This listening practice is about the current world issue of plastic straws and how they affect the environment. This is the type of listening you are likely to hear in section 4 of the listening test. Furthermore, the ideas are useful to learn for your writing and speaking test. It is also something I feel very strongly about. We all know about the problems of plastic straws, but how many of us are choosing not to use them? Hopefully this listening practice will remind us all about the importance of not using such pollutants.

In the IELTS listening test, you can listen only once. For this lesson, read the questions and make a note of keywords before you listen to the audio. You will always have time to do this in the real test.

## Listening Practice Lesson for IELTS

**Listening Questions 1- 6**

Complete the sentences with words from the recording. Use no more than two words and/or a number.

- Plastic straws have a limited ……………… owing to their predominantly single usage.
- These straws do not …………….. and can pollute the environment for hundreds of years.
- ……………….. straws are thought to be used annually in the UK.
- Kasey Turner found ………… straws during her 20-minute ………………
- One plastic straw was even found in the airway of a …………………
- Understanding the relationship between what we do and the negative ……………. can be a motivation for ………..

**Recording**

Source: This article was adapted from 1millionwomen.com.au and also bbc.co.uk/news

**Answers:**

Post your answers in the comments box below.

I will post the answers on Saturday.

All the best

Liz

**Raising Awareness of Plastic Straws**

If you would like to learn about about the effects of plastic straws, watch the video footage of the endangered sea turtle mentioned above. **Click here: ****Effect of Straws on a Sea Turtle**. The video is distressing to watch – be warned!!

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(1) life span

(2) biodegrade

(3) 8.5 billion

(4) 319, snorkel

(5) outcome, change

1. Life span

2. Biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4.319

5. Sea turtle

6. Outcome/change

1. lifespan

2. biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319/ snorkle

5. sea turtle

6. impact/change

1)once

2)biodigradable

3)A plastic

4)319

6)outcomes ,change

1. Life span

2. biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319 , walk

5. Sea Turtle

6. Outcome, change

1 lifespan

2 biodegrade

3.8.5 billion

4. 319 snorkel

5

6outcomes

7 change

1 Short lifespan

2 degrade

3 8.5billion

4 319 snorkel

5 sea turtle

6 outcome change

1. Lifespan

2.Biodegrade

3. 8.5billion straws

4. 319

5. Sea turtle

6.

1. Lifespan

2. Biodegrade

3. 8.5 billions

4. 319, snorkel

5. Parasite Worm

6. Iutcomes, change

Answers to the listening practice on plastic straws

1 LIFESPAN

2 BIODEGRADE

3 8.5BILLION

4 319, SNORKEL

5 SEA TURTLE

6 OUTCOMES, CHANGE

2. recycle 3. 8.5 billion 4. 319 5 sea turtle 6

lifespan

biodegrade

Plastic

319 snorkel

costarica

devastation environment

1. life span

2. degrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319, snow walks

5. sea trutle

6. actions, devastating outcomes

Thank you for the good guidance

lifespan

biodegrade

8.5 Bn

319

Snorkle

Sea turtle

outcomes

change

1.life span

2.Degrade

3.8.5 billion

4.319 ,snorkling

5.parasitic worm

6.Outcomes,Change

1. Lifespan

2. Biodegrade

3. 8.5billion

4. 319, snow c

5. Sea turtle

6. Actions

7. Change

1. Lifespan

2. Biodegrade

3. Plastic

4. 319 billion straws

5. Sea turtle

6. Outcomes, change

1. lifespan

2. breakdown

3. 8.5billion

4. 319 & snowcall – not sure about this

5. turtle

6. outcome & change

ANSWERS

1. LIFE SPAN

2. BIODEGRADE

3. 8.5 BILLION

4. 319/ SNOW BALLS

5. COASTAL RICA

6. OUTCOMES/ CHANGE

Here are the answers:

1. Life span

2. Biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319 / Snorkeling

5. Sea turtle

6. outcome / change

1 life span

2 Biodegradable

3 8.5 billion

4.319. snow cold

5.sea turtle

6.effect. change

Hello Liz

My name is Amandeep Kaur and I’m attempting this test for the very first time.I came across your site as many friends of mine recommended your site for preparation. I’d never attended any class. I know I need a lot of improvement and I’m just posting the answers. Fingers crossed 🤞

1. Life span

2. Biodegrade

3. 8.5 billuon.

4. i. 310 ii. Snow Squall

5. Sea turtle, Stop Using.

Answers:

1) lifespan

2) biodegrade

3) 8.5 billion

4) 319, snorkel

5) sea turtle

6) outcomes, change

1. Life span

2. Degraded

3. 8.5 billions

4. 319 straws

5. Sitertor

6a reaction

6b change

Plz where am i to post the answers.

1. Lifespan

2.biodegrade

3. 8.5billion

4. 319

5. Snorkeling

6.outcomes

7.Change

Thanks Liz, your lessons has improved my English in such a short time.

1. Lifespan

2. Biodegrade

3. 8.5 Billion

4. 319, Snorkil

5. Turtle

6. Outcome, Change

1 use life

2 decompose

3 8.5 billlions

4 319, walk

5 sea turtle

6 impact ,action

1) lifespan

2) degrade

3) 8.5 billion

4) 319

5) sea turtle

6) outcomes; change

I am not able to catch the second answer for the fourth question.

Biodegrade is the answer for the second one.

