The Reading / Listening - City of Trees - Level 4

Manchester has a plan to plant three million trees over the next 25 years. The project is called the "City of Trees". Its director said we would bring "existing woodland into management". He said: "There is no point in planting new woodland if you can't manage what you've got already. The project will, "engage people a lot more in their natural environment - in planting trees [and] understanding more about the benefits that trees…bring to our society."



The director said: "Manchester wants to be a world-class city region. We have a lot of fantastic development…but the natural environment needs to keep up with that." He said it would reconnect people with the natural world, provide health benefits and reduce stress. He said the trees would reduce air and noise pollution. He also said: "They can also help…climate change both in terms of…reducing the urban heat island effect and…flooding."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    City of Trees - Level 5 or  City of Trees - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38692022
  • http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/scheme-aiming-plant-tree-every-10497047
  • http://www.cityoftrees.org.uk/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Manchester has a
  2. over the
  3. The project is
  4. There is no
  5. engage people
  6. natural
  7. planting
  8. benefits that trees
  1. called the "City of Trees"
  2. trees
  3. environment
  4. bring to our society
  5. point
  6. plan
  7. a lot more
  8. next 25 years

Paragraph 2

  1. Manchester wants to
  2. We have a lot of fantastic
  3. natural
  4. reconnect people
  5. provide health benefits
  6. reduce air
  7. They can also help
  8. the urban heat
  1. climate change
  2. environment
  3. and noise pollution
  4. development
  5. island effect
  6. with the natural world
  7. be a world-class city
  8. and reduce stress

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Manchester (1) ___________________ plant three million trees over the next 25 years. The project (2) ___________________ "City of Trees". Its director said (3) ___________________ "existing woodland into management". He said: "There (4) ___________________ planting new woodland if you can't manage (5) ___________________ already. The project will, "engage people a lot more in their natural environment - in planting trees [and] understanding more about the benefits that trees… (6) ___________________ society."

The director said: "Manchester (7) ___________________ world-class city region. We (8) ___________________ fantastic development…but the natural environment needs (9) ___________________ that." He said it would reconnect (10) ___________________ natural world, provide health benefits and reduce stress. He said the trees would (11) ___________________ noise pollution. He also said: "They can also help…climate change both in terms of…reducing the urban (12) ___________________ and…flooding."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Manchesterhasaplantoplantthreemilliontreesoverthenext25years.T
heprojectiscalledthe"CityofTrees".Itsdirectorsaidwewouldbring"exi
stingwoodlandintomanagement".Hesaid:"Thereisnopointinplanting
newwoodlandifyoucan'tmanagewhatyou'vegotalready.Theprojectw
ill,"engagepeoplealotmoreintheirnaturalenvironment-inplantingtr
ees[and]understandingmoreaboutthebenefitsthattrees…bringtoour
society."Thedirectorsaid:"Manchesterwantstobeaworld-classc
ityregion.Wehavealotoffantasticdevelopment…butthenaturalenviro
nmentneedstokeepupwiththat."Hesaiditwouldreconnectpeoplewith
thenaturalworld,providehealthbenefitsandreducestress.Hesaidthet
reeswouldreduceairandnoisepollution.Healsosaid:"Theycanalsohel
p…climatechangebothintermsof…reducingtheurbanheatislandeffect
and…flooding."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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