their assignments; I didn’t know when to talk and when to keep quiet. I didn’t know what to look at, how to describe what I was seeing. There was so much I didn’t know and I didn’t even know it.

  17. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text6-S Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement I would not describe my first game as a disaster, mostly because that would be understating how truly bad I was. For example, in about the middle of the first quarter it became obvious to me that in addition to a lack of knowledge and preparation, I had a serious problem. “Verne,” I said, “I can’t see a thing down there.” I had never watched a football game from that distance in my life. All I could see was a bunch of people with numbers I couldn’t read running around. “Really,” said Verne, amazingly calm, considering that the broadcasting partner he was depending on for insightful commentary had just announced he was basically useless. “We’ve got to get you binoculars for the next game.”

  18. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text7-S Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Gradually I got better. Very, very gradually. The first few games I was probably more nervous than at any time during my entire playing career. I would always bring two clean shirts with me, because I knew I was going to sweat through one of them. Maybe I was so nervous because I really cared. I worked hard. I wanted to be good, to please the viewers. And I needed that job. With a lot of help from Verne, I guess I did okay because CBS eventually offered me another job as co-host of “The NFL Today” with Greg Gumbel. I’d be the analyst. Before the first show I was extremely nervous. Then, minutes before we went on the air, a heavy boom microphone smacked me upside the head so hard it nearly knocked me out. I felt dizzy, sick to my stomach, and my ears rang.

  19. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text8-S Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement In a strange way, that hit in the head relaxed me. Being in the studio was brand-new to me, but I could relate it to a pain in my head. During my playing career, there had been many games when I had to play hurt, but as one reporter wrote, this was the first time I had to talk hurt. Fortunately all went well. Since then I’ve gone from CBS to Fox, and have made the transition from football player to football entertainer. My role on TV is not to be serious. People do not want to hear me speak football, things like “That’s the old sixty-six inside release.” They expect to hear me say things like “The Giants are having a bad offensive day, and they’ve got to make some changes. It’s like when I went fishing with my dad last week and we were catching a lot of fish and all of a sudden we couldn’t catch mud. ”

  20. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text9-S Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement “Then my daddy said to me, ‘Son, either these fish got real bright all of a sudden or they are not interested in these lures. We got to change lures.’ When the defensive isn’t biting, you’ve got to change your offensive at half-time. You got to change lures.” For a man who thought his best talent was throwing an inflated ellipsoid a long way, I’ve been fortunate in my career. In the end I discovered my real talent — just being myself. 1,373 words

  21. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-W Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Me and My Big Mouth When my football-playing career ended, I had no idea how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. Fortunately for me, there is a fine tradition in this country that if you are a successful athlete or performer, people supposedly want to eat the same peanut butter that you do, drink the same beer, wear the same pants, etc. That’s how I got involved in the worst product endorsement I ever did. I am bald and I agreed to be the spokesman for a toupee company. The basic concept of the campaign was that if a he-man football player like Terry Bradshaw was not embarrassed to wear a toupee, no one else should be. To show potential customers how good I looked with hair, the company made and distributed to salons all over the country a plastic model of my head. These salons then stuck a toupee on the model and put it on the counter or in the front window.

  22. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text2-W Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement They made the mold for my head at a Holiday Inn near the Shreveport Regional Airport. I lay down on a bed while people stuck straws up my nose so I could breathe, and then covered my entire head with plaster. The plaster began drying too quickly, and they had trouble getting it off my head. In the meantime I was having difficulty breathing. There were lots of bad ways to die, but being suffocated by plaster while getting your head duplicated for a toupee display is high on the list. Eventually, they mass-produced my head, and it did look just like me. The toupee people were so proud of the plastic bust that they mailed one to my dad. The problem was I didn’t tell him it was coming.

