Chủ Nhật, 6 tháng 12, 2020

Talking about Books!

 Warm up questions:

  1. Do you like reading? Why or why not?

  2. How often do you read?

  3. Where do you like to read?

  4. When do you usually read books?

  5. What kind of books do you like? Why?

  6. What kind of books do you dislike? Why?

  7. What is your favorite book?

  8. Do you buy books or borrow books from the library or your friends?

  9. Do you read books on your smart phone or computer?

  10. Who is your favorite writer?

I/ Vocabularies:

to publish /ˈpʌblɪʃ/ = to print



The journal doesn't publish correspondence from readers.

Publishing house (n)


Publishing house skilled work is supplied with professionally prepared experts and workers.

Author = writer (n)


The original author is unknown.

Title (n)


The full title of the book is The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire, but it's too long that's why most people don't even know it.

Book cover (n)


Don't judge a book by its cover.

Best-seller (n)


When you see “best-seller” written on the cover of a book that is most likely a market strategy.

Content (n)

To brainstorm


Brainstorm as many ideas as possible

Copyright (n)


Who owns the copyright on this song?

Literature /ˈlɪtrətʃər/ (n)


Classic literature never goes out of print.

E-book = electronic book ## hard-copy (n)


E-books are greener than hard-copy books as they don’t use paper.

to review = to write a feedback


He was the King of book reviews in The Eye, a student magazine.

Bookworm (n)

Bookshop = bookstore (n)

Bookshelf (n)

To spend time/ money on doing something


I usually spend 2 or 3 hours on reading books everyday

Bedtime reading

Skimming / skim-read = speed reading


During reading tests, students usually skim-read to save time.

Genre /ˈʒɑːnrə/ = kind = type (n)

A musical/film genre


What genre does the book fall into - comedy or tragedy?

Convenient /kənˈviːniənt/ (adj) # inconvenient


A bike is a very convenient way of getting around.

Enjoyment = pleasure (n)


It's sad if he never gets any enjoyment out of his job any more.

Plot /plɑːt/ (n)


The novel has a complicated plot that is sometimes difficult to follow.

Character /ˈkærəktər/ (n)


She had Mickey Mouse or some other Disney characters on her sweater.

The main hero/heroine (n)


Harry Potter, the main hero of the story, displays strong will and bravery which are needed to conquer the Evil.

Twist (n) = a sudden change in a story



There's an unexpected twist in the plot towards the end of the book.

To borrow

You can borrow books from her as long as you return them to her. 

To download

I love to download Ebooks and read them on my computer

To struggle

I have to struggle to finish that book

II/ Useful Phrases & Expressions:

It's the worst book I've ever read # It's the best book I've ever read

To face with = to deal with

I have to face with those problems and fix all of them

To come out


I can't wait until the next book comes out

To highly recommend it = you have to/ must read it

If you are a crazy fan of detective books, I highly recommend Conan Doyle

To get into = like

I can't get into that book, it's really boring

To be a big reader: someone who reads a lot

Are you a big reader?

To put something down


The book is so interesting that I can't put it down

To stay up all night


I love that book so much and I will stay up all night to finish it.

I see myself a bit in the character of...

Part and parcel of something


Reading books is part and parcel of my everyday's life.

to sharpen someone's critical thinking


Reading books regularly while growing up can help to sharpen a child's critical thinking.

Story map:

  1. Exposition = background /ˌekspəˈzɪʃən/

Exposition explains where events take place, what happened before the story begins, and the background of the characters.

  1. Rising action

It includes the events leading up to the main problem or conflict.

  1. Climax /ˈklaɪmæks/

It is the most important and exciting part in the development of a story, when the main problem reaches the highest point.

  1. Falling action

It is the part of the plot when the characters work to solve the problem or conflict. 

  1. Resolution /ˌrezəˈluːʃən/

The end of the story that includes solving a problem or finding a way to improve a difficult situation.

III/ Types of Books:

1. Fiction /ˈfɪkʃən/


That book is a work of fiction and not based on any historical facts.

2. Nonfiction


I prefer nonfiction, because it's a better food for my brain.

The Most Popular Genres:

1. Action and Adventure

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. Classic

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

3. Comic and Graphic Novel

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

4. Crime and Detective

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

5. Drama

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

6. Fairy Tale

Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm

7. Fable /ˈfeɪ·bəl/

The tortoise and the hare by Aesop

8. Fan-fiction

Harry Potter And The Method of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky

9. Fantasy

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

10. Historical Fiction

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

11. Horror /ˈhɒrər/

It by Stephen King

12. Humor 

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

13. Legend = myth = folktale /ˈledʒənd/ /mɪθ/

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

14. Mystery  /ˈmɪstəri/

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

15. Romance /roʊˈmæns/

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James

16. Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) /ˌsaɪəns ˈfɪk.ʃən/

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

17. Biography/ Autobiography /baɪˈɑːɡrəfi/

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

18. Poetry /ˈpoʊətri/

The Odyssey by Homer

19. Self-help Book = self development book

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

20. Periodicals  /ˌpɪriˈɑːdɪkəl/

  • newspaper /ˈnuːzˌpeɪpɚ/

  • magazine /ˌmæɡəˈziːn/

  • journal /ˈdʒɝːnəl/

21. Reference Books

  • dictionary /ˈdɪkʃəneri/

  • encyclopedia /ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpiːdiə/

  • atlas /ˈætləs/ , etc.

22. Textbook 

23. Sportsbook 

24. Business book

25. Travel book

IV. Useful words to describe books:

Positive adjectives:

  • action-packed

  • addictive

  • adventurous

  • amusing

  • believable

  • breathtaking

  • easy-to-read

  • emotional

  • entertaining

  • exciting

  • fascinating

  • glorious

  • hilarious

  • historical

  • informative

  • inspirational

  • life-like

  • interesting

  • memorable

  • motivating

  • mysterious

  • unpredictable

  • realistic

  • romantic

  • touching

  • unexpected

  • unique

Positive adjectives:
  • creepy
  • confusing
  • terrifying
  • scary

  • silly = goofy

  • simple

  • predictable

  • complicated

  • tear-jerking

  • sad

  • boring

  • heartbreaking

  • tragic


  1. Do you like reading hard-copies or e-books? Why?

  2. Is it expensive to buy hard-copy books in your country?

  3. Is it possible to read e-books for free in your country?

  4. Do you usually read for leisure or for study/work purposes? 

  5. Do you read a lot?

  6. Do you think that reading fiction novels is more interesting than reading nonfiction books?

  7. What is your favorite genre of books?

  8. What will you choose: a thriller or a humorous story?

  9. Do you like fantasy books?

  10. What do you think about comic books?

  11. What is the scariest book you have ever read?

  12. What's the funniest one?

  13. What's the most romantic?

  14. What's the worst book you've ever read?

  15. Have you ever cried while reading a heart-breaking moment in a book?

  16. What do you prefer: to read a book or to watch a movie?

  17. Have you ever read a book more than once?  If yes, do you still keep this book?

  18. Do you have a favorite author? who is he or she?

  19. Who is your favorite book character? Why do you like him/her?

  20. What's the latest book you read?

  21. Have you ever fallen asleep while reading?

  22. Have you ever given books as gifts?

  23. Do you think it’s important for children to read regularly?

  24. Do you think people now read less as compared to those in the past?

  25. Have you ever tried to read a book in English?

More practice!!!

Introduce your favorite book:

1) What is it's name and who is the author.

2) Tell some words about the protagonist and the other important characters.

3) Describe the plot using the story map.

4) Tell what you like and don't like in this book.

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