FCE Vocabulary: Vocabulary Building (5)

It’s time for another vocabulary building exercise for the FCE exam. The topic of this week’s FCE vocabulary building is the environment.

Would you be able to answer if the examiner asked you the following questions on the Speaking exam?

  • Have there been any natural disasters in your country? If so, what happened?
  • Can you think of any ways in which pollution is affecting the environment?
  • Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future?

Or, would you be able to write a good article or essay on the second part of the FCE Writing paper? Remember, as most students go for the easy options (the letter or email), it is easier to achieve a good mark if you try a more adventurous option.

However, you need to make sure that you actually know how to do this type of exercise and that you know enough good vocabulary.

As always, start by writing down your answers and then analyse them:

  • Are the sentences grammatically correct?
  • Is the vocabulary extensive enough?
  • Can you improve your answers?

Many students would write or say something like this:

  • We had an earthquake in one part of my country.
  • A lot of buildings fell down.
  • Many people lost their homes.

By using a more sophisticated vocabulary, your phrases could look something like this:

  • A few years ago, we had an earthquake in the southern part of my country.
  • A number of buildings collapsed due to the quakes.
  • This caused several people to lose their homes.

FCE Vocabulary: The Environment

Here is an interactive drag and drop exercise on the environment which we hope you enjoy.


If you would like to do some more exercises like this, you can find more FCE vocabulary building exercises here: FCE Vocabulary.

If you would like to put your vocabulary into practice, why not try out one of our FREE FCE Practice Test for the FCE Reading Paper, including Use of English.

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