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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

World Environment Day (WED) is a day we all need to put in our diaries. It happens on June 5 every year and should be one of the most important days of the holiday calendar. WED was created in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly. The environment wasn’t such a big issue back then. It is one of the hottest topics in the world today. WED helps raise worldwide awareness of the threats to our environment. Many environmental agencies organize events based on different themes each year. These events encourage both governments and local communities to work together. This ensures environmental problems are tackled from a grass roots level and at a presidential level.

Many people in rich countries are aware of today’s environmental issues. Even though many of the world’s citizens know the issues, too few people do enough to combat them. Perhaps the most serious issue is global warming. WED could be the day to start changing our lifestyle forever to reduce our carbon footprint. Most of us use far too much energy. With a little thought, we could all use less power and help the environment. WED also needs to make people in poorer countries aware of the dangers to the environment. The governments of new superpowers such as China and India need to reduce their energy consumption too. Hopefully, World Environment Day will become more celebrated every year.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a day we all need to put

a.

the holiday calendar

2

one of the most important days of

b.

each year

3.

The environment wasn’t

c.

in our diaries

4.

one of the hottest

d.

such a big issue

5.

events based on different themes

e.

roots level

6.

tackled from a grass

f.

topics

 

Paragraph 2

1.

too few people

a.

all use less power

2

start changing our lifestyle

b.

consumption

3.

reduce our carbon

c.

forever

4.

With a little thought, we could

d.

superpowers such as China

5.

The governments of new

e.

footprint

6.

reduce their energy

f.

do enough


LISTENING GAP FILL

World Environment Day (WED) is a day ___________________ in our diaries. It happens on June 5 every year and should be one of the most important days ___________________. WED was created in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly. The environment ___________________ issue back then. It is one of the hottest topics in the world today. WED helps raise worldwide ___________________ threats to our environment. Many environmental agencies organize events ___________________ themes each year. These events encourage both governments and local communities to work together. This ensures environmental problems are tackled ___________________ level and at a presidential level.

Many people in rich countries are ___________________ environmental issues. Even though many of the world’s citizens know the issues, ___________________ enough to combat them. Perhaps the most serious issue is global warming. WED could be the day to start changing our lifestyle forever to reduce ___________________. Most of us use far too much energy. With a little thought, we could all use ___________________ the environment. WED also needs to make people in poorer countries aware of the dangers to the environment. The governments of ___________________ as China and India need to reduce their ___________________ too. Hopefully, World Environment Day will become more celebrated every year.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

World Environment Day (WED) is a day we all need to __________ in our diaries. It happens on June 5 every year and should be one of the most important days of the holiday __________. WED was created in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly. The environment wasn’t such a big __________ back then. It is one of the __________ topics in the world today. WED helps raise worldwide awareness of the __________ to our environment. Many environmental agencies organize events based on different __________ each year. These events encourage both governments and local communities to work together. This ensures environmental problems are __________ from a grass roots __________ and at a presidential level.

 

 

 

issue
threats
tackled
calendar
put
level
hottest
themes

Many people in rich countries are __________ of today’s environmental issues. Even though many of the world’s citizens know the __________, too few people do enough to combat them. Perhaps the most serious issue is __________ warming. WED could be the day to start changing our lifestyle forever to reduce our __________ footprint. Most of us use far too much energy. With a little thought, we could all use less __________ and help the environment. WED also needs to make people in poorer countries aware of the __________ to the environment. The governments of new superpowers such as China and India need to __________ their energy consumption too. Hopefully, World Environment Day will become more __________ every year.

 

 

power
 
global
dangers
aware
celebrated
reduce
issues
carbon


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

World Environment Day (WED) is a day we all need / necessary to put in our diaries. It happens on June 5 every year and should be one of the most importance / important days of the holiday calendar. WED was created in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly. The environment wasn’t so / such a big issue back then. It is one of the hottest topics / topic in the world today. WED helps raise worldwide awareness of the threats to our environment. Many environmental agencies organize events based off / on different themes each year. These events encourage both governments and local / locally communities to work together. This insures / ensures environmental problems are tackled from a grass branches / roots level and at a presidential level.

