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Mission 1

Smarter cities?

Compétence : Parler en continu : je prends la parole pour donner mon opinion.

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In London, organisations are demanding changes to make the city greener, like electric double-decker buses! In Sydney, authorities plan on reducing water consumption dramatically by 2030. How do you imagine the future in your country?

01Future Cities

02A brighter future

03How will our future cities get greener?

How will our future cities look?

BBC News, 17 Feb. 2013.

Imagine a city of the future. Do you see clean streets, flying cars and robots doing all the work?
No-one really knows what the future holds, but the reality now is that our urban spaces are overcrowded and polluted. [...] The time is ripe, say experts, to start designing smarter urban environments [...].

Greenification [...Ideas] revolve around the idea that smarter equals greener. Sustainability experts predict carbon-neutral cities full of electric vehicles and bike-sharing schemes, with better air quality [...]. Visions of a green city often include the highest skyscrapers where living and office space vie with floating greenhouses or high-rise vegetable patches and green roofs [...]. Hug a tree - in Madrid there is a scheme to have citizens adopt a tree, to make them more aware of environmental needs.
Jane Wakefield, “How will our future cities look?”, BBC, 2013.

Vocabulary

Will

Observe: When you’re older, what will cities look like? They’ll look greener and smarter.
Think: Do these sentences describe a present situation? Do you conjugate a verb after will?
Practise: Predict 5 events that will happen in your town in the next 25 years to make it greener.

Phonology

Pronounce the -er suffix

greener, smarter, longer
healthier, cleaner, brighter
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DYS

How will our future cities look?

BBC News, 17 Feb. 2013.

Imagine a city of the future. Do you see clean streets, flying cars and robots doing all the work?
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No-one really knows what the future holds, but the reality now is that our urban spaces are overcrowded and polluted. [...] The time is ripe, say experts, to start designing smarter urban environments [...].

Greenification [...Ideas] revolve around the idea that smarter equals greener. Sustainability experts predict carbon-neutral cities full of electric vehicles and bike-sharing schemes, with better air quality [...]. Visions of a green city often include the highest skyscrapers where living and office space vie with floating greenhouses or high-rise vegetable patches and green roofs [...]. Hug a tree - in Madrid there is a scheme to have citizens adopt a tree, to make them more aware of environmental needs.
DYS

Exercice 3 : How will our future cities get greener?

Question 1

DOCS 5, 6

Énoncé
Concentrate on the layout. Then, present the document.

Question 2

DOCS 5, 6

Énoncé
What does the illustration suggest?

Question 3

DOCS 5, 6

Énoncé
What does “greenification” mean to you? Pick out “green” ideas in this text.

Question 4

DOCS 5, 6

Énoncé
Can you guess the meaning of these words: carbon-neutral, bike-sharing, high-rise?

Question 5

DOCS 5, 6

Énoncé
Write a short email to suggest 3 ideas to make your city greener. Explain how it will look in the future!

Question 6

DOCS 5, 6

Énoncé
Suggest ideas to raise people’s awareness.
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