Monday, February 4, 2019

That's English! - Module 8 - Unit 3: Green Issues

This is a very typical topic for speaking and even for other exercises such as listening and reading. Let's start with the general questions, as usual:
  • Do you recycle a lot or just what it's necessary? What do you do to try to be greener or ecofriendly?
  • What do you do to reduce water wasting in your house? what other things can be made to shorten the amount of water used at home?
  • Do you think  your town is an eco-friendly place to live? Give reasons for your answer.
  • Do you believe there is a climate change? Is it the same as global warming? Can we do anything to avoid it? Do you think it's possible to do anything yet or is it too late?
  • What species in danger of extinction do you remember? Why are they necessary, if so?
  • What policies do you know about sources of energy: solar panels, windmills, nuclear power stations, biomass, oil, electricity (renewable and non-renewable sources)?

Activity 1

Do you remember what the 3 R's stand for?  Just in case, they are for the 3 principal actions to save our planet: Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. Work with your partner and try to see how important these actions are for protecting our environment. Give examples

Activity 2

Here you are an activity of listening. The task is too simple for your level, but it's a good example of vocabulary and expressions connected to the environment. Once you've done the exercise go to the script to check the words used. Click here

Activity 3

Here you are a talk from TED about environmental issues; let's have a look and we'll discuss about what we've understood. Click here

Activity 4

Try to explain with your own words these terms connected to environmental issues:
  • deforestation and rainforest
  • endangered species
  • global warming and greenhouse effect
  • climate change and ice caps melting/droughts/floods/heat waves
  • carbon footprint/to be eco-friendly
  • renewable energy source or non-renewable ones
  • some specific vocabulary: dumps, dam or reservoir, debris, trash, garbage or rubbish, etc.

Activity 5 

To work with the vocabulary learnt in this unit, try to do this fill-in-the-gaps exercise: click here

Other exercises of listening connected to environment:
  • a pre-intermediate about climate change: click here
  • different activities on this topic for teenagers: click here
  • a listening from ESL: click here
  • climate change: clik here  (taken from a blog - Cristina's blog - with many listening exercises)
  • a list of videos about environmental issues: click here

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