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Ticket to ride
Unit 5
3 • Neighbourhoods, cities and villages

Ticket to ride
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➜ How has transport contributed to making London a mythical city?

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Black cab and double-decker buses near Elizabeth Tower, London, 2018.

Get ready!

Voir les réponses
Look at the vocabulary of the five boxes below.

a. Find a title for each box.

1.  2. 
3.  4. 

b. Unjumble the following anagrams, then label it with right box's number.

Tip: The first letter is in the right place!

C / T / S / C / Y / L / I

F / R / A / E

P / T / R / O / M / L / F / A

C / M / O / M / T / U / E

U / G / N / D / E / D / N / R / O / U / R

Look at the picture.
What British icons can you see? What typical London transports are missing?

Discuss the brainstorming questions.

Read the idiom of the week. With the photo and the note, guess its meaning and rephrase it.


  • crossroads (junction) (n.)
  • routemaster bus double-decker /ˌdʌbəlˈdεkə/ bus (n.)
  • taxi (cab) (n.)
  • traffic lights (n.)

Let's learn!

Prepare a crossword about London transports. In pairs, choose 8 words, write the clues and use an online crossword generator (for example, this one) to produce your grid.

latform at Acton Town Tube station, London, 2015.

IDIOM of the week!

Mind the gap

IDIOM of the week!
Since 1969, Londoners have heard the following announcement on the London Underground (aka the Tube) when their train is about to stop: “Mind the gap between the train and the platform”.
Watch the video below for an in-train experience.

Brainstorming questions

What makes London a mythical city?
Which landmark or means of transport best represents London?
Have you ever been to London?

Getting around London

Getting around London 1-2
Getting around London 3-4
Getting around London 5

  • over crowded /ˌəʊvəˈkraʊdɪd/ (adj.) full of people
  • clogged /ˈklɒgd/ / blocked /ˈblɒkt/ / congested (adj.)
  • empty street (exp.)
  • fluid traffic / clear road (exp.)

  • arrive (v.)
  • board (the train) ≠ alight (v.)
  • catch the bus (v.)
  • depart /dɪˈpɑːt/ (v.)
  • get on / off (v.)
  • head to (v.)

  • by bus / train / car / bike (exp.)
  • on foot (exp.)
  • on the underground /ˈʌndəˌgraʊnd/ (exp.)
  • in the carriage /ˈkæˌrɪdʒ/ (exp.)
  • on the platform (exp.)
  • at the bus stop (exp.)

  • commuter /kəˈmjuːtə/ (n.)
  • conductor (n.)
  • pedestrian /pəˈdεsˌtrɪən/ (n.)
  • car / bus / taxi driver (n.)
  • passenger (n.)

  • bus lane (n.)
  • bu route (n.)
  • cycle path /ˈsaɪkəl ˈpɑːθ/ (n.)
  • single / return /rɪˈtɜːn/ trip (n.)
  • Tube /ˈtʃuːb/ line (n.)
  • Tube station (n.)

On your way to the task - Step 1

Make a podcast about the history of the Tube.

Step 2

Make a pitch about improving commuters’ lives.

Step 3

Write a brief on a new means of transport.

Your final project

Prepare an advertising campaign for Transport For London.
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