  23. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text3-W Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement This big box arrived at my parents’ house, and my father opened it up. He was shocked to see me looking right back at him. “Novis,” he yelled to my mother, “you better get in here. They sent us Terry’s head in a box.” It bothered my mother so much that they put it back in the box and stored it in the attic. As another part of the deal, I filmed several toupee commercials. In one, I swam with a hairpiece on as an announcer said, “You, too, can have a full robust life with our toupee. Look how natural it looks.” Then I surfaced with what looked like road kill stuck to my head. Maybe the worst part of the deal was that I agreed to wear a toupee whenever I appeared in public. One day I was playing in a pro-am golf tournament on a hot afternoon. Sweat was pouring out from under the dense synthetic wig. Finally I just couldn’t take it anymore; I went behind a tree, ripped off the hairpiece and shoved it into my back pocket.

  24. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text4-W Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement What I didn’t realize was that I had cut my head when I took it off, so my scalp was bleeding. I spent the rest of the tournament walking around with blood running down my face and the hairpiece hanging out of my pocket like a squirrel’s tail. After that, for some reason, the company decided I was not a proper spokesman for their toupee and fired me. I had to hand in my hair. Once again I needed to find a way to make a living. Talking is what I can do best, and I like to make people smile. When I was playing, reporters like to interview me because I gave them good sound bites . Luckily, this had attracted the attention of TV network executives. One day my phone rang. A CBS executive asked, “Want $5,000 for just talking?” and that is how I got into the broadcasting business long term.

  25. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text5-W Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement When I signed with CBS, Terry O’Neil, the executive producer of CBS Sports, teamed me with veteran play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist. Verne was facing a big challenge; he had to teach me how to do my job before I destroyed his career. My first broadcast was a preseason game in San Diego between the Chargers and some other team. As a quarterback, the big picture had been the only thing that mattered to me, but as a broadcaster I soon learned it was the small frames that made up the big picture. I didn’t know the players and their assignments; I didn’t know when to talk and when to keep quiet. I didn’t know what to look at, how to describe what I was seeing. There was so much I didn’t know and I didn’t even know it.

  26. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text6-W Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement I would not describe my first game as a disaster, mostly because that would be understating how truly bad I was. For example, in about the middle of the first quarter it became obvious to me that in addition to a lack of knowledge and preparation, I had a serious problem. “Verne,” I said, “I can’t see a thing down there.” I had never watched a football game from that distance in my life. All I could see was a bunch of people with numbers I couldn’t read running around. “Really,” said Verne, amazingly calm, considering that the broadcasting partner he was depending on for insightful commentary had just announced he was basically useless. “We’ve got to get you binoculars for the next game.”

  27. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text7-W Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Gradually I got better. Very, very gradually. The first few games I was probably more nervous than at any time during my entire playing career. I would always bring two clean shirts with me, because I knew I was going to sweat through one of them. Maybe I was so nervous because I really cared. I worked hard. I wanted to be good, to please the viewers. And I needed that job. With a lot of help from Verne, I guess I did okay because CBS eventually offered me another job as co-host of “The NFL Today” with Greg Gumbel. I’d be the analyst. Before the first show I was extremely nervous. Then, minutes before we went on the air, a heavy boom microphone smacked me upside the head so hard it nearly knocked me out. I felt dizzy, sick to my stomach, and my ears rang.

  28. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text8-W Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement In a strange way, that hit in the head relaxed me. Being in the studio was brand-new to me, but I could relate it to a pain in my head. During my playing career, there had been many games when I had to play hurt, but as one reporter wrote, this was the first time I had to talk hurt. Fortunately all went well. Since then I’ve gone from CBS to Fox, and have made the transition from football player to football entertainer. My role on TV is not to be serious. People do not want to hear me speak football, things like “That’s the old sixty-six inside release.” They expect to hear me say things like “The Giants are having a bad offensive day, and they’ve got to make some changes. It’s like when I went fishing with my dad last week and we were catching a lot of fish and all of a sudden we couldn’t catch mud. ”

  29. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text9-W Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement “Then my daddy said to me, ‘Son, either these fish got real bright all of a sudden or they are not interested in these lures. We got to change lures.’ When the defensive isn’t biting, you’ve got to change your offensive at half-time. You got to change lures.” For a man who thought his best talent was throwing an inflated ellipsoid a long way, I’ve been fortunate in my career. In the end I discovered my real talent — just being myself. 1,373 words

