- 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|
|oxygen||a chemical that is found in the air with no smell or taste|
|environment||the natural world around us|
|threefold||by three times; three times as much|
|remedy||a medicine or treatment of a disease|
|to absorb||to take in|
|drought||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|
|breath||the air taken into or let out from the lungs|
3. Answer the questions:
Source: YouTube 19.05.2015