Tuesday, September 13

Learn English With Songs: Big Yellow Taxi

This week's Pre-Intermediate listening lesson is a quiz on the song "Big Yellow Taxi".

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Task 1

Look at the the picture below. What do you think the song might be about?

Scroll down the page to read the lyrics of the song to get some hints if you need to.


image credit: Rakka on Flickr

Task 2

Here are some of the words you will hear in the song.

Use a dictionary to check the meaning of any words you don't know.

Make a list of other words you think you might hear when you listen.





Task 3

Watch the video and listen to the song.



Can you complete the gaps in the lyrics below?

Click here to download a worksheet to go with this activity >>

BIG YELLOW TAXI

They paved _________ and put up a parking lot,

With a pink _______ , a ________ , and a ______ hot spot,

Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you got till it's gone?

They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.

They took all the _______ , and put them in a tree ___________,

And then they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them!

Don't it always seem to go, That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?

They paved paradise, and put up a _________ lot

Hey farmer, farmer , put away your DDT,

Don't care about spots on my ________ , but leave me the ______ and the ____ - please!

Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you got till it's gone?

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

Listen, late last night, I heard the screen door _______,

And a big yellow _____ took my girl away,

Now don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you got till it's gone?

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.


Click here for an online crossword on the vocabulary for this lesson >>


Task 4

Discuss these questions with another student or friend, and compare your answers.


1) Why is it important to protect the environment?

2) Who is responsible for looking after the environment?

3) Is enough is being done preserve our planet for future generations? Why/Why not?



Related Activities:

Free Online Quizzes and Exercises about The Environment >>

Free Online Exercises for Pre-Intermediate English Students >>

Free Interactive Listening Activities for English Learners >>

Learn English With Songs - Online ESL Quizzes >>