Sichuan Earthquake 四川地震
Sichuan Earthquake 四川地震 China Mourns Victims of the Sichuan Earthquake 中国为震灾遇难者哀悼 Read the text below and do the activity that follows. 阅读下面的短文，然后完成练习: Flags are flying at half-mast across China. China is coming to the end of an official period of mourning for those who died in last week’s earthquake. For three days, there have been no entertainment events and the government has suspended the Olympic torch relay. Chinese officials have said that the death toll from the catastrophe has now risen to over 41,000. Over 230,000 people were injured. Along with the many accounts of suffering and loss, there have been a few amazing stories of survival. Chinese news reported today that a woman in Hongbai has been rescued after being trapped in a tunnel for nine days. She has been taken to hospital and is expected to survive. However, hopes are quickly fading for those who remain trapped. According to the State Council over 32,000 people are missing in the quake area. The rescue workers’ attention is now turning towards the recovery of bodies from the rubble and providing food, shelter and drinking water for the survivors. But the relief operation has been hampered by a series of aftershocks, the strongest measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale. Chinese news reports say that mudslides have buried 200 relief workers in the past four days. There are also reports that thousands of residents have been evacuated from an area in Qingchuan county where large cracks have appeared in the top of a mountain. On Monday, tens of thousands of people rushed from their homes after the government warned of a possible major aftershock. They slept on the streets or drove to open ground. Persistent rain is compounding the misery for the homeless. The foreign ministry has appealed to the international community to provide tents for the five million people who have lost their homes. Yesterday, Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to send 250,000 temporary housing units to the region by the end of June, and one million within three months. 2
Glossary 词汇表 half-mast – 降半旗 suspended – 暂停 catastrophe – （突如其来的）大灾难 hopes are quickly fading – 希望渺 茫 rubble -碎石，碎砖 hampered – （受到）阻碍 Richter scale – 里氏震级 evacuated – 疏散 persistent – 持续的 appealed – 求助 mourning – 哀悼 death toll – 死亡人数 accounts - （个人）陈述，解释 recovery of bodies– 找回（遇难者） 尸体 relief operation – 营救行动 aftershocks – 余震 mudslides – 泥流 open ground – 开阔地，露天地 compounding – （因进一步伤害）使 （坏事）更坏 pledged -承诺，给予（援助）
1. Reading Quiz 阅读测验 Are these sentences true or false? Circle the correct answer. 以下句子哪句是真?哪句是假？请圈出正确答案。 1. China has not been flying flags during its period of mourning. True / False 2. One woman was rescued after being buried for over a week. True / False 4. Relief workers are beginning to focus on rescuing those still trapped. True / False 3. On Monday many people slept away from their homes because they were worried about a possible aftershock. True / False 5. Wen Jiabao has promised to send a million temporary housing units by the end of June. True / False
2. Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives 1 动词, 名词和形容词 1 Fill in the table below putting the verbs, nouns and adjectives in the right columns. The first one has been done for you. 请把以下词汇按照其各自词性分类。我们用 ‘mourning’ 这个形容词举了例子。 Verbs Nouns mourning Adjectives
to hamper persistent
3. Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives 2 动词, 名词和形容词 2 Complete the sentences below with the verbs, nouns and adjectives from Exercise 2. 请用练习2 中的动词, 名词和形容词来完成以下句子。 1. He keeps asking me to join his company. I’ve said ‘no’ but he’s very ____________.
2. Her husband died last month and she still hasn’t returned to work. She’s still in ___________.
3. Have you seen Chris’s new phone? You can watch TV on it – it’s really __________!
4. Their boss decided to ___________ the scheme while the complaints were investigated.
5. Bad weather _________ the rescue operation.
6. When a member of the royal family dies, flags in the UK are flown at ___________.
4. Writing activity 写作练习 Rewrite each of the sentences using one of the words or phrases in the box below. 请从给出的单词中选择合适的一个来改写以下句子。 mourning hampered catastrophe evacuated rubble appealed open ground pledged
1. Bad weather made the rescue more difficult. 2. They brought in bulldozers to clear the fallen remains of a building. 3. She heard about the disaster on the radio. 4. They were taken away from the town because people were worried about aftershocks. 5. The police chief promised to find the criminals. 6. The police chief asked the public to give them any information they had. 7. Today the town stops to remember those who died. 8. Don’t fly kites in the city centre – find somewhere where there are no buildings.
1. Reading Quiz 阅读测验 1. China has not been flying flags during its period of mourning. False 2. One woman was rescued after being buried for over a week. True 4. Relief workers are beginning to focus on rescuing those still trapped. False 3. On Monday many people slept outside because they were worried about a possible aftershock. True 5. Wen Jiabao has promised to send a million temporary housing units by the end of August. False 2. Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives 1动词, 名词和形容词 1 Verbs to suspend to hamper Nouns half-mast mourning aftershock catastrophe Richter scale Adjectives persistent amazing
3. Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives 2动词, 名词和形容词 2 1. He keeps asking me to join his company. I’ve said ‘no’ but he’s very persistent. 2. Her husband died last month and she still hasn’t returned to work. She’s still in mourning. 3. Have you seen Chris’s new phone? You can watch TV on it – it’s really amazing! 4. Their boss decided to suspend the scheme while the complaints were investigated. 5. Bad weather hampered the rescue operation. 6. After a member of the royal family dies, flags in the UK are flown at half-mast.
Writing Activity Note that your sentence structure might vary slightly, but you should have the right word.
1. Bad weather hampered the rescue. 2. They brought in bulldozers to clear the rubble. 3. She heard about the catastrophe on the radio. 4. They were evacuated from the town because people were worried about aftershocks. 5. The police chief pledged to find the criminals. 6. The police chief appealed to the public for information. 7. Today the town is in mourning for those who died. 8. Don’t fly kites in the city centre – find some open ground.