The Reading / Listening - the Amazon fires - Level 0

The Amazon rainforest is burning. French President Emmanuel Macron said it is an "international crisis". He said urgent action is needed. World leaders at the G7 summit should talk about them. He tweeted: "Our house is burning....The Amazon rain forest...is on fire. It is an international crisis."



Germany's leader called the fires an "acute emergency". She said they were dangerous to the whole world. The UK leader called the fires "heart-breaking". He wants to bring them under control "and help protect one of Earth's greatest wonders". The UN said: "The Amazon [and our oxygen] must be protected."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    the Amazon fires - Level 1 the Amazon fires - Level 2   or  the Amazon fires - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49443389
  • https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/458399-fires-in-the-amazon-the-planet-at-risk
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49450495


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. French
  2. He said urgent action
  3. World
  4. the G7
  5. talk
  6. Our house is
  7. The Amazon rain forest is on
  8. It is an international
  1. burning
  2. leaders
  3. crisis
  4. is needed
  5. fire
  6. President
  7. about them
  8. summit

Paragraph 2

  1. She said they were
  2. the whole
  3. The UK
  4. called the fires
  5. bring them under
  6. help protect
  7. Earth's greatest
  8. our oxygen must be
  1. "heart-breaking"
  2. wonders
  3. world
  4. protected
  5. one
  6. dangerous
  7. control
  8. leader

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Amazon (1) ___________________. French President Emmanuel Macron said (2) ___________________ "international crisis". He (3) ___________________ is needed. World leaders at (4) ___________________ should talk about them. He tweeted: "Our (5) ___________________....The Amazon rain forest... (6) ___________________. It is an international crisis."

German's (7) ___________________ fires an "acute emergency". She said they were (8) ___________________ whole world. The UK leader (9) ___________________ "heart-breaking". He wants to (10) ___________________ control "and help protect one of (11) ___________________". The UN said: "The Amazon [and our oxygen] (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheAmazonrainforestisburning.FrenchPresidentEmmanuelMacrons
aiditisan"internationalcrisis".Hesaidurgentactionisneeded.Worldlea
dersattheG7summitshouldtalkaboutthem.Hetweeted:"Ourhouseis
burning....TheAmazonrainforest...isonfire.Itisaninternationalcrisis.
"German'sleadercalledthefiresan"acuteemergency".Shesaidtheywe
redangeroustothewholeworld.TheUKleadercalledthefires"heart-b
reaking".Hewantstobringthemundercontrol"andhelpprotectoneofE
arth'sgreatestwonders".TheUNsaid:"TheAmazon[andouroxygen]m
ustbeprotected."

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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