Topic: Parts of a Book



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: parts of a book. First, 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

cover (n) the front of the book that has the title, author, and usually images
The cover is what you see first before you open the book.
chapter (n) one of the sections of the book; usually has a number and/or title
I’m currently reading chapter 10.
spine (n) the outside edge that keeps the pages together; usually glued
The spine of a book usually has the title.
author (n) the person who wrote the book
Stephen King is a famous author.
title (n) the name of the book
The title of the book is, “To Kill a Mockingbird”.
publisher (n) a person or company who makes the books; usually not the author
The author gave his book to the publisher to produce 1000 books.
table of contents (n) located at the beginning of the book; a list of the chapter names and pages
The table of contents is a brief summary of the chapters in a book.
illustrator (n) the person who creates the pictures and images for a book
The illustrator is a good artist.
glossary (n) at the end of a book; a list of words and definitions in the book
The glossary is similar to a dictionary.
index (n) usually at the end of a book; a list of subjects and references to include a page number
The index helps you reference specific pages about a subject.


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. Does reading help a person learn? Why or why not?
  2. Do you read books? Why or why not?
  3. What was the last book you read about?
  4. Besides books, what else do people read?
  5. Did you like reading when you were a child?
  6. What is your favorite genre (type)? For example, drama.
  7. How many hours do you spend reading in a week?
  8. Where is your favorite place to read? Why?
  9. Do you think it’s better to read books or watch TV? Why?
  10. Which books would you recommend to read?


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


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