Advanced English Listening Exercise - Forests and Man

Advanced English Listening Exercise - Forests and Man


  • Instructions
  • Copy the text below and paste it in a text-editing program (Microsoft Word/ Open office, etc.).
  • Play the audio and fill in the blanks in the text you have pasted in the text-editing program.
  • Answer the questions in the test below.
  • Download the Answer Sheet (Quiz questions included.)

Advanced English Listening Practice

Forests and Man

1. Listen to the text and fill in the blanks.

Trees first appeared on __________ more than 380 million years ago. But what do we know of them?
A tree never __________, but finds the food it needs where it’s planted. To live and __________, it takes in water, light, energy and carbon dioxide from the air. The tree draws its raw materials from the environment, and turns them into __________, branches, and trunk. At the same time a tree gives off oxygen.
The planet’s __________ are home to more than half of its species.
Half of the forest that existed at the dawn of agriculture has since been __________.
Since 1950, the world population has risen nearly threefold, whereas our consumption of __________ is up more than five-fold. Paper: by six fold.
We are cutting trees down by the __________ to plant soybeans and to produce millions of tons of meat.

When forests are cleared, it is not just __________ that are endangered. Trees are living __________, and we are constantly learning more about them. Half of our medications come from the plant __________. The human body seems to recognize and be healed by remedies derived from __________. Our cells speak the same language. We are of the same __________.

Forests are the guardians of __________. They are like sponges: absorbing water during floods and giving it back during droughts. __________ million people live in forests the world over. All of us rely on all the benefits the forests bestow. They produce the __________ we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the medications that maintain our __________.


2. Important Vocabulary:

carbon dioxide a colorless, odorless, gas, CO2
a chemical that is found in the air with no smell or taste
the natural world around us
by three times; three times as much
a medicine or treatment of a disease
to absorb
to take in
a long period without rain
to rely
to depend on something/ somebody
to bestow
to give, to present
to breathe
to take air into the lungs and then let it out
the air taken into or let out from the lungs

3. Answer the questions:

1. Trees appeared on Earth more than:
2. To live and grow a tree takes in:
3. A tree gives off:
4. More than half of all species on our planet live in forests.
5. Since the dawn of agriculture:
6. Since the 1950's paper production has increased:
7. To produce meat we are cutting down trees:
8. Half of the medications come from the animal kingdom:
9. How many people live in forests around the world?
10. Forests are important to humans because:

Source:  YouTube 19.05.2015

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