Friday, February 26, 2010

Seven Questions for Six Minutes: Plastic Pollution

Hello everyone. Here's a new comprehension exercise for you, from Six Minute English on the BBC's Learning English site. This week it is about the pollution caused by plastic material in the sea.

Listen to Dan and Kate and try to answer the questions. Read these questions first.

1. (Official question also posted on the 'Learn English' site)
     How many pieces of plastic are there in each average square kilometre of the world's oceans?
(a) 22 000 (b) 38 000 (c) 46 000 ?
You will hear the answer at the end of the programme.

2. How many of these are killed each year by plastic pollution?
(a) Sea birds (b) Mammals

3. What examples of litter are mentioned by the Dutch environment expert? You should be able to name four: ______ , _________ , _________ and ________ .

4. Can you complete this sentence? "_______ per cent of the plastic found in the ocean is _______ that has been thrown away _____ _______ ." [Each ___ represents one word.]

5. What weight, in tons, of plastic products are made each year?

6. And what percentage of this weight is used for packaging?

7. What are the 'three Rs' necessary in order to lower the amount of plastic waste?
    (a) R________ the amount of packaging;
    (b) R________ packaging more than once;
    (c) R________ the materials used.

That's enough questions. Now listen to the programme and write your answers on the Tag Board, or in a comment.

And do take note of the vocabulary. Each Six Minute English exercise has a very useful word list below it which expands to show you the meaning when you click on the '+' button.

That's it for now. Remember, I would very much love everyone to visit the Blog, try a site linked to it, and leave your comment on the site in a message to the Tag Board or a Comment. It does not matter whether you are a current student or not. Everyone is welcome.
More very soon indeed! - Mike

1 comment:

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