New Horizon College English (Book 2)

Unit 3


Section A  Marriage Across the Nations

Section B  Rich Meeting His Future Mother-in-law

Section C  Finding a Marriage Partner



Students will be able to:

1. talk about challenging communication tasks of choosing a life-long partner.

2. talk about advantages and problems of a cross-cultural marriage.

3. master the key language points grammatical structures in the text;

4. conduct a series of reading, listening, speaking and writing activities related to the theme of the unit

5. tell facts from opinions in reading.


Lesson procedure

Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Period 4

Background Information

Pre-reading Activities

Global reading

Detailed reading

After reading

Section B




Section A  Marriage Across the Nations


Background Information

Racism: the belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. In the history of America, Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the prominent leaders against racial discrimination and striving for civil rights.


Pre-reading Activities

1. Look and Say


1. Look at these photos of some celebrities. Can you recognize them?

2. Do you know something about their families?

3. What do you call such marriages?                     

4. Do you want to follow suit? Why and why not?

Hint: Wei Wei (韦唯) s husband is a famous Swedish composer. Echos(三毛) husband is a Spanish professional diver. Maggies (张曼玉)is a wealthy Frenchman. And Jiang Wens (姜文) wife is French, too. Their marriages can be called marriages across nations.


2. Listen and Answer

1. For what two reasons did Gail and Mark live together?

--- They wanted to marry for the right reasons.

2. How did Gail’s father and mother react to the news about the wedding plans?

--- Gail’s mother supported her. But her father thought Mark might be using this marriage to obtain United States citizenship.

3. In what ways are Gail’s and her father’s views different?

--- His strong-willed daughter thought doubt meant no action; she would rather act now and worry later. Her father reminded her it was never too late to change her mind.


Global Reading

Structure Analysis

1). Central topic: Gail and Mark decided to marry despite their racial and cultural differences after being together for two years and getting to know each other better, but the plan met with opposition from the girl’s parents. 

2). Part Division of the Text

Part I  (Para.1-4): Gail and Mark decided to marry after being together for two years to get to know each other better and learn to take a realistic view on a mixed marriage.

Part II  (Para.5-9): Their planned marriage met with Gail’s mother’s resistance, who reminded her to be very certain that Mark was the right life-long partner, though she did not oppose their plan because of his color.

Part III  (Para. 10-21): Gail’s father’s reaction to their planned marriage.


Detailed Reading (language study & summary of the text)

1. Language study

1) . New words

1. subsequent:  later, following 后来的,随后的,继起的
The first and all subsequent visits were kept secret.
He died during the subsequent year.

2. harbor (harbour)

v. 1. keep (sth.) secretly in one's mind 心怀,怀有
Tiffany's been harboring spite against our boss ever since her transfer was refused.
I'm certainly not harboring a secret desire for the man, if that's what you are thinking.

2. give shelter to (a criminal, etc.); protect 庇护,窝藏(罪犯),隐匿
The trees harbor monkeys.
There will be a serious punishment for anyone who harbors criminals.

n. [C, U] place of shelter for ships 港,港口
All the ships stayed in the harbor during the storm.
Some of the best natural harbors in the world are there.

3. confirm

1. prove (a report, an opinion, etc.) true or correct 证实,证明,确定
The announcements confirmed that the election would take place on June 20th.
Everything you have just said confirms us in the view that nobody can be trusted.
2. make (a plan or meeting) certain, often by telephone or writing
a note asking us to confirm when we would be arriving
I'd like to confirm a reservation for a double room on the first of July.

4. harsh

1. cruel; severe 严厉的,残酷的,苛刻的
His family wouldn't survive the harsh winter.
That is a very harsh punishment to give a young child.
2. unpleasantly rough or sharp, esp. to the senses
刺耳 ()
The noise is too harsh to the ear.
I don't like the color of that dress; it's too harsh.

5. proceed

1. go to a further or the next stage; go on 着手,继续进行
Having said how much she liked it, she then proceeded to make critical comments about the way I'd done it.
Let's proceed to the next question.
2. make one's way; go
The crowd proceeded to the church.
Proceed to the next light, and then turn left.


2). Phrases and expressions

1. ups and downs: the changing of good and bad luck 好运和坏运的交替;盛衰;浮沉
He stuck by her through all life's ups and downs.
Like most married couples we've had our ups and downs, but life is like that.
像大多数已婚夫妇一样, 我们也经历过波折起伏。可生活就是那样的。

2. for a time: for a short period  暂时,一度
You'll have your own office soon but for a time you'll have to share one.
不久你会有自己的办公室, 不过你暂时还得与别人合用。
For a time, we all thought that Sherry and Frank would get married.

3. meet with: encounter sth.; experience sth. 遭遇,受到,经历
She met with heavy traffic on her way back.
They'd never met with such poor service before.

4. all along: all the time; from the beginning 始终,从开始一直
I realized I had had it in my pocket all along.
She was kind to me all along.

5. on the surface: when not observed, thought about, etc. deeply 表面上, 外表上, 从表面上看
The plan seems on the surface to be quite practical.
On the surface, this seems like a difficult problem, but in fact there's an easy solution to it.
表面看来这是个难题, 实际上很容易解决。

6. at one’s worst: showing the most unpleasant side of sb. 最差的一面
I'm at my worst in the morning.
This problem over late paying has shown him at his worst.

7. take care of: be responsible for; deal with 负责,处理
Her secretary took care of all her appointments.
All the travel plans have been taken care of.