1. Lifespan

2. Biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319

5. Snorkeling, sea turtle

6. Outcome, change

1. Plastic straws have a limited LIFE-SPAN owing to their predominantly single usage.

2. These straws do not BREAK DOWN and can pollute the environment for hundreds of years.

3. SINGLE-USE straws are thought to be used annually in the UK.

4. Kasey Turner found 319 straws during her 20-minute SNORKEL.

5. One plastic straw was even found in the airway of a SEA TURTLE.

6. Understanding the relationship between what we do and the negative OUTCOME can be a motivation for CHANGE.

Thanks very much Mrs Liz. Have been enjoying your lessons and I believe, I can make my desire band score soon

2. biodegrade

3. 8.5 billions

4. sea turtle

5. 30019,snow core

6. ,environment

1. Short lifespan

2. Biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4.319, snorkol

5. Costa Rica

6. Outcomes, change

2. biodegrade

3. 8.5 billions

4. sea turtle

5. 30019,snow core

6. ,environment

1. Once

2. Biodegrad

3. 1.5 billion

4. 3,19 straws

5. Plastic straw

6. Stop using

1. Lifespan

2. Biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319, circle

5. seaturtle

6. Connections, change

Life spane

Degree

8.5billion

390

Sink

Catalist. Change

1. life span

2. biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319, snow crawling

5. sea turtle

6. actions, change

hello liz,

Thanks for the listening practice lesson

let me give answers for the topic

1. life span

2.Biodegrade

3.8.5 billion

4.319, snow kill

5. sea turtle

6. outcomes, stop using them

1. lifespan

2. biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319

snorkel

5. sea turtle

6. outcome

change

life wspan

Biodegredate

3.9 million

319 straws

Snowcore

Sea turtle

Outcome

Change

1. Lifespan

2. Biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. a)319 , b) knuckle

5. Sea turtle

6. a) outcome b) change

Thanks for this educative practice. I do enjoy your teaching.

Listening practice answer.

1: Lifespan

2: Biodegrade

3: 8.5 billion

4: 319, snowcats

5: Sea turtle

6 Outcome, change

1.life-span

2.bio-degrade

3.8.5 billion

4.390 … snow cool

5.sea tortole

6.negative …change

Hi Liz,.

Here are my answers

1. Lifespan

2. Biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319

5. Snorkel

6. Sea turtle

7. Outcomes

8. Change

1 lifespan

2 bio-degrade

3 8.5 million

4 319 simulation

5 Sea turtle

6 outcome change

I really to improve all the four skills with the help of your lessons

1. lifespan

2. break down

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319 / …

5. sea turtle

6. outcomes / change

1. Life span

2. Biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319, snooker

5. Sea turtle

6. Outcomes, change

1. Life span

2. Biodegradable

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319, snorkel

5. Sea turtle

6. Outcomes, change

Short span

Bio degradable

8.4 billion

319 million

Sea turtle

1] life span

2]degrade

3]8.5 million

4]390 straws, snow cold

5] parasitic worm

6]action, change

1.life span

2.biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319, snorkel

5.sea turtle

6.outcome, change

Life span

Degrade

8.56 billion390

Stockholm

Sea turtle

Use

Action

1) usage

2) degrade

3)8.5 billion

4) 319, scuba diving

5)sea turtle

1. life spin

2. biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319 , snorkel

5. sea turle

6. outcomes , change

1 life span

2 biodegrade

3 8.5 billion

4 319, snorkel

5 sea turtle

6 actions, change

8.1. lifespan

2. biodegrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319 , snorkel

5. sea turtle

6. outcome , change

thanks a lot

LIFESPAN/LIFE SPAN

BIODEGRADE

8.5 BILLION

319 – ?

SEA TURTLE

OUTCOMES-CHANGE

Hi Liz,my answers on straws listening test

Use

Biodegrade

8.5billion

319

Snowfall

Sea turtle

Actions

Change

1.once

2.breakdown

3.8,5 billion

4.319

snowcall

5.sea turtle,,,outcome

6.change

1. Lifespan

2. Biodegrade

3. Plastic

4. 319 smoko

5. Sea-turtle

6. Outcomes Catalyst

short life

biodegradable

8.5 billions

319

Nico

environment

outcomes

chnage

1)life-span

2)biodegrade

3)8.5 billion

4)319 snorkel

5)sea turtle

6) actions change

1.single

2.degrade

3.8.5bilion

4.319,circle dive

5.sea turtle

6.devastating,change

1 LOW

2 BIODEGRADE

3 8.5 BILLION

4 319, SUNCORE

5 SEA TURTLE

6 OUTCOMES

7 CHANGE

1) lifespan

2) biodegrade

3) 8.5 billion

4) 319, snowker

5) Sea turtle

6) Outcomes, change

1; life span

2; downgrade

3; 8.5billions

4; 319 & Snorkel

5; Sea turtle

6; outcome & Change

Lifespan

Biodegrade

8.5 Billion

319

Parasitic worm

Outcome

Change

PLASTIC STRAWS

1. life span

2. degrade

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319, snorkel

5. Sea Turtle

6. outcomes, change

1. life

2. recycled

3. 8.5 billion

4. 319, snorkel

5. sea turtle

6. outcome, change

1. LIFESPAN

2.DEGRADE

3.8.5 BILLION

4.319,SNORKEL

5.SEA TURTLE

6.OUTCOMES,CHANGE

Lifespan

Biodegrade

8.5 billion

319

Snorkel

Sea turtle

Outcome

Change

Lifespan

Biodegrade

8.5 Billiion

319

Parasitic worm

Outcome

Change

Life spam

Biodegrade

8.5 billion

319

Snorkel

Sea turtle

Impact

Change

1. LIFESPAN

2. DEGRADE

3. 8.5 BILLION

4. 390, WALK

5. SEA TURTLE

6. OUTCOMES, CHANGE