3月27日下午两点，英语教研组欢聚在长郡中学办公楼六楼，欣赏高二备课组李芸老师为教研组呈现的一堂主题为“Appreciating Art Critically”的活动展示课。 该堂课是李芸老师深入学习新课标精神，将新课标理念与英语学科核心素养相结合，进行的一次大胆创新的尝试。课堂精彩纷呈，老师的引导生动自然，学生的表演令人惊艳，师生的互动和讨论积极热烈。
Appreciating art critically
At the end of the lesson, students are expected to:
1. develop their critical thinking while appreciating art;
2. apply lexical chunks related to reviews to their discussion and opinion sharing.
Step 1 Lead-in
Ask Ss two simple questions and then show them a short video clip and have them identify.
Q1: Recently we’ve talked a lot about art, so can you identify the forms of art in the following picture?
Q2:Which form is your favorite?
Introduce the topic, opera, by having students recall what they’ve learned about Turandot.
Step 2 Performance and appreciation
Activity performance of a drama and music
1 Have all the participants introduce their own roles and musical instruments in the drama.
2 Then put the drama on, accompanied by some music played live by a group of students.
While the students are appreciating the drama, it is recommended that they read the lines with the handouts given out.
Step 3 Discussion and critical thinking
Activity Group Discussion
Have a discussion in four groups and divide them into groups named Art of Performing, Art of Music, and Art of Literature and Participant Group. While discussing, students are expected to take the useful lexical chunks and the sample writing for reference.
Art of Literature:
1. Are you fond of the new ending and the lines in the drama?
2. If you were the playwright, how would do you end the story? Why?
3. Is it possible to add something else to the drama, such as a poem? Can you have a try?
Art of Performing:
1. Are you happy with their performances?
2. Which character is the most impressive? Why?
3. Make some comments on the performances of the drama.
Art of Music:
1. Are you familiar with the music? (Tell its name if you can.)
2. What can you feel from the music?
3. Does it match the theme of the drama? Or can you recommend some other music?
Lexical chunks for reference
from where I stand; as far as I’m concerned; from my point of view; personally; on my personal note; in my opinion; I believe; I bet; I insist… …
well-done; impressive; wonderful; splendid; gorgeous; remarkable; puzzled; confused; eye-catching; thought-provoking; insightful; awful; … …
sad; desperate; be thirsty for love; passionate; pleased; overjoyed; voluntary; reluctant; tragic; comforting; shocked… …
naïve; loyal; faithful; selfless; self-centered; self-willed; pride; rude; selfish; indifferent; calculated; ambitious; brave; intelligent; civil; be devoted/addicted to the pursuit of power; be bent on doing… …
prefer; like/dislike; agree/disagree; in agreement/disagreement with; for/against; be fond of; don’t care; positive; negative… …
powerful; have a relaxed feel; hold a mirror up to sb/sth; be attracted by; be drawn into; be crazy about… …
A sample commentary on an opera Aida
Tonight, I went to see the famous Italian opera Aida at the opera house. It was crowded but I was lucky enough to get a great seat. I could not believe my ears when I heard the beautiful music. All the performers had such powerful voices that they touched the softest place in my soul. The music went perfectly with the performances. With the development of the story, the music sometimes sounded passionate; sometimes sad; sometimes gentle; sometimes tense. I even felt my breath in and out with it.
The opera tells the story of Aida, an Ethiopian princess who is taken away to Egypt to work as a slave. Her angry father comes to save her with an army and fights against the Egyptian army, which is led by Radames. Radames, who loves Aida, betrays the Egyptian king because he wants to help Aida to escape.
I don't really like stories about love and I certainly did not cry at the end! However, I must admit that I am fond of the actress, who played the role as Aida. Her performance was vivid and full of passion. When she showed her love the Radames, she expressed her emotion through every detail of her body language. Besides, I was a little frightened when the fireworks were set off during the battle scenes. Most of all, I loved the set. I thought I was in Egypt. I could not believe it when I saw the elephants and horses on stage!
Step 4 Opinion sharing
Activity All the participants from the Participant Group from share their intention and feelings of giving such a performance.
The playwright will share her writing intention.
The director will share how she organizes the performance and her feelings.
The violin player will share his understanding of the music.
The actor and the actress also share their understanding of the role they play
Step 5 Conclusion
The teacher will draw a conclusion in the following aspects:
1. Art is a universal language, which can communicate western and eastern culture.
2. As Chinese students, it is our duty to promote our cultural essence to the world, to have people around the globe understand us better.
3. The process of appreciating art can be an enjoyable but challenging one, which needs persistence.
4. Art is a noble way to enrich our life.
Step 5 Homework
Write down the review they have presented orally.