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T.19 - The Natural World

Listening Lesson: Talk to the animals!

Average: 3.5 (25 votes)

Talk to the animals!

This is a classic song from the musical, Doctor Dolittle, a story about a man who learns to talk with every animal in the world. There are many animals in the song and all you need to do is listen and complete the gaps with the animal you hear. However, there are only seven animals but ten gaps! Can you work out which other animals are missing? Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline

Adjectives Describing Animals

Average: 3.7 (32 votes)

How would you describe this baby meerkat?

I would describe it as fluffy, cute and playful!

This lesson focuses on adjectives to describe animals.

Some of the adjectives describe their appearance and some describe their personality.

All you need to do is choose which adjective you think best describes the animal in the sentence.

Use google to find pictures of the animals to help you with this lesson!

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Collective Nouns for Animals

Average: 3.6 (11 votes)

If there was a collective noun for a group of students what would it be?

Collective nouns are used to describe groups. E.g. we don't say a 'group of lions' we say 'a pride of lions'.

Can you guess which collective noun we use for which animal? Do you know any other collective nouns?
Lesson by Caroline Devane

Plant and Flower Idioms

Average: 3.6 (18 votes)

Have you come across these idioms before, which are all related to plants and flowers?

See if you can decide which idiom fits in which sentence and then post below what you think the idioms mean.

Do you know any other idioms that are related to flowers and plants?

Plant and Flower Idioms

Barking up the wrong tree - to be wrong about the reason for something.

Reading: Surprising Sharks

Average: 4 (9 votes)

I love sharks, though I wouldn’t get in the water with them like some of our crazy students in our Cape Town English school. I think they’re beautiful creatures. Here’s an article all about them with some key vocabulary taken out. Can you put the correct word in the correct gap?
Lesson by Caroline

Earth Day Reading - Upper Intermediate Level

Average: 3.7 (7 votes)

April 22, 2010 is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Started in America in 1970, Earth Day is a day of celebration and activism intended to raise _A_ of environmental issues.

In the News: Iceland volcano closes airports

Average: 3.9 (14 votes)

Here's a reading and vocabulary exercise on a story you may be following on the news.

Flights across much of Europe are being cancelled on a second day of _A_ disruption caused by_B_thrown up from a_C_in Iceland.

In the news: Haiti Earthquake / Level: High Intermediate

Average: 3 (20 votes)

Have you been following the news out of Haiti using English-speaking media. Here's some of the vocabulary that's being used. What are your thoughts on the earthquake. Do they happen in your country?

Environment Vocabulary - Saving our Planet

Average: 3.3 (11 votes)

Are you environmentally aware? Do you want to become an activist and try to change people's consumer habits?  Do you recycle and compost whenever possible? 

How many buzzwords connected to environmentalism do you recognize? 

Let's see how good you are.

This lesson was created by Evelyn Ono Vineberg, EC San Diego English School

In the news: natural disasters

Average: 3.7 (35 votes)

Mother nature can be a bit scary at times. When she is angry she can use her amazing powers to create destruction and chaos on our little planet. These days there seem to be more and more occurrences of natural disasters happening around the world.

Let's take a look at the names of the natural disasters that we can see on the news:

Avalanche