  30. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-S-1 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Fortunately for me, there is a fine tradition in this country that if you are a successful athlete or performer, people supposedly want to eat the same peanut butter that you do, drink the same beer, wear the same pants, etc. 令我感到幸运的是,在我们国家有一个很好的传统。那就 是,如果你是一位成功的体育健将或者杰出的艺人,人们往 往会模仿你的饮食习惯以及穿着打扮。 Explanation: The expression “fine tradition” here refers to people’s social value. Terry Bradshaw lives in a society that worships idols. Successful people, such as sports champions, pop singers and movie stars, receive focal attention of the society. It is common practice to follow their life styles. People try to imitate them, such as wearing the same brand of jeans, having the same hair style, etc. In this way they feel they are more or less accepted as successful people too.

  31. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-S-2 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement I am bald and I agreed to be the spokesman for a toupee company. Paraphrase: I am bald and I agreed to accept the job as a wig-model for the toupee company. 我本来就秃顶,所以也就同意了为一家假发公司做形象代言人。

  32. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text2-S-3 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement There were lots of bad ways to die, but being suffocated by plaster while getting your head duplicated for a toupee display is high on the list. 糟糕的死亡方式很多,但被一个完全仿造自己头部制作的塑料模型窒息而死则是最糟糕的。 Paraphrase: 1) … while getting your head duplicated ...: while an exact copy of your head is being made. 2) … is high on the list: is near the top of the list. Here it means that “being suffocated by plaster while getting your head duplicated for a toupee display” was one of the worst ways to die.

  33. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text3-S_4 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Then I surfaced with what looked like road kill stuck to my head. Explanation: “road kill” refers to whatever animals killed on roads. The sentence means that the toupee he was wearing looked extremely unnatural, just like a dead animal killed by a car stuck to his bald head. 于是我戴上了那个假发套。发套制作得极不自然,像一只在马路上被车撞死的动物一样粘在我的头上。

  34. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text4-S_5 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement When I was playing, reporters like to interview me because I gave them good sound bites. Explanation: Sound bite refers to a very brief broadcast statement, as by a politician during a news report. 当我还是球员时,记者们就因为我在广播里的精彩发言而乐意采访我。

  35. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text5-S_6 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement As a quarterback, the big picture had been the only thing that mattered to me, but as a broadcaster I soon learned it was the small frames that made up the big picture. Paraphrase: When I was a quarterback I only cared about the winning of the games I played, while as a broadcaster I had to present a detailed account of what is going on in the field to the audience, which are the actions and moments that make up the whole view of the game. Explanation: “Quarterback” is a position for a football player. It is an offensive back who stands directly behind the center in a football match. In a football game, the quarterback calls on offense. Figuratively, a quarterback refers to a person who directs any group or activity. Here the expression “the small frames” refers to a series of actions taking place at particular moments (i.e. details) during a game. “The big picture” refers to the general situation of the game (i.e. whether the team is winning or losing).

  36. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text6-S_7 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement We’ve got to get you binoculars for the next game. Explanation: Verne intentionally took what Terry said at face value. Note a touch of humor here. 下场我们一定会给你准备一副望远镜。

  37. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text9-S_8 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement For a man who thought his best talent was throwing an inflated ellipsoid a long way, I’ve been fortunate in my career. In the end I discovered my real talent—just being myself. Paraphrase: I thought my only talent was playing American football. (Of course, it was one of my best talents.) But now I realize that my real talent lies in how to make the best use of my potential (“Talking is what I can do best, and I like to make people smile”) and adapt myself to the changed situation. Explanation: “Inflated ellipsoid” is a substitute term for American football with the shape of an ellipsoid that is inflated with air.

  38. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-W- involve1 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement involve v. 1) to engage as a participant 2) to contain as a part; to include e.g. He involved the bystanders in his dispute with the police. e.g. This lesson involves a lot of work. Collocation: 1) be involved in 2) be involved with 3) become involved in 4) get involved with

  39. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-W- involve2 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Practice: Translate the following sentences into English: 1) 他陷入了不幸。 2) 所有的孩子都参加了学校组织的戏剧演出。 He has been involved in disaster. All the children were involved in the school play.

