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The environment

With our English lessons for The environment you will learn "The environment" in 4 easy steps. The English you will learn in this lesson consists of 20 Words and phrases you can use to talk about the environment.

1recyclingrecycling
2tin cantin can
3batteriesbatteries
4glassglass
5paperpaper
6plasticplastic
7compostcompost
8rubbish dumprubbish dump
9the Earththe Earth
10global warmingglobal warming
11droughtdrought
12earthquakeearthquake
13floodflood
14traffictraffic
15exhaust emissionsexhaust emissions
16pesticidepesticide
17oil tankeroil tanker
18oil slickoil slick
19toxic wastetoxic waste
20nuclear power stationnuclear power station


These lessons are designed to be used by children and adults to learn new English ESL EFL vocabulary, phrases and simple sentences. The lessons are constructed so that any English learner can go through a simple series of steps to learn 10 or 20 new items of related English vocabulary in a topic. The lessons do not require the presence of an English teacher, and can be used by individual learners or by small groups.

The lessons use a technique called "3 stage questioning" to help ESL EFL learners to grasp the meaning of vocabulary and to start learning that vocabulary by heart. Each self-taught lesson begins with an introduction to a topic. The introduction shows a series of pictures which depict an item of vocabulary - either a noun, a verb or some other form of speech act. The English speech for that image is played, and the corresponding text is shown on the screen. The speech for each picture can be repeated by the learner. The learner is asked to repeat the spoken language a few times.

Once all 10 pictures have been viewed and the speech repeated, there are 3 stages of reinforcement offered to teach the learner the meaning of the vocabulary. The 3 stages of learning are:

  1. Yes or no?
    The learner is shown a picture and an English word or phrase is shown and played.
    The learner must decide if the two correspond.
  2. Either / or
    A picture is shown with two possible answers and the learner must say which answer matches the picture.
  3. What is it?
    Finally a picture is shown in combination with all 10 items of English in the topic.
    The learner must select the correct item of language.

The lessons can be studied mutliple times by the student, and English tests are also available if the student wishes to check their grasp of any particular topic.

Beginner lessons

The language in our beginner lessons has been carefully selected for children and adult learners beginning English for the first time. Each beginner lesson introduces the learner to 10 related words and phrases. The lessons available include "Family members", "Pets", "Numbers to 10" and 53 more! In the classroom, these lessons are suitable for primary pupils between the ages of 5 and 11.

Intermediate lessons

Our intermediate lessons are aimed at learners who have already started studying English. They are suitable for more advanced adult learners and for pupils between the ages of 11 and 16. Each intermediate lesson introduces 20 items of language. These lessons include more short English sentences in addition to words and phrases. The intermediate lessons include "Daily routine", "Places in town", "The environment", and over 50 other secondary lessons. At school, these lessons are suitable for secondary pupils between the ages of 11 and 16.


The 4 activities in each of our English lessons progress step by step to help you the beginner gradually master the topic vocabulary. These activities are based on '3 stage questioning', a method of learning that quickly and easily builds your confidence as you work through a short series of lesson activities that strengthen your knowledge of the English that you want to learn.

List of the learning lesson activities available for each English lesson

When you have completed the lesson for a topic, you should try some of our English games before finally doing the test for your chosen topic. See the Help box below for detailed instructions on how to use our lessons to help you learn your English more easily.

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Introduction to the English topic
The environment

You start the lesson with an activity that introduces the English words or sentences you will be learning. You will see a set of pictures one at a time, and for each picture you will see the written word and hear the English audio for that picture.

Introducing the language activity in the English lesson

You can repeat the audio for the picture by clicking on the brown telephone sign to the right of the picture. You can see the meaning of the English text by clicking on the language sign above the telephone. Move between pictures using the arrow buttons at the bottom. Say the words after you hear them. Also write down the words you see on the screen. Writing down the words a few times will help you to remember the vocabulary much better than just saying it.


Yes or No? lesson activity to learn English
The environment

In this activity, you will be shown the pictures one at a time. A voice will ask you whether this is a picture of... then play the English audio and show the written English words. You must decide whether these words match the picture or not. If you think they do, press the tick button. If you think the words are for a different picture, press the cross button.

The 'Yes or no' activity in the English lesson

If you are right, you get a gold star. If you are wrong a sign appears telling you what the correct answer was, and you get a red star with a cross. You can roll over these stars (gold for right, red and white if you got it wrong) to check the language for the items you got right / wrong and to see the text again for that item.


Either / Or lesson activity to learn English
The environment

This activity moves on from the 'Yes / No' activity and offers you two possible answers for each question. So, you will see a picture then a voice will ask "Is this a picture of... or is it a picture of ..." and you will have to choose which of the answers is the one that matches the picture.

The 'Either..Or..' activity in the English lesson

You choose an answer by clicking on the written words for that answer. You can play the audio for each answer again by clicking on the speaker button beside the written answer. The program will let you know each time whether you answered correctly. At the end of the activity, you can choose whether to repeat it or move on to the next one.


What is it? lesson activity to learn English
The environment

The final activity in the lesson shows you many possible answers for each question and you must choose the correct one. You are shown a picture and below it are a list of possible written answers from this topic. Clicking on the speaker button will play the English audio for that answer. For each picture, click on the writing that matches the picture. The program will tell you whether you are right or not.

The 'What is it?' activity in the English lesson

The lesson will go through all the pictures you learned in the introduction in random order. The written answers are always in the order that you learned them in the introduction to the language.

When you complete the 'What is it?' activity, you can choose whether to go on to play some games with this topic, or whether you want to repeat some or all of the activities in this lesson. You should expect to get 8/10 answers correct in most of the activities before going on to play the English games for this topic.

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