外研初中二年級下冊 Module 8 Public holidays Unit 1 It’s the last day before the new school year begins. National Day Labour Day Children’s Day Teachers’ Day Christmas Day Mid-autumn Day QingMing Festival \ Tomb-sweeping Day Free talk 1. When is Labor Day in our country? The first day in May. 2. How long do we Chinese celebrate Labor Day? About 3 days. 3. Do you know the National Holidays(國家的假 日) well? What are they? Spring Festival, May Day, Mid-autumn Day… Complete the passage with the words and expressions in the box. celebrate date as soon as national picnic season special vacation day off go camping Labour / May Day is a n_a_t_i_o_n_a_l_ holiday. People all over the world _c_e_le_b_r_a_t_e_ this holiday. But it’s not on the same _d__a_te_. In China, May Day is on 1st May, people have 3 d__a_y_s _o_ff_. And students go back to school _a_s _s_o_o_n_ a_s_ the May Day holiday is over. In the UK, it’s the on the closest Monday to 1st May. In the USA, it’s on the first Monday in September. And people usually do something s_p_e_c_i_a_l, for example, they _g_o_ c_a_m__p_i_n_g_ or have a _p_i_cn__ic_ somewhere nice. But it’s also the end of the v_a_c_a_t_i_o_n_ s_e_a_s_o_n_. 1. What holiday is it? It’s National Day of China. 2. What’s the date? It’s on 1st October. 3. How do the Chinese people celebrate that day? The ceremony(儀式) of raising the national flag. Raise the red lanterns. （掛紅燈籠） Set off fireworks.（放煙花） People sing songs for praising （贊揚）our own country. People take a vacation on that day. … Do you know anything about American National Day? Raising the national flag Have a picnic. Play music. Take a vacation. New words celebrate 慶祝 labour 勞動 season 季節 vacation 假期，休假 while 當……時候 Labour Day 勞動節 as soon as 一……就…… 1 Look at the photo. Do you know what public holiday it is? Listen and check. It’s Independence Day / American national holiday. Independence Day Independence Day is on _4_th_ _J_u_l_y. Most of the shops and offices are _c_lo_s_e_d_. People don’t go to w__o_r_k_. Everyone takes a _v_o_c_a_ti_o_n_ on that day. There are American _f_la_g_s_ everywhere and bands play m__u_s_i_c, and we usually have a _p_ic_n_i_c_. Typescript: Lingling: Betty, Can you tell me about Independence Day? What date is it? Betty: Well, it’s on 4th July, and it’s our national day. Americans celebrate the day when the USA became a different country from Britain. Lingling: So the UK and the USA used to be one country? Betty: That’s right, until 1776. It’s a very special day for all Americans. It’s also a public holiday. Lingling: What does that mean? Betty: It means everyone takes a vacation on that day. Most of the shops and offices are closed. It’s also the start of the vacation season. Most people take a vacation from July to the beginning of September. Lingling: And how do you celebrate it? Betty: Well, there are American flags everywhere, and bands play music, and we usually have a picnic in the countryside. 2 Listen again and answer the questions. Use the words in the box to help you. celebrate date Labour Day national picnic season special vacation 1. When is Independence Day? It’s 4th July. 2. What is a public holiday? On a public holiday, offices are closed and people don’t go to work. 3. When do most people take a vacation? From July to the beginning of September. 4. How do Americans celebrate Independence Day? They put out flags, listen to bands, and have a picnic in the countryside. We have known independence Day of USA. Do you want to know Labour Day of USA or UK? This dialogue is about Tony, Daming, Betty and Lingling. They are talking about Labour Day. 3 Now listen and read. Listen and answer 1. Does Tony has any plans for the May Day holiday? 2. Where are they going? Read and check the true sentences. √ 1. Tony is from the UK and Betty is from the USA. × 2. People in the UK don’t celebrate May Day. × 3. In the USA, they start classes before Labour Day. × 4. The weather gets cooler after the May Day holiday in China. 4 Listen and read the conversation then complete the table. UK USA China Date of May the closest the first Day / Labour Monday to Monday in 1st May Day May 1st September Length of seven holiday one day one day days 5 Choose the best answer. 1. Lingling and Sally will leave Qingdao on May _ _c___. a) 1st b) 3rd c) 5th 2. The Americans celebrate Labour Day _ _c__ May Day in China.