Welcome! This site is for students to practice their English and keep up to date with environmental issues.

You can find a mixture of reading, crosswords, videos and short English lessons: these will normally be vocabulary, but I may also treat you to some grammar!

There are now over 240 lessons on this blog. Look through the Blog archive, Post labels and Popular Posts to find what you want.

If you want to print a lesson, click on the lesson title and then look for the Print Friendly icon.

''Let nature be your teacher''
William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

''Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift''
Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Schwarzenegger says green quest goes on - video lesson 8

Here is a short video with Arnold Schwarzenegger speaking about renewable energy in the USA.
You may be surprised at how much he knows about this subject!
Watch the video and then answer these questions:
1) California is          % more energy efficient that the rest of the USA.
2) If the USA were energy efficient it could close          % of its coal power plants.
3) ''The future is                                                            ,
4) What does Mr Schwarzenegger say about America's energy plan?

What do you think? Is he right?

Answers below!

1) 40%
2) 75%
3) Green energy, sustainability and renewable energy
4) There is no plan!

The birth and spread of national parks

Level: Advanced / C1

Here is a BBC travel article about the history of national parks around the world.
Read the article and then answer these questions:
1) Which was the first national park in the world?
2) Who founded the Sierra Club?
3) Where is the Royal National Park?
4) How many national parks are the in the world now?
5) Where is Band-e-Amir?

Answers below!


1) Yellowstone, USA
2) John Muir
3) Australia
4) More than 4,000
5) Afghanistan

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Bison, vodka and Poland's primeval forest - video lesson 7

Level: Advanced / C1

Here is a good, short (four minute) video about Bialowieza Forest in Poland.
Watch it and then answer these questions:
1) How many Bison are in Bialowicza?
2) Who is Mateusz Szymura?
3) What did he study?
4) How many tree species are there in the forest?
5) Complete the quote form Mr Szymura:
     ''Our goal is to protect the ______________''

Answers below!


1) 500
2) Park Ranger / Guide
3) Forestry
4) 24
5) (natural) process

Monday, 23 April 2012

On the beach - crossword

Time to start thinking about booking your summer holiday!
Better start practising the vocabulary too!
On the beach crossword

Friday, 20 April 2012

Butterflies in Britain

Level: Advanced / C1

Here is a short reading lesson based on a BBC article: Rare UK butterflies 'bounce back'

Read the article and then answer the following questions:
1) What caused the increase in butterflies?
2) Who does Tom Brereton work for?
3) How many species of butterfly can be found in Britain?
4) Why does the Peacock butterfly have large dots on its wings?
5) What is the UK's largest resident butterfly?

Answers below!

1) Record-breaking temperatures and dry weather
2) Butterfly Conservation
3) 58
4) To frighten away or divert predators
5) Swallowtail