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Academic English

“Saving the Earth”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate recycling man – girl 01:07

Pre-Listening Exercise

[ Randall created this listening activity on saving the environment with his daughter, Aubrey. She has appeared in many conversations on this site, including another one on saving the planet called, “Water Conservation,” produced in December 2016. ]


“be way out in left field” = be totally wrong
Some people thought the scientist was way out in left field when he suggested that cooking oil could be recycled to power car engines. In the end, the scientist was right.”

“scratch the surface” = only begin to deal with a small part of the problem
The government is only beginning to scratch the surface in dealing with serious environmental issues.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

Conduct research on how paper and glass are recycled and then report on the types of products that are produced from these recycled materials. Review how paper and other products are being overused at your home, school, or business, and propose ideas on how to reduce excess waste and promote recycling.

Online Investigation

What recycling programs are set up in your city to handle waste? What kinds of items can be recycled? What are the recycling guidelines?

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