Choose yourfriends as your books, few but choice.
• to enrich students' vocabulary on the topic
• to develop hstening for gist and details
• to practise intensive reading skills
How do you choose a book?
Answer the questions.
1. When do you go to the library, do you always know which books you
want to look for and take out?
2. When you see a lot of new books ay the library, do you find it easy
or difficult to make a choice?
3. What helps you to make a choice — the pictures in the book, its
cover, the table of the contents, the advice of the librarian or one of your
4. Do you make a list of books you want to take out before you go to the
Introducing the Topic
A) Read and remember how to use the words: card: a library card, a
catalogue: a library catalogue, a card catalogue, to make a catalogue of
to arrange: to arrange books on the shelves, to arrange books in
reference: reference books, a reference reading list, a reference
library. to consult to consult somebody, to consult an encyclopedia (a
dictionary a map)
review: a review of a book, to write a review, to publish reviews of
B) Answer the questions.
1. What does a reader's card tell about the reader and his reading
2. Have you seen your reader's card? What do you think it cam tell about
3. What do you usually do if you wish to find a book you need — do you
go to the classroom library, to the school library, to the public library or do
you borrow it from a friend of yours who has it?
4. Why is it useful to consult a library catalogue?
5. What kinds of books are extremely useful in our work?
6. Where can the learner of a foreign language find the meaning of a
word he doesn't know and find out how to pronounce it, spell it and also how it
7. What kind of dictionary is necessary for learners of a foreign
language? Why is that kind necessary?
8. What information about a word does a dictionary give?
A) Listen to the text and answer the questions.
Library is a place where information in print (books, manuscripts, periodicals
and musical scores) and in other forms is collected and arranged to serve
people of all ages and interests.
Libraries appeared in ancient times in Egypt, Assyria, Greece and Rome.
Perhaps the most famous library of that early day was at Alexandria. It was
founded by Ptolomy I. Ptolomy ordered the librarians to collect all Greek texts
as well as manuscripts in other languages from every part of the world.
The library today is a centre of all kinds of information: printed,
pictured, recorded, and even electronically stored.
Libraries can be found in many places. There are libraries in small
towns and large cities, and there are libraries in schools, universities and
The largest and best-known libraries in the world are the British
National Library in London, the Library of Congress in Washington and the
Russian State Library.
The national libraries of different countries keep in touch and exchange
books and information.
Many people have books at home. These are the books of their favourite
authors, dictionaries and reference books and the like.
1. What word does the word "library" come from?
2. What is library?
3. Where did the first libraries appear?
4. What do you know about the famous library at Alexandria?
5. What is the library today?
6. Where can libraries be found?
7. Why do people go to the library?
8. What are famous libraries in the world?
9. What do we call the people who help us in the library?
10. Have you got any books at home?
11. Who are your favourite authors?
12. Do you often go to the library?
B) Complete the sentences:
1. Library is a place where...
2. Libraries appeared in...
3. The library today is...
4. The largest libraries in the world are...
5. The national libraries of different countries...
Comment on the joke.
Old Lady (to the librarian) — I'd like a nice book. Librarian — Here's
one about cardinal. Old Lady — I'm not interested in religion. Librarian — But
this is a bird.
Old Lady — I'm not interested in his private life, either.
A) Cloze test
The eighth word in the text is omitted. Try to guess it.
THE LIBRARIES IN LONDON
London is one of the most literary-minded_(cities) in the world. It
would be hard_(to) think of a subject which has not_(got) a library
devoted to it.
Let us_(start) with the highest library in London, the_(Capitular)
Library of St. Paul's Cathedral. To reach_(it), you must be prepared
for a long_(climb), for it is situated right up near_(the) Whispering
The origin of the library_(dates) back to the seventh century, but all_
_ (its) books, with the exception of some books_(printed) before 1500
six manuscripts, were destroyed_(in) the Great Fire of London in 1666.
however, were preserved. The library was_(refounded)
after the Fire and the collection was_(built) up again by gift and
during_(the) 17th and 18th centuries.
From the highest_(library) in London to the biggest — which, of_
(course), is that of the British Museum. The_(British) Museum Library
contains about six million books_(and) the large circular Reading Room
in_(the) centre of the Museum building. In the_(Reading) Room is
a reference section of 30.000_(volumes) on open shelves and also the
catalogues _(for) the whole library.
B) Are the statements true or false?
1. The biggest library in London is Capitular Library of St. Paul's
2. The library appeared in the seventeenth century. (F)
3. Nearly all the books of this library were destroyed in the Great Fire
of London n 1666. (7)
4. The archives were not preserved either. (F)
5. The library was refounded after the Fire. (T).
6. The British Museum Library is the highest library in London. (F)
7. There are more than 6 000 000 books in the British Library. (F)
8. There is no Reading Room in the British Museum. (F)
C) Retell the text in chain. Homework
Write a composition on the topic: "A Library Is a Great Help".