Lesson 50: Reading Books



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: reading books. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about reading books.

Kevin, which genre of books do you like to read?
I like to read action and self-help books.
I have a few I like. My favorite is drama, but I also like biographies.
Do you like to read novels?
Yes, but I’m more interested in short stories.
Do you like electronic or paperback books?
Even though electronic books are popular, I still like paperback books. I’m a bookworm!
I actually like audiobooks.
That’s interesting! Do you have a favorite author?
No, I don’t have a favorite author. By the way, I like to read magazines also.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

genre (n) a particular type or category of books or movies
My favorite genre is action.
self-help (adj) the action of making oneself better
Self-help books can improve you as a person.
biographies (n – plural) the story of a real person’s life
I like to watch biographies of people in history.
novels (n – plural) a long printed story about imaginary people and events
I don’t like to read novels because they are too long. 
short stories (n – plural) not as long as a novel; usually imaginary and not true
I like to read short stories rather than novels.
paperback (adj) a book made of paper or cardboard
Paperback books are cheaper than hardcover ones.
bookworm (idiom) a person who loves to read
We call her a bookworm because she’s always reading. 
audiobooks (n – plural) a book that is recorded on a CD or downloaded from the internet and people listen to it
I listen to my audiobooks while I’m driving.
author (n) the person who writes a book, article or report
The author of the book is famous.
magazines (n -plural) a type of thin book made of paper with articles and photos
I always have magazines with me when I travel.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Do you think it’s better to read or watch television to learn English?
    1. In my point of view, it’s better to watch television because you can listen and read the subtitles in English.
    2. In my opinion, they are equally important to improve your English.
    3. Your answer:
  2. Do you have any ideas for a book to write?
    1. I think I would like to write a self-help book about improving your English speaking skills.
    2. It would be interesting to write a book about my country.
    3. Your answer:
  3. Why do people like to read?
    1. Personally speaking, I don’t like to read books. Instead, I like to read magazine articles.
    2. In my opinion, people like to read because it relaxes them.
    3. Your answer:
  4. How do you choose books to read? 
    1. I choose books based on recommendations or genre.
    2. I like to pick books to read based on my interests.
    3. Your answer:
  5. When is your favorite time to read?
    1. I like to read at night before I go to bed.
    2. For me, it’s better for me to read right after work because it relaxes me.
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What are your favorite genres to read?
  2. Is it important to read when learning English? Why or why not?
  3. Where do you like to read books? Why?
  4. Do you prefer electronic, paperback, or audiobooks? Why?
  5. Do you like to go to the library? Why or why not?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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