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"be way out in left field" = be totally wrong

"Some people thought the scientist was way out in left field when he suggested that cooking oil could be recycled to power car engines. In the end, the scientist was right."

"scratch the surface" = only begin to deal with a small part of the problem

"The government is only beginning to scratch the surface in dealing with serious environmental issues."

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[Text Completion | Quiz Script]

Saving the Earth
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

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[ Randall created this listening activity on saving the environment in 1999, featuring his daughter, Aubrey. She has appeared in many conversations on this site, including another one on saving the planet called, "Water Conservation," produced in December 2016. ]

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Name the three most important environmental issues today and propose solutions for each, including recycling.

HELPFUL TIP: Create an environmentally-friendly school or workplace by encouraging conversation. Something as simple as carrying a handkerchief to dry your hands can save paper used to make paper towels.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the interview by pressing the "Play" button of the audio type you want to hear, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is the name of the girl being interviewed?
A. Alice
B. Ellen
C. Alex

2. She says we should save water when ______________.
A. washing cars
B. cleaning clothes
C. taking a bath

3. The girl's second suggestion is about _____________.
A. separating different types of garbage
B. disposing of trash properly
C. having a family clean-up party

4. By recycling paper, we can ___________________.
A. protect the forests
B. cut down on waste
C. save money

5. What does the girl do once a month?
A. She visits a recycling center.
B. She cleans a neighborhood park.
C. She collects newspapers.

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script. Review the Text Completion Quiz.

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Conduct research on how paper and glass are recycled and then report on the types of products that are produced from these recycled materials. Review how paper and other products are being overused at your home, school, or business, and propose ideas on how to reduce excess waste and promote recycling.

Now, write your ideas on a similar topic at Randall's ESL Blog HERE.

Now, write your opinions on a similar topic at Randall's ESL Blog HERE.

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