The Reading / Listening - the Amazon fires - Level 2

The Amazon rainforest is burning at a scary rate. French President Emmanuel Macron said the record number of fires is an "international crisis". There has been an 85 per cent increase in fires this year. Mr Macron said urgent action is needed. He said the fires should be top of the agenda at the G7 summit of world leaders. He tweeted about how serious the fires are. He wrote: "Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produce 20% of our planet's oxygen - is on fire. It is an international crisis."



German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the fires an "acute emergency". She said they were "shocking". She added that the fires threatened Brazil, its neighbors, and the whole world. The UK leader Boris Johnson called the fires "heartbreaking". He said: "We stand ready to provide whatever help we can to bring them under control and help protect one of Earth's greatest wonders." UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity. The Amazon must be protected."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    the Amazon fires - Level 0 the Amazon fires - Level 1   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. rainforest is burning at
  2. Mr Macron said urgent action
  3. top of the
  4. the G7 summit of
  5. He tweeted about how serious
  6. Our house is
  7. 20% of our planet's
  8. It is an
  1. burning
  2. agenda
  3. international crisis
  4. a scary rate
  5. oxygen
  6. world leaders
  7. the fires are
  8. is needed

Paragraph 2

  1. Merkel called the fires an
  2. its neighbors, and the whole
  3. bring them under
  4. protect one of Earth's greatest
  5. In the midst of the global
  6. we cannot afford more
  7. a major source of
  8. The Amazon must
  1. damage
  2. wonders
  3. be protected
  4. world
  5. control
  6. oxygen
  7. climate crisis
  8. "acute emergency"

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Amazon rainforest is burning at (1) ___________________. French President Emmanuel Macron said the record number of fires is an "international crisis". There (2) ___________________ 85 per cent increase in (3) ___________________. Mr Macron said urgent action is needed. He said the fires should be top                            (4) ___________________ at the G7 summit of world leaders. He tweeted about how serious the fires are. He wrote: "Our                   (5) ___________________. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produce 20% of (6) ___________________ - is on fire. It is an international crisis."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (7) ___________________ an "acute emergency". She said they were "shocking". She added (8) ___________________ threatened Brazil, its neighbors, and (9) ___________________. The UK leader Boris Johnson called the fires "heartbreaking". He said: "We stand (10) ___________________ whatever help we can to bring them under control and help protect one of Earth's greatest wonders." UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "In (11) ___________________ the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a (12) ___________________ oxygen and biodiversity. The Amazon must be protected."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheAmazonrainforestisburningatascaryrate.FrenchPresidentEmma
nuelMacronsaidtherecordnumberoffiresisan"internationalcrisis".Th
erehasbeenan85percentincreaseinfiresthisyear.MrMacronsaidurge
ntactionisneeded.HesaidthefiresshouldbetopoftheagendaattheG7s
ummitofworldleaders.Hetweetedabouthowseriousthefiresare.Hewr
ote:"Ourhouseisburning.Literally.TheAmazonrainforest-thelungs
whichproduce20%ofourplanet'soxygen-isonfire.Itisaninternation
alcrisis."GermanChancellorAngelaMerkelcalledthefiresan"acuteem
ergency".Shesaidtheywere"shocking".Sheaddedthatthefiresthreat
enedBrazil,itsneighbors,andthewholeworld.TheUKleaderBorisJohns
oncalledthefires"heartbreaking".Hesaid:"Westandreadytoprovidew
hateverhelpwecantobringthemundercontrolandhelpprotectoneofEa
rth'sgreatestwonders."UNSecretary-GeneralAntonioGuterressaid:
"Inthemidstoftheglobalclimatecrisis,wecannotaffordmoredamageto
amajorsourceofoxygenandbiodiversity.TheAmazonmustbeprotecte
d."

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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