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Unit 8  On Buying Books. Objectives: Learn the way of persuasive writing. Learn to use the useful expressions and some sentence frames to make a suggestion. Pre-reading Lead-in (pair work + group work): 1. Do you visit bookshops often?

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unit 8 on buying books
Unit 8  On Buying Books


  • Learn the way of persuasive writing.
  • Learn to use the useful expressions and some sentence frames to make a suggestion.

Lead-in(pair work + group work):

  • 1. Do you visit bookshops often?
  • 2. What is usually your purpose of visiting a bookshop, to buy books or just to browse among books?
3. Which do you prefer to visit, a bookshop has closed shelves?
  • 4. How much help do you want to get from a bookshop assistant?
  • 5. Why do or don’t you buy books? Do you think you have time for reading in your daily life?
Useful words and expression for discussion:
  • get in the habit of visiting bookstores around the campus ...
  • get in the habit of going into the second-hand book market,
  • Book stalls
  • I had the pleasure of visiting
  • highly recommend to the book-reading public
  • well worth visiting
roam about
  • it is my experience in almost every small, independent bookstore I have the pleasure of visiting. .. .
  • takes great pleasure
  • read to one’s heart’s content
  • browse… for…/through books
  • I often find myself visiting bookstores here in …
  • quality entertainment and alternatives
  • 1. Find out the exact words or the number of the sentences that best sums up the main idea in each paragraph.
  • 2. The style / genre of the text: persuasive writing. ( the writer’s purpose is to persuade his readers to accept his point of view: “ Time spent in a bookshop can be most
  • 3. Illustates how a perfect book-seller should behave.
Details and difficult sentences:
  • 1. Do exercises of Questions on page 93 -94 in the textbook.
  • 2. Do exercise of comprehension on page 111-112 in the workbook.
  • 3. Do exercise of paraphrase on page 112-113 in the workbook.
Language points:
  • 1. apart from: except for; as well as

e.g. Apart from the expense, I simply can’t afford the time to travel during the holiday.

  • 2. run up: increase, add to the amount of, grow quickly in amount

e.g. She is a book-lover. She used to run up a big bill at the bookstore.

Mother is always shocked to find that she has run up a huge account there at the end of her visit to the supermarket.

3. in case: if it should happen that (someone might be…)

E.g. A notice was put up in case ______.

After-reading discussion(group work)

What do you think of the decline in reading books and magazines?

  • /reflects a changing lifestyle in this ever-developing world when the access to information is no longer limited to printed publications.
  • /Busy lifestyles are a major reason for this loss of book reading.
/the different channels to information have taken some of the printed publications' market share and their readers.
  • /More and more people admit that they are turning to the Internet, instead of newspapers and the radio, for news.
/The Internet has attracted an increasing number of people by providing more information in a faster and more convenient way. It saves people travelling to libraries, combing the shelves and having to scan entire books for information.
/A survey said 18.3 per cent of people now read online, compared with 3.7 per cent in 1998. The rate must be much higher among the younger generation.
  • /Such a change is global.
/Reading fewer books and magazines does not mean people are learning less. They simply have more choice.
  • /While the quality of paper, printing technology and presentation is much better today, the quality of content does not necessarily follow. Books and magazines are also relatively over-priced.