Have a good one!


Today’s online lesson works best with intermediate or upper-intermediate students.  It’s a listening exercise based on real speech and has a vocabulary part, as well as a listening gap filling exercise.  In this online English lesson we’re going to talk about the environment, a subject that’s always on the spotlight.  For this I’ve chosen a nice initiative, but if I tell you more, I’ll end up spoiling your fun, so let’s plunge in without further ado.


Answer these questions

What can you find in the sea?


coral reef









What can you find at the beach?








Can you describe the typical beach you would consider as a standard?

is this it?




I think for most people these images would be the paradigm of seas and beaches.












Please pay attention to these words,


Volvo Trucks                                                                Beaches


Skeleton                                  Sculptures                                             Hurting the oceans


Can you please make up a story using this vocabulary I just gave you?

If possible, post it in the comment box so we can have some feedback, don’t worry about spelling, all we want is to now what you are thinking.


Think about this

one man’s thrash is another man’s art

what’s the meaning of this?


morever, how can anyone make any use of this?  Sadly, uncountable beaches actualy look like this.


Match these words to their definitions


    1. Marine debris a) To stimulate; spur, to inspire (someone)
     2. Awareness b) An interruption in the course of a journey for stopping or visiting at a certain place.
     3. Stopover c) To make untidy by discarding rubbish carelessly.  Small refuse or waste materials carelessly dropped, especially in public places
     4. To threaten d) To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
     5. To litter e) Is human-created waste that has deliberately or accidentally become afloat in a lake, sea, ocean or waterway.  Oceanic debris tends to accumulate at the centre of gyres and on coastlines.
     6. To encourage f) An expression of an intention to inflict pain, injury, evil, or punishment.
     7. To choke g) The state or ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects or sensory patterns. A human’s or an animal’s perception and cognitive reaction to a condition or event.


When you are done continue scrolling down for the answers

























 Answers to word matching exercise

1e, 2g, 3b, 4f, 5c, 6a, 7d


Did you get them all right?  Congratulations!! (also if you didn’t, trying hard is also meritorious and is the basis of learning foreign languages)


Now I want you to listen to a short report on an initiative sponsored by Volvo, but before we do that

Read and answer these questions after you listen to the video



    1. what are the pieces made of?
    2. who organized the exhibition?
    3. why is this event being organized?
















 Answers to first listening exercise


    1. the pieces are made with marine debris.  With things found in the sea or shores
    2. the exhibition was organized by the artist’s collective Skeleton Seas and is sponsored by Volvo Ocean Race
    3. the event is being organized to raise awareness in general population, especially in children


Done?  Very well!!


After listening once or twice to this video, you are read to take the next step, filling some gaps from the text while you listen to it (the same video as before).   After you finish, you can check your answers below. Ready?


Please fill the gaps with words or phrases from the video


Volvo Trucks Skeleton Seas (transcript)


One man’s trash is another man’s art…

To open people’s eyes to just how badly our waste is hurting the oceans, and the wild life depending on it.  Like albatross birds, who mistake (1)________________________ and (2)________________________.  The surfer’s Artist Collective Skeleton Sea turns our garbage into sculptures. This year and next they are taking this (3)____________________ exhibition on a global tour with The Volvo Ocean Race.

“The garbage that we see it’s great material, it’s plastic that (4) _____________________________ and if this material.. so, To be creative with these things is a challenge for all of us to not to look at it as just garbage but as material and we can do something with this material.”

Skeleton Seas also organizes workshops, encouraging (5)___________________________ to become garbage artists themselves.  The art material is collected at volunteer beach cleans held at all the different stopovers, where everyone can join in.

The Skeleton Sea Partnership is one part of the Volvo Ocean Race Campaign ‘keep the oceans clean’, the goals is to raise awareness of pollution and threaten sea life in the oceans

“The ocean is the key part of the Volvo Ocean Race.  To sailors the oceans is (6)________________, their workplace, it’s their (7) ________________________ and it holds such an important part in their daily lives, so we wanted to do something that was relevant and incorporate a message that’s important for us as an organization as well as to the sailors, to all the audiences that we meet.

I hope that, that children especially take home that message of keeping the oceans clean, about not littering and thinking twice about the way that their actions (8)____________________ the ocean and if that’s the one thing that happens, children change their perspectives about how they act, then I will very happy.”

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPyLDmVXFp4

To check your answers keep scrolling down.





















Answers to gap fill exercise


1. plastics for food

2. choke to death

3. playfully serious

4. will last for long time

5. Race Village visitors

6. their home

7. source of inspiration

8. can impact




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