Many people in rich countries are awareness / aware of today’s environmental issues. Even though / through many of the world’s citizens know the issues, too / two few people do enough to combat them. Perhaps the most serious / seriously issue is global warming. WED could be the day to start changing our lifestyle forever to reduce our carbon handprint / footprint. Most of us use far too much energy. With a little thought, we could all use less power and help the environment. WED also needs to make people in poorer countries aware for / of the dangers to the environment. The governments of new superpowers such as China and India need to reduce their energetically / energy consumption too. Hopefully, World Environment Day will become more celebrated / celebration every year.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

World Environment Day (WED) is a day we all need to put (1) ____ our diaries. It happens on June 5 every year and should be one of the most important days (2) ____ the holiday calendar. WED was created in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly. The environment wasn’t such a big issue back (3) ____. It is one of the hottest topics in the world today. WED helps raise worldwide awareness of the threats (4) ____ our environment. Many environmental agencies organize events based on different themes each year. These events encourage (5) ____ governments and local communities to work together. This ensures environmental problems are tackled from a grass (6) ____ level and at a presidential level.

Many people in rich countries are aware of (7) ____  environmental issues. Even though many of the world’s citizens know the issues, too (8) ____ people do enough to combat them. Perhaps the most serious issue is global warming. WED could be the day to start (9) ____ our lifestyle forever to reduce our carbon footprint. Most of us use far too much energy. With a little (10) ____, we could all use less power and help the environment. WED also needs to make people in poorer countries aware of the dangers (11) ____ the environment. The governments of new superpowers such as China and India need to reduce their energy (12) ____ too. Hopefully, World Environment Day will become more celebrated every year.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

on

(b)

to

(c)

at

(d)

in

2.

(a)

of

(b)

to

(c)

by

(d)

with

3.

(a)

there

(b)

then

(c)

that

(d)

before

4.

(a)

at

(b)

of

(c)

to

(d)

so

5.

(a)

pair

(b)

duo

(c)

both

(d)

two

6.

(a)

twigs

(b)

roots

(c)

trunks

(d)

branches

7.

(a)

today’s

(b)

today

(c)

two days

(d)

two days’

8.

(a)

little

(b)

few

(c)

much

(d)

enough

9.

(a)

changed

(b)

changes

(c)

changing

(d)

change

10.

(a)

think

(b)

thoughts

(c)

thinks

(d)

thought

11.

(a)

by

(b)

at

(c)

in

(d)

to

12.

(a)

consumption

(b)

consume

(c)

consuming

(d)

consumes


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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8.

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9.

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10.

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11.

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12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

footprint. Most of us use far too much energy. With a little thought, we could all use less power and help

(    )

Many people in rich countries are aware of today’s environmental issues. Even though many of the world’s

(    )

from a grass roots level and at a presidential level.

(    )

agencies organize events based on different themes each year. These events encourage both governments

(    )

to the environment. The governments of new superpowers such as China and India need to reduce their

(    )

energy consumption too. Hopefully, World Environment Day will become more celebrated every year.

(    )

topics in the world today. WED helps raise worldwide awareness of the threats to our environment. Many environmental

(    )

warming. WED could be the day to start changing our lifestyle forever to reduce our carbon

(    )

the environment. WED also needs to make people in poorer countries aware of the dangers

1  )

World Environment Day (WED) is a day we all need to put in our diaries. It happens on June 5 every

(    )

citizens know the issues, too few people do enough to combat them. Perhaps the most serious issue is global

(    )

year and should be one of the most important days of the holiday calendar. WED was created in

(    )

and local communities to work together. This ensures environmental problems are tackled

(    )

1972 by the United Nations General Assembly. The environment wasn’t such a big issue back then. It is one of the hottest


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

in    A    all    put    diaries    we    to    our    day    need

2.

the    days    holiday    of   important   the   One    most    of    calendar

3.

wasn’t    back    such    then    a    The    big    environment    issue

4.

year    each    themes    different    on    based    events    Organize

5.

grass    a    from    tackled    are    Problems    level    roots

6.

countries    aware    people    rich    are    Many    in

7.

enough    do    people    few    Too    them    combat    to

8.

forever    lifestyle    our    changing    start    to    day    The

9.

environment    all    power    the    could    less    help   We    use    and

10.

superpowers    as    and    New    such    China    India


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about World Environment Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about World Environment Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about World Environment Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about World Environment Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about World Environment Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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