Actueel lesmateriaal voor lesmethodes Engels van Malmberg

Welkom op de blogspot Engels van uitgeverij Malmberg voor gebruikers van All right!, Realtime en Of Course! U vindt hier actuele video's voorzien van opdrachten, voor verschillende vaardigheden en op verschillende ERK-niveaus. Leuk én leerzaam om de les mee te beginnen of af te sluiten!
Daarnaast maakt Malmberg verschillende keren per jaar een actuele leesopdracht voor Engels, afwisselend op niveau A2, B1 en B2. U vindt ze hier.

vrijdag 24 mei 2019

Every Little Thing Counts

From global warming to endangered animals, the future of our planet is at risk. We can all do more to protect our environment. But many of us don't know where to begin. There is a plan for just those people.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • endangered - used to describe a type of animal or plant that has become very rare and that could die out completely
  • living legend - a famous or important person who is known for doing something extremely well and is still alive
  • cultivated fields - fields that are prepared and used for growing plants
  • plight - a very bad or difficult situation
  • roots - the parts of plants that grow underground
  • shoots - the parts of new plants that are just beginning to grow above the ground
  • to make an impact - to have a powerful or big effect
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What inspired Dr. Jane Goodall to go to Africa?

  2. How does Roots & Shoots work?

  3. Why did Dr. Jane Goodall found Roots & Shoots?

  4. Name the three areas on which Roots & Shoots projects focus.

  5. Go to the Roots & Shoots website to find out if the programme is currently active in your area.

vrijdag 17 mei 2019

Up in the Air

Summer vacation is coming up. Good times for airline companies.
Travelling by plane has never been more popular. But flying contributes to climate change.
Now what?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • a significant number - very many; so many that it really makes a difference
  • carbon footprint - a measurement of the amount of carbon dioxide that your activities produce
  • fuel - a material (such as coal, oil, or gas) that is burned to produce heat or power
  • via another airport - by departing from another airport
  • to offset - to cancel or reduce the effect of something
  • online calculators - websites that do the math for you
  • to tackle a problem - to deal with a problem
  • to reduce the impact of flying - to make the (negative) effect of flying smaller
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. When you think of flying, what is the best thing you can do to help our climate?

  2. Laura Foster explains what you can do to reduce the carbon footprint of your flight.
    How many things does she name?

  3. Name three or more of these things you could do yourself.

  4. How does “Offset your flight” work?

  5. Do all these things really reduce the impact of flying on climate change?

vrijdag 10 mei 2019

The Thing About Biodiversity

Hundreds of thousands of different species of animals and plants are facing extinction. The United Nations says that this is all because of human activity: all sorts of things we humans are doing.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • biodiversity - the existence of many different kinds of plants and animals in a particular area or in the world generally
  • variety of all life - all the many different sorts of life on earth
  • immense - very large
  • secure - safe
  • towering forests - forest with very tall trees
  • pollinator - something, such as an insect, that carries pollen from one plant or part of a plant to another
  • to keep in supply - to store something; to make sure there is enough of something
  • coral reefs - larger areas of coral that can be found in warmer parts of the ocean
  • mangrove swamps - an area of very wet, soft land where mangroves (tropical trees) grow
  • to drop - to go down in number, to become less
  • catastrophic - as bad as a big catastrophe or disaster
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Complete the statement: The more biodiversity the more .......

  2. Why do we humans need forests?

  3. Why do we humans need pollinators, soil organisms and plankton?

  4. Why do we humans need strange plants deep in jungles?

  5. What is happening with biodiversity? It is:
    a. dropping,
    b. increasing,
    c. staying the same everywhere.

vrijdag 19 april 2019

Buzz Buzz Buzz!

