Intermediate: Environment

GUESS THE WORD

Fill in the missing letters of the word to complete each sentence. Read the meaning aloud and use it as a clue.

ANSWERS
  1. global warming
  2. misuse
  3. contribute

ANSWER

1. Word:
G
L
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B
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L
W
_
R
M
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N
G
Meaning: [noun] increase of the Earth’s normal temperature
Sentence: _____________ makes the ice melt in North and South Poles.
2. Word:
M
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S
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S
E
Meaning: [verb] to use something wrongly/incorrectly
Sentence: We should not __________ our natural resources.
3. Word:
C
O
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T
R
I
B
U
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E
Meaning: [verb] to give or share something with others
Sentence: They ___________ a lot of money to the environmental organization of their school.
READING ALOUD

Let’s read the dialogue. I will play Ron and you will play Emma. Then, we’ll switch roles.
READ


I just bought a new air conditioner. Summer season is not here yet, but it is already hot.
Are you considering to buy as well?
Actually, I already have one at home, but I do not always use it. I prefer to use an electric fan
at night and I take a bath two to three times a day to stay fresh.

I think I will feel more relaxed if I keep the air conditioner on especially at noon and at night.
I guess I should also take a bath two to three times a day as you do.
You can use your air conditioner at night. I heard that it contributes to global warming.
It releases dangerous gasses in the air especially if it’s overused or misused.

Oh, you’re right. My Science teacher told us that air conditioners use too much electricity.
I cannot afford to pay that high for my electricity bills.
I’m glad you understand. You don’t just save money, you also help save the environment.
However, if you feel “under the weather” due to the heat, you can use it until you’re relaxed.

Those are good points. As long as I can stand the heat, I will just use an electric fan.
I want to help reduce the effects of global warming in my own way no matter how little it may be.
That’s really nice of you. Let’s hope that the others will also consider options like this. I’m sure they will understand.
CHECK YOUR UNDERSTANDING

Please answer the questions in complete sentences.
ANSWER

1. Question What did Ron buy?
Answer: ________________
2. Question How many times does Emma take a bath in a day?
Answer: ________________
3. Question Do you think Emma uses her air conditioner at night?
Answer: Yes/No, ________________
4. Question What does Emma mean by “feel under the weather”?
Answer: ________________
DESCRIBING PICTURES

Study the pictures for 1 minute. Tell a story based on the pictures.
ANSWER

EXPRESSING OPINIONS

Please answer the questions by stating your opinions.
ANSWER

1. Question: Some people say that we can live without the use of plastic. Do you agree or disagree?
Answer: ________________
2. Question: Can you imagine what will happen when fossil fuel (coal and natural gas) runs out?
Answer: ________________
CONVERSATION PRACTICE

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions.
ANSWER

1. Question Do you think newly discovered diseases are caused by environmental problems?
Answer: ________________
2. Question How does your country implement cleanliness and orderliness?
Answer: ________________
3. Question Do you think nuclear power is a safe source of electricity? Why or why not?
Answer: ________________
4. Question What roles can the government and businesses play in solving environmental problems?
Answer: ________________
5. Question What is the most stable source of energy? Is it solar energy, thermal, wind, etc.?
Answer: ________________