Beekeeping is a way to collect honey, We discover the different jobs bees have in the colony and how hard worker bees have to work. In addition, we listen to a woman talking about beekeeping and why she chose to be a beekeeper.

  • Time

    20-30 minutes

  • Main Skill


  • Topic

    Environmental Issues - Beekeeping

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Every honeybee has a job to do. Some are nurses who take care of the brood; some are janitors who clean the hive; others are foragers who gather pollen to make honey.

You will hear a radio presenter talking to a woman called Maria about beekeeping. Listen to the interview and look at the questions. For each question, choose the correct answer, A, B or C.

1. What made Maria decide to start keeping bees?
2. Maria has enough time to keep bees because
3. What has been Maria’s biggest problem so far?
4. Maria’s bees once became angry because
5. When Maria needed a new queen bee,
6. Maria is amazed by a movement called the ‘waggle dance’ because it shows
7. What does Maria say her greatest success has been?
8. What makes Maria most optimistic about the future of bees?


Here are the keywords and phrases to learn:

  • abroad
  • aggressive
  • beekeeping
  • behaviour
  • challenging
  • colony
  • declining
  • diseases
  • documentary
  • drone
  • journalist
  • old fashion hobby
  • observe
  • population
  • replace
  • rewards
  • source of food
  • temperature
  • worker bee

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