It is an early, warm spring. You may have already spotted some bees. Bees can be found in many different countries.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • massive - very large in number or size
  • (bee) combs - a group of wax cells with six sides that are built by bees; the bees keep young bees or honey in these cells
  • hornet - a very large wasp
  • to be under attack - to be attacked
  • predator - an animal that lives by killing and eating other animals
  • to intercept - to stop and take something that is going from one place to another place before that thing gets there
  • foraging - searching for food
  • to strike - to attack suddenly
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Fill in the missing number:
    Each of these massive combs can contain ........... wild bees.

  2. Can hornets catch the bees easily?

  3. How many bees are on the cliff in the video clip?
Watch an extra video about these bees here.

vrijdag 12 april 2019

The Blue Bandit

Wiebe Wakker went for a ride in his car. His car is called the Blue Bandit. It is a special car and it was a special ride.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • epic journey - very impressive trip
  • a bandit - a gangster
  • online donations - money people give through a website
  • to plot your course - to plan your route or journey in detail
  • to prove someone wrong - to do something in order to show that someone had an incorrect idea or opinion
  • prejudices - unfair or unreasonable opinion about something or someone
  • reliable - good, to be trusted
  • insane - very foolish, sort of crazy
  • inspire - to make someone want to do something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



(B1) Answer the questions.
  1. Where did Wiebe’s journey begin and end? 
  2. Is Wiebe's Blue Bandit a regular car? Explain your answer. 
  3. Where did Wiebe get the money to make his trip?
  4. What was Wiebe’s goal with his trip?

(A2) Fill in the numbers:
  1. Wiebe Wakker and his Blue Bandit drove ................. days.
  2. Wiebe Wakker drove through ................. countries.
  3. Wiebe Wakker drove nearly ................. kilometers.
  4. Wiebe Wakker’s journey started in March .................
  5. The Blue Bandit is one of only ................. of such electric cars ever made.

vrijdag 5 april 2019

Dumbo

Have you seen the new Dumbo movie yet? Disney has just released a remake. In the film, Danny DeVito plays Max Medici, the owner of a circus.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • in captivity - not free; kept in a cage or something similar
  • to run away - to leave your home suddenly without permission and go somewhere else to live
  • doing voice-overs - speaking words in a movie or television programme without being seen
  • gruff - rough or rather unfriendly or very serious
  • to survive - to continue to exist
  • similar to - almost the same as someone or something else
  • he has a big heart - he is very generous and kind
  • emotions - feelings
  • xenophobia - fear of strangers or foreigners
  • to embrace - to accept and support someone and believe in them
  • confidence - the feeling that you can do something well or succeed at something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. According to Danny DeVito, where do animals belong?

  2. Danny says: “In Dumbo, we have people from all over the world.”
    Name three or more countries where these people come from.

  3. In what way is Max Medici different from the characters DeVito usually plays?

  4. When people look at Dumbo, what do they feel or do?

  5. One of the messages that you get out of the movie is that you have to embrace people for who they are.
    Explain what this means.

vrijdag 29 maart 2019

Brexit, Again...

What is going on in London?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to reject - to refuse to accept
  • in deadlock - in a situation in which nothing happens because all sides cannot come to an agreement
  • to stick to your guns - to continue to have a particular opinion, plan, etc., even when other people criticize you and say that you are wrong
  • perilously close - dangerously close
  • extension - extra time allowed for doing something
  • to extend - to make something longer or greater
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Fill in the missing words:
    Brexit means ..... and we’re going to make a ..... of it.
    We will leave the EU on the ....

  2. Did things go exactly as planned?

  3. What did Theresa May write in her letter to Donald Tusk?

vrijdag 22 maart 2019

Super Bloom

Spring is a time when we can see nature’s amazing powers with our own eyes.
Just check out these recent sights in California.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • drought - a long period of time during which there is very little or no rain
  • to celebrate - to do something special or enjoyable for an important event
  • consumed by drought - destroyed by a long period of no rain
  • to prove - to show that something is true
  • awash with wildflowers - covered with many, many flowers
  • poppies - plants with bright red or orange flowers
  • to appreciate - to understand the worth or importance of something
  • pathetic - very bad, almost stupid
  • vast desert - large area of very dry land
  • scorching - very hot
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What is a “super bloom”? Also explain what makes it happen.