2. Summary of the Text

Mark, a Black, and his girlfriend Gail decided to marry him after being together for two years, experiencing the usual ups and downs of a couple, learning to know, understand and respect each other. They tried to avoid the mistake made by many couples of marrying for the wrong reasons, only to learn more about tolerance, compromise and being open with each other despite their racial and cultural differences.

However, Gail’s mother, who had all along supportive of their relationship, counseled Gail to be really certain she was doing the right thing. Gail’s father even went so far as to suspect that Mark might be using this marriage to obtain United States citizenship. He quoted statistics and gave examples to illustrate the higher divorce rates and possible problems existing in mixed couples to warn Gail that she was rushing into marriage without thinking carefully about it.


After Reading

1. Work in groups and discuss the following questions with your group, using as many as the words and expressions in the text as possible.

1) What did Gail and Mark experience during their two years together?

2) What effect did racial and cultural differences have on them?

3) What happened when Gail spread the news of their wedding plans to her family?

4) Why did Gail’s mother counsel her to be sure she was doing the right thing?

5) How did Gail’s father react to their planned marriage?

6) What are the advantages and disadvantages of cross-cultural marriage?


2. Work in pairs, and comment on the following statements.

1) Time will confirm what we feel deeply about each other.

2) Mixed couples have higher divorce rates than couples of the same race.

3) More and more young people are taking a practical attitude toward marriage.

4) Late marriage is becoming a trend in large cities.

5) Divorce represents social progress.


3. Structured Writing

Try to write your own paragraph, which starts with a correction of one idea and goes on to present another idea. You may choose one of the following topics. One of the topics has a detailed outline that you can follow if you choose.
Detailed outline:

the Brazil government, a good idea to colonize the Amazon, help with the national economy

²       many other people, not agree

²       my idea: colonization of the Amazon, bring, severe environment disaster

²       people chop down trees, build houses, farms, factories

²       trees, become fewer, chemical from farms and factories, pollute, the rivers, the fish, die

Other topics

²       Smoking helps thinking?

²       Pollution is inevitable.



1. Finish the exercises in Section A.

2. Prepare for Section B.



Section B  Rich Meeting His Future Mother-in-law


Reading Skills

1. General Introduction

Recognizing Differences between Facts and Opinions

     Most reading passages contain ideas based on fact and opinion. It is very important to know when we are reading facts and when we are reading a writer’s opinion. The ability to recognize differences between fact and opinion can help us to achieve a deeper level of understanding in our reading.
     Facts are statements that tell what really happened or what really is the case. A fact can be proved or disproved with direct evidence. It is something known by actual experience or observing. For example:
     Gail and I imagined a quiet wedding. During our two years together we had experienced the usual ups and downs of a couple learning to know, understand, and respect each other. (Para. 1, Reading Passage A, Unit 3)
     Opinions are statements of belief, judgment or feeling. They show what someone thinks or feels about a subject. Solid opinions, of course, are based on facts. However, opinions are still somebody’s view of something and are not facts themselves. Look at the following example:
     But when I met Mark I found him a charming and intelligent young guy. (Para. 6, Reading Passage A, Unit 3)
     But it is not always easy to tell opinion from fact. A writer often combines the two in such a way that we do not always notice where fact ends and opinion begins. When we have a mixture of fact and opinion in a single statement, we must decide whether the main point of the sentence is essentially fact or opinion. Sometimes an opinion is presented as if it were a fact:
     My biggest worry is that you may be marrying Mark for the same wrong reasons that I married your father. (Para. 7, Reading Passage A, Unit 3)


2. Exercise

Do the exercise on Page. 74.


Language Study

1. New Words

1. slice

v. cut sth. into thin wide flat pieces ... ...切成薄片
Could you slice me a very thin piece of cake?
He sliced the top off his finger while he was cutting vegetables.

n. [C] a flat, often thin, piece of food that has been cut from a large piece
a slice of bread
Would you like another slice of beef?


2. ingredient

1. [C] any of the foods that are combined to make a particular dish (构成某种食品的各种)成分,配料
The list of ingredients included 500g of sugar and 200ml of cream.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
2. [C] any of the qualities of which sth. is made
the ingredients of sb.'s character
Trust is a key ingredient in a successful marriage.


3. concerning: about (sb. / sth.) 关于
a letter concerning your complaints
If you have any information concerning the recent event at the station, please contact the police.


4. compact

1. (of person or an animal) small, strong, and well-built 结实的
a compact body
2. closely and neatly packed together
compact disc (CD)
What a compact office! How did you fit so much into so little space?


5. behalf: [U] interest; side 利益,方面
on someone's behalf
代表, ……的利益
On behalf of my husband and myself I thank you.
Ken is not present, so I shall accept the prize on his behalf.


2. Phrases and Expressions

1. come up with: find or produce (an answer, a solution, etc.) 找到,想出 (答案、解决方法)
She came up with a new idea for increasing sales.
I hope you can come up with a better plan than that.


2. win over: gain (sb.'s) support or favor 争得 (别人的) 支持或恩惠
She's against the idea, but I'm sure I can win her over.
They've won over a lot of villagers since she's been leader of the party.


3. from head to toe: over the whole length of one's body 从头到脚,浑身上下
The children were covered in mud from head to toe.
The policeman observed me from head to toe as though I were a thief.


4. hold ones breath: stop breathing for a short time 屏息
The whole country held its breath as it waited for news.
The people held their breath as the young man climbed through the window.


5. hit it off: have a friendly relationship with each other 相处得很好
Do you hit it off with your husband's mother?
I didn't really hit it off with his friends.



1. Finish the exercises in Section B;

2. Preview Unit 4.