Unit 1 Meeting and Greeting
Unit 2 Talking about Personal Information
Unit 3 Making Phone Calls
Unit 4 Finding an Apartment
Unit 5 Shopping
Unit 6 Seeing a Doctor
Unit 7 Entertaining Friends at Dinner
Unit8 Spending Spare Time
Unit 9 Talking about Sports
Unit 10 Talking about Weather
Unit 11 Making an Appointment
Unit 12 Celebrating a Holiday
Unit 13 Showing the Way
Unit 14 Talking about Study
Unit 15 Applying for a Job
Unit 16 Describing Daily Routine
Unit 17 Talking about Family Life
Unit 18 Complaining
Unit 19 Keeping Fit
Unit 20 Talking about Arts
Unit 21 Car Driving
Unit 22 Eating Out
Unit 23 Having a Haircut
Unit 24 Banking
Unit 25 Asking for Repairs
Unit 26 Staying at a Hotel
Unit 27 Talking about Likes and Dislikes
Unit 28 Traveling by Air
Unit 29 Traveling by Train
Unit 30 Traveling Abroad
1. 5 or 6 weeks before Christmas Day.
2. Paper decorations， leaves and branches; Christmas tree with silver paper and colored lights.
3. They'll receive presents.
4. In the morning or in the evening.
5. Turkey， ham and Christmas pudding.
December 25 is Christmas Day. In most countries it is the most important day in the year. In
the large shops preparations for Christmas are begun five or six weeks before the actual day. In
larger towns decorations are put up in the main street two or three weeks before Christmas ——
usually these decorations are lit up at night.
Preparations are also made at home. Special puddings and cakes are eaten on Christmas Day
and these have to be made three or four weeks in advance. Two or three days before Christmas，
people decorate their houses with paper decorations and leaves and branches. People also like to
have a Christmas tree in the living room. This is a very small fir tree decorated with silver paper
and colored lights.
Although everyone enjoys Christmas Day， it is particularly enjoyed by children， who get very
excited because of the presents they know they are going to receive. When small children go to
bed on Christmas Eve， they hang a stocking at the end of their beds. When they wake up， they
find their stocking filled with presents. Children are very excited on Christmas morning and always
wake up early.
Every family has its own traditions at Christmas. Some exchange presents first thing on
Christmas morning. Others put all the presents around the Christmas tree and wait until evening
before giving them out. But all families have a huge Christmas dinner —— usually at midday. If
they can afford it they have a turkey and ham， followed by Christmas pudding.
Part Ⅳ News and Reports
One of 6 Americans receive money from the Social Security system. Monthly payments go to
retired workers and disabled people and to their survivors. 2/3 of Americans age 65 and older
depend on Social Security for at least half the money they get.
The system is financed mostly by a 12.4 percent wage tax shared by workers and employers.
This year close to 50 million people will receive more than 500 billion dollars in benefits. ~ But in
his state of the Union speech Wednesday night， President Bush said: “With each passing year，
fewer workers are paying ever higher benefits to an ever-larger number of retirees. “ 13 years from
now， he said， Social Security will be paying out more than it takes in. In his words: “We must
pass reforms that solve the financial problems of Social Security once and for all.”