Vocabulary Lessons

"Outdoor Recreation"

Introduction

Camping, hiking, and fishing. These are just a few of the activities that people do to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Geography

  1. campsite
  2. canyon
  3. cliff
  4. desert
  5. forest
  6. gorge
  7. hill
  8. lake
  9. mountain
  10. peak
  11. ridge
  12. river
  13. stream
  14. trail
  15. valley
  16. waterfall
Verbs
  1. build a fire
  2. camp
  3. climb
  4. cross
  5. hike
  6. leave no trace
  7. rappel
  8. scale
  9. traverse
Equipment
  1. backpack
  2. bug spray
  3. clothing
  4. cooking stove
  5. first-aid kit
  6. flashlight
  7. food
  8. hiking shoes
  9. matches
  10. tent
  11. water filter

Practice

Please tell the hikers to stay away from the edge of the _____ at the top of the trail. We don't want anyone to fall off and get seriously injured.

Let's plan on ______ by the lake because there are many good places to pitch a tent.

Don't forget to pack a ______ because we will be hiking part of the time after sunset in the dark.

Follow-Up Activity

What are the most important points you look for when choosing an airline for your next flight? Rank the following points from the most to least important: price, destination, length of flight, on-time record, meals, comfort and seating, and customer service. Then, choose a destination and compare two different airlines and see which company suits your needs for your next flight.