  2. What does this super bloom prove according to park ranger Dennis Stephen?

  3. Some people like to get very close to the flowers. Is this okay? Explain your answer.

  4. Is this year's super bloom in California popular?

  5. How long does the super bloom last?

vrijdag 15 maart 2019

March News

What’s up in the world this month?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to propose - to suggest something like a plan or an idea to others
  • planes grounded - Airplanes that are “grounded” are prevented from flying.
  • to smash records - to break existing records with far better performances or achievements
  • pristine - not changed by people; left in its natural state
  • samples - small amounts of something that give information about the thing it was taken from
  • to accumulate - to become more gradually as time passes
  • soil - the top layer of earth in which plants grow
  • species - a group of animals or plants that are similar and can produce young animals or plants
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



For A2 listeners
Watch the video until 1:28.
Answer the first three questions.

1. How old is the World Wide Web this month?
2. When did the first website in the world go online?
3. How many websites are there today?

For B1 listeners
Watch the video until 3:45.
Answer all six questions.

4. Which information can be found on a black box?
5. How many million dollars has the Captain Marvel film made already? 
6. Which materials does Phoebe, the penguin researcher, analyse for her research?

vrijdag 8 maart 2019

Wolves

Wolves were gone from the Netherlands. But they are back. Between November last year and January this year at least four wolves were spotted.
In the United States wolves also almost became extinct (uitgestorven). This has changed.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • predator - an animal that lives by killing and eating other animals
  • a howl - a long, sad sound
  • northern hemisphere - northern half of the earth
  • canines - dogs
  • wolf pack - a group of wolves, that live and hunt together
  • cohesive units - closely united groups
  • hierarchy - system in which all elements (people, animals, or things) are arranged according to their importance
  • to show your affection - to show that you like someone or something
  • exterminated - killed
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How many species of wolves are there?

  2. Which species of wolves can be found in both the U.S. and the Netherlands?

  3. How many wolves generally form a wolf pack?

  4. “Each wolves howl is unique.” Explain what this means. Use examples from the video.

  5. Name at least 2 reasons why wolves almost became extinct in the U.S.

vrijdag 1 maart 2019

Nature's Vanishing Trick

Biodiversity refers to all the different kinds of living organisms (animals and plants) in a place on earth. The UN just published a study warning that biodiversity is in decline (aan het afnemen). Teenager Lily Macfarlane made a short video to try and explain why the loss of biodiversity, extinction and vanishing species really matter.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • tansy beetle - groot goudhaantje (een keversoort)
  • banks of a river - the higher ground along the edge of a river
  • far from it - almost the opposite is true
  • species - a group of animals or plants that are similar and can produce young animals or plants
  • extinction - a situation in which something no longer exists
  • abroad - in foreign countries
  • Shifting Baseline Syndrome - het syndroom van de verschuivende ijkpunten: For example, winters used to be much colder in the Netherlands. This has been changing for years, so we start to forget the colder winters and use the higher temperatures as the new normal. Result: the baseline has shifted from colder to warmer temperatures.
  • decline - a change to a lower number or amount
  • bleak - not hopeful or encouraging
  • enriched - better, more beautiful, of a higher quality
  • reversed - turned around
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How many species in Britain are currently in decline?

  2. Name two or more animals that are threatened to disappear.

  3. Is the decline of biodiversty irreversible (onomkeerbaar)?
Extra questions for more advanced listeners:
  1. Explain what Lily means with the expression “the vanishing trick”.

