Active Listening Worksheet 1 – Nature Video

To practise active listening, it’s best to work with short extracts at a time.  

Click on the link below to watch the beginning of the video.  As you listen, fill in the blanks.  

Video: Nature – Handing on a sustainable future

Listen and complete the sentences. (NB Each line represents a missing word.)

  • What should we leave _______   ________   ___________?
    • Most people agree we ought to __________    ________ ,  _________    ______     ____________, for _______   _________.
      • But we’re not _______   _______    _____     ______. Why is that?
        • How can we better cooperate _______   ________    __________    ________     _______?
        • Traditionally, economists have assumed in their models that  ____’____    ________     _________ _______    __________.
      • Most public policies try to get selfish people to ___________   ______    ________     ___________ _________.
  • For example, being rewarded for _________    _______    ________    _________; or having ______   _________    _____    ________    __________     _____    _______     _______.
  • But there’s evidence that ___’_____   _________   _____   ___________     _____    ________    _________   _________, if ________   _______   ___________.
  • A team from Harvard ________   _________  ________   _______   ___________.
  • They recruited several generations ______   _________   ________   ____    __________    _________.
  • Each generation had _________   ___________   __________   ______   _________   ___________   _________   ____________.

To get the most out of the exercise, make sure you look carefully at any differences with your own answers, however small.  Pay special attention to the ends of words and any plural nouns. This type of dictation can help you to diagnose problems that you may have in writing as well as in listening. For example, if you wrote ‘reusing your plastic bag’ instead of ‘bags’ then you may make mistakes with singular / plural nouns in your writing as well. Or perhaps you have difficulty hearing the end of a word when you are listening. This is very important for the IELTS listening test because sometimes you may need to write a plural instead of a singular noun. Use your knowledge of grammar to help you check this.   Once you have checked and corrected your answers, listen again and try to hear the words that are written below.

Answers:


1) …for future generations

2) …preserve resources, like the environment, (for) the future.

3) …very good at it

4) …with generations that follow us

5) …we’re mostly rational and selfish

6) …behave for the overall good

7) …reusing your plastic bags (or having) to pay if you want a new one.

8) …we’re willing to cooperate for the greater good, (if) others do too

9) …put this to the test

10)…of players for an online game

11)… five members and a hundred units to share

 

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