Environmental issues

  • Watch this extract as many times as you like and complete the gap-fill exercise which follows. The video talks about a new type of fuel for truckers and their reaction to it. Some strong American accents in places and scientific terms too.
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  • Listen to the following audio file and fill in the gaps with the targeted language. The extract deals with the question of global warming and solutions that can be found. It also speaks about Al Gore's new book Earth in the Balance which examines the issue in details and questions how Americans perceive the threat.
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  • Watch the video file as many times as you like and fill in the gaps. The need for bigger importation of natural gas by the USA is discussed in this extract. The advantages, disadvantages and obstacles are presented. Then do the exercise checking your comprehension of the text. You will see 7 statements about the text and you will have to decide whether they are true or false. Pay attention to the time limit. You only have 2 minutes to complete that exercise!
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  • Listen to this extract as many times as you like and complete the gap-fill exercise which follows. It speaks about how the lack of clean water for drinking and sanitation has become a crisis in many parts of the world and a project to try and remedy the situation.
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  • In this learning path you will learn about Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Initiative. The focus is upon key language for describing projects. Watch and compare the two videos, paying particular attention to the tenses used, and complete the accompanying exercises.
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  • Listen to the audio extract and answer the questions that follow. The extract deals with a student project to create an experimental, hydrogen-powered car.
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  • Watch the video file as many times as you like filling in the gaps at the same time. The report shows how energy is made out of garbage. Then do the crossword (the words are taken from the report), and the exercise on phrasal verbs, pay attention to the time limit!
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  • Listen to the audio extract which deals with how engineers treat waste water.
    Do the associated gap-fill to test your comprehension and specific understanding of key words to do with this field of research.
    Once this is done, go on to the crossword to revise the technical terms heard in the audio file. Beware – you only have 6 minutes to complete the crossword!
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