If you want to speak about a book as an edition, you may need these:
(a) hardback (hardcover)
a cheap (expensive) edition
a rare edition
a pocket edition
an abridged (adapted) edition
an unabridged (not adapted) edition
a book with an interesting design and coloured illustrations
a colourful book
a collection of plays (stories/poems)
a book in the original
a book in translation
a book in one (two) volumes, etc.
53. A. Say to what types these books belong:
Life of Leo Tolstoy
The Time Machine
Little Red Riding Hood
Around the World in Eighty Days
Hound of the Baskervilles
Robin Hood and the Sheriff
Three Men in a Boat
B. Name three books that you like and say to what types of books they belong.
C. Remember the names of the main and secondary characters in one of them. Tell your friends what its plot is like.
54. Interview your classmates to find out what types of books are the most and the least popular with them.
55. Give brief information about these writers:
a) when they worked;
b) what books they wrote;
c) what kind of writers they are/were:
1) William Shakespeare
2) Agatha Christie
3) Charles Dickens
4) A. A. Milne
5) A. Pushkin
6) N. Nosov
7) I. Turgenev
8) S. Marshak
9) M. Tsvetayeva
56. Match these Russian words and word combinations with the English adjectives from the vocabulary list (p. 198).
îñòàâëÿþùàÿ ñèëüíîå âïå÷àòëåíèå,
ïðîèçâîäÿùàÿ ìðà÷íîå âïå÷àòëåíèå,
57. Bring to the class one of your favourite editions and speak about it. To make your story more logical write its outline first.
58. A. Read the dialogue, Sisten to it, 33, and say what kind of books Alex likes most and think of other books you can advise him to read.
A Book to Read on Holidays
Alex: Can you help me?
Jane: Certainly. What’s the problem?
Alex: I need your advice. I’ve read all the books we have at home. Now I’m going to the local library because I want to borrow two or three books that I can read during our school holidays. Can you think of any good books? I want some really good stuff.
Jane: What kind of books do you prefer? Do you read adventure novels or detective stories?
Alex: No, in fact, I enjoy historical novels a lot more.
Jane: Have you read Alexandre Dumas?
Alex: Of course, I have. I have only just finished “The Count of Monte Cristo”.
Jane: I see. Let me think ... And do you like Walter Scott?
Alex: I do. I read “Ivanhoe” some years ago and ... Well, that’s it. Scott sounds like a good idea. What novels by Scott are the best?
Jane: I personally like “Quentin Durward”. It’s set in France in the fifteenth century. You are sure to like it.
Alex: Good. I’ve put it down. What else? One book isn’t enough. Jane: If you like Walter Scott, why don’t you take something else by him? “Rob Roy”, for example. Rob Roy was known as the “Robin Hood of Scotland”, and the book describes him and his adventures. Alex: Great. Are you reading anything interesting now?
Jane: I’m reading another English classic — “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens and I love it.
Alex: I don’t think that I like Dickens as much as you do ... but ... well, he’s not bad. Thanks for your help, Jane. I knew you would give me good advice.
B. Act out the dialogue. Then make up your own dialogues and discuss the books you would like to read on holiday.
59. A. Speak about the books you’ve read recently and your tastes in read' ing.
B. Ask your parents what books they read at school. Compare your reading list with theirs.
60. Interview your classmates to find out:
how many students read books regularly;
how many read them from time to time;
how many don’t read books;
what kinds of books they prefer;
what authors they like;
who advises them what books to read;
if they borrow books from a school library/local library/friends or relatives;
if they think that reading books is important and why.
a) your school library,
b) a public library in your city,
c) an ideal library,
d) your home library,
62. Use the beginning of one of the fairy tales and tell it with the help of the words from Ex. 3, Unit 6. Decide whose fairy tale is the best.
Once upon a time there lived a nice and kindly lady. She had only one wish: she wanted to have a child. ...
Once upon a time there was a girl called Little Red Riding Hood who lived with her mother. ...
Once there lived a poor boy who had neither a mother nor a father. The boy’s name was Dick Whittington. ...
Once there lived a little girl with golden hair. Everybody called her Goldilocks. One day Goldilocks went for a walk in the forest. ...
Once upon a time there lived an old man who had three sons. When the man died, he left his house to his eldest son, his mill — to his second son, and his cat — to the youngest boy. ...
Summing up the Topic
Think of it and say:
if you find reading books and magazines important and necessary and why or why not;
what way of getting new information you prefer and why;