  40. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-W- endorsement1 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement endorsement n. expressing one’s approval or support, especially publicly e.g. I got involved in the worst product endorsement. Derivation: endorse v. e.g. endorse one’s opinions The application was endorsed by the governors’ board.

  41. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-W- endorsement2 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Practice: • Translate the following sentences into English: • 1) 这名运动员为产品代言,得到高额报酬。 • 2) 候选者们力争联盟的支持。 The athlete was highly paid to do endorsements of products. The candidates competed for the union’s endorsement.

  42. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-W- toupee Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement toupee n. • a piece of patch or false hair for covering a bald spot • a man’s wig Practice: Translate the following sentences into English: 1) 他不得不戴假发来遮掩住他的秃顶。 2) 我同意当一家男士假发公司的代言人。 He has to wear a toupee to cover his bald spot. I agreed to be the spokesman for a toupee company.

  43. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-W- embarrass1 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement embarrass vt. • to cause sb. to feel self-conscious or ill at ease; to disconcert • 2) to involve in or hamper with financial difficulties • 3) to hinder with obstacles or difficulties; to impede e.g. Meeting adults embarrassed the shy child. e.g. He was embarrassed by debts. e.g. Embarrassed by his heavy luggage, he could not walk fast. Derivation: embarrassment n. embarrassedly adv. embarrassingly adv.

  44. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-W- embarrass2 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Comparison: abash; discomfit; disconcert abash: to make ashamed or uneasy discomfit: to thwart the plans of; to frustrate disconcert: to upset the self-possession of; to ruffle Practice: Choose the proper word to fill in each of the following blanks. 1) I was by their compliments. 2) I stood at his rebuke. 3) He was by the unexpected questions. 4) Forgetting his speech the speaker. ___________ embarrassed _______ abashed __________ discomfited ___________ disconcerted

  45. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-W- potential1 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement potential customer Paraphrase: a person who may become a customer in the future potential • 1) adj. possible when the necessary conditions exist • 2) n. someone’s or something’s ability to develop, achieve or succeed e.g. A number of potential buyers have expressed interest in the company. Many potential customers are waiting for a fall in prices before buying. e.g. The region has enormous potential for economic development. I don’t feel I’m achieving my full potential in my present job.

  46. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-W- potential2 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Derivation: potentially adv. Practice: Translate the following sentences into English: 1) 每粒种子都可能长成植物。 2) 在那台机器中有很多潜在的问题。 3) 你要在本职工作中发挥你的潜力。 Every seed is a potential plant. There are many potential problems in that machine. You should work out your potential in your present work.

  47. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-W-distribute1 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement distribute v. • to divide or dispense in portions • 2) to deliver or pass out • 3) to spread or diffuse over an area; to scatter • 4) to apportion so as to evenly spread throughout a given area e.g. In the 19th century the government distributed land to settlers willing to cultivate it. e.g. distribute handbills on the street e.g. distribute grass seeds over the lawn e.g. 180 pounds of muscle that were well distributed over his 6-foot frame Collocation: 1) distribute ... over ... 2) distribute sth. to / among sb

  48. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text1-W-distribute2 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Practice: Translate the following sentences into English: 1) 农民们正在田间播种。 2) 请把书分发给学生。 The farmers are distributing seeds over the field. Please distribute the books to the students.

  49. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text2-W- suffocate1 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement suffocate vt .& vi. 1) to kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen 2) to cause discomfort by or as if by cutting off the supply of fresh air e.g. He was suffocated by plaster at last. e.g. It was red-hot and all the windows were closed—she felt as though she was going to suffocate. Collocation: be suffocated by/with sth.

  50. Me and My Big Mouth 3.text2-W- suffocate2 Section One: Pre-reading Activities Section Two: Global Reading Section Three: Detailed Reading Section Four: Consolidation Activities Section Five: Further Enhancement Practice: Translate the following sentences into English: 1) 听到好消息,他兴奋得透不过气来。 2) 此地死板教条、拘泥形式,把她压得喘不过气来。 Hearing the good news, he was suffocated with excitement. The rigid formality of the place suffocated her.