  2. Why should you care about the disappearance of a beetle or a bird?

vrijdag 8 februari 2019

Out in the Cold

Yup, it’s still winter and really cold in some parts of the world. Northern USA and Canada are in the grip of the polar vortex. How did it all happen?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • in a freeze frenzy - influenced and controlled by the effects of the freezing weather
  • to undergo changes - to go through changes
  • weather officials - people who work at organisations where the weather is studied
  • frostbite - injury to someone caused by severe cold, usually to their toes, fingers, ears, or nose
  • windchills - temperatures that shows how cold the air feels because of the wind
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Where is the polar vortex actually?

  2. How high up is the polar vortex?

  3. Name two or more effects of the extreme cold.

  4. Which two warnings have weather officials given?

  5. How cold can the windchills get?

vrijdag 1 februari 2019

House on Fire

Last week, world leaders and business chiefs met in Davos to talk about global issues and solutions. 16-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden was there too. She presented her point of view on climate action.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • lack of effective change - not enough action to make real changes
  • price tag - the amount of money that something costs
  • to acknowledge - to admit; to say that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of something
  • broad public awareness - the situation that many people know that something exists or is happening
  • homo sapiens - the human race; all human beings
  • to gain notoriety - to become well-known for things you do or say
  • mature - having the mental and emotional qualities of an adult and acting like that
  • to uphold an agreement - to give support to an agreement and stick to it
  • to adhere to environmental regulations - to act in the way that is required by the rules for making and keeping the world healthy
  • unspoken sufferings - physical or mental pain which is understood without being directly said aloud
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What does Greta mean when she suggests that ‘the house is on fire’?

  2. What does Greta want of the world leaders?

  3. Greta says: ‘Their financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag.’ What is this ‘price tag’ she is talking about?

  4. According to Greta, is it too late to do anything? Explain your answer.

  5. Does Greta think it will be an easy task to solve the climate crisis? Explain your answer.

- Watch Greta’s full speech here.
- Also listen to Greta’s message to Davos before leaving by train from Stockholm to Switzerland.
- Children all over the world are concerned about climate change. Check out this earlier video with students in Australia.

Extra speaking assignment
Greta Thunberg started the climate strike movement, young people skipping school to draw attention to the issue of climate change.
1. How do you feel about going on a school strike because of climate change?
2. Split the class in two.
3. One side thinks of arguments for striking, the other against striking.
4. Have a class discussion.

vrijdag 25 januari 2019

Enjoy Your Meal!

Many countries have their own food guides. Food guides give guidelines for healthy eating: what you should eat and how much you should eat. Canada has just released a new food guide. Alexia Sabau takes a closer look.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to drop something from the menu - to leave something out or not include it in the foods that are served at a meal
  • a powerful resource - a very useful collection of information
  • a static document - a document that is fixed, it is never changed
  • dietary knowledge - knowledge about the kinds and amounts of food we eat
  • veggies - vegetables
  • pop - a sweet fizzy drink (= with bubbles), usually with a fruit flavour
  • nutrients - substances that plants, animals, and people need to live and grow
  • juice box - a small carton of fruit juice
  • a beverage - a drink
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Alexia is looking at some breakfast things. Which of these things are no longer thought to be healthy?

  2. How is this food guide different from older food guides in Canada?

  3. How many teaspoons of sugar are there in a juice box?

  4. In which healthy foods can you find vitamin C?

  5. Forget about milk for a moment. Which other foods contain calcium?

  6. How many glasses of milk in a day is too much?

Extra speaking or writing assignment
 Answer the following question.
“Canada no longer recommends milk and juice and now the suggested beverage of choice is water.”
What is your reaction to that?

vrijdag 18 januari 2019

An Icy Sight

Did aliens create this beauty?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • frigid - very cold
  • disc - a flat, thin, round object
  • the far side of the moon - the side of the moon away from the earth
  • to spin - to turn around in circles
  • rotation - the act or process of moving or turning around a central point
  • unheard-of - very unusual, not heard of before
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. When was the ice disc first spotted?

  2. How cold is it in Westbrook, Maine?

  3. How wide is the ice disc?

  4. Is this the first time people have seen such an ice disc?

  5. Is the ice disc still spinning?