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Mission 1


Smarter cities?




Compétence

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

Did you know?

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?

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Future cities

Future cities

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Exercice 1 : Future Cities

1
Describe the situation. Guess the topic of the teens’ discussion.



2
Describe the photograph given by your teacher.



3
Compare pictures with the rest of your class. Use comparatives.



4
Listen and take notes. Who do you agree with?



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A brighter future

VOA News/Youtube
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Exercice 2 : A brighter future

1
Look at the picture. Gather information about the “Future City Competition”.



2
Watch the first part of the video and write down key numbers.



3
Concentrate on the city’s description. Note down keywords.



4
Watch the second part. List the students’ solutions to design eco-friendly futuristic cities.



5
What material would you use to build your model? See Treasure trove.



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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.
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Exercice 3 : How will our future cities get greener?

1
Concentrate on the layout. Then, present the document.



2
What does the illustration suggest?



3
What does “greenification” mean to you? Pick out “green” ideas in this text.



4
Can you guess the meaning of these words: carbon-neutral, bike‑sharing, high-rise?



5
Write a short email to suggest 3 ideas to make your city greener. Explain how it will look in the future!



6
Suggest ideas to raise people’s awareness.

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Grammar

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.

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Phonology

Will

Listen

greener, smarter, longer

Murmur

healthier, cleaner, brighter

In Sydney, in 2050, there won’t be...

In Sydney, 
in 2050,
 there won’t
 be...

Record a radio report

Use Voicethread and record a radio report presenting your propositions for a future New York City, Sydney or Dublin.

How far can you go?

A2 I can predict the future with will and won’t.
A2+ I may use probabilities and comparatives to be clearer.
Vers B1 I can make the best report using superlatives.
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