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Unit 4
2 • Public and private spaces

Better together

What impact do new forms of housing have on social interactions?

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

Let's learn!

Last man / woman standing

Look at the vocabulary mind map for 3 minutes. Memorise as many words as possible. Now stand up and be ready to give as many vocabulary words as possible not to be the last one standing.



  • adaptable / flexible (adj.)
  • convenient / practical (adj.)
  • accommodation / housing (n.)
  • architecture /ˈɑːkɪˌtɛktʃə/ (n.)
  • design /dɪˈzaɪn/ (n.)
  • entertainment areas /ˈɛəˌrɪəz/ (n.)
  • green spaces (n.)
  • reduce / increase (v.)

On your way to the task - Step 1

Write a report for your local M. P.
Activity 1

IDIOM of the week!

Good fences make good neighbours

Good fences make good neighbours

This saying comes from a poem written in 1914 by Robert Frost  (1874-1963) entitled “Mending Wall”. Two neighbours meet every Spring to repair the wall between their two farms. One of the two doesn’t understand why they really need this wall. The poem is a metaphor for the need for friendship and separation between human beings.


Brainstorming questions

In your opinion, what would an ideal form of housing be like?

Would you rather live alone or with other people?

Living together

  • commuter → a person living in the suburbs and driving to town to work
  • developer /dɪˈvɛləpə/ (n.)
  • neighbour /ˈnɛɪbə/ (n.)
  • owner (landlord) (n.)
  • renter (tenant) (n.)
  • resident = inhabitant (n.)
  • solo dweller (n.)

  • bungalow /ˈbʌŋgəˌləʊ/ (n.)
  • cottage /ˈkɒtɪdʒ/ (n.)
  • detached house /dɪˈtætʃt/ (n.)
  • flat (UK) (apartment (US)) (n.)
  • semi‑detached house /ˌsɛmɪ dɪˈtætʃt/ (n.)
  • terraced house /ˈtɛrəst/ (n.)
  • tower block (n.)

  • ecology (n.)
  • privacy /ˈprɪvəsɪ/ (adj.)
  • sustainability (n.)
  • welfare / well‑being (n.)
Living together

  • public transport (n.)
  • facility /fəˈsɪlətɪ/ (n.)
  • feature /ˈfiːtʃə/ (n.)
  • link (n.)
  • neighbourhood / district (n.)
  • space (n.)
  • housing (n.)
  • shopping area (n.)

  • affordable /əˈfɔːdəbl/ (adj.)
  • community‑led (adj.)
  • functional (adj.)
  • local /ˈləʊkl/ (adj.)
  • private /ˈpraɪvət/ (adj.)
  • safe (adj.)
  • shared (adj.)
  • sustainable /səˈstɛɪnəbl/ (adj.)

  • afford (v.)
  • belong (v.)
  • buy / purchase (v.)
  • live / dwell / inhabit / rent (v.)
  • look after (v.)
  • own / possess (v.)
  • share (v.)

Step 2

Present a research trip to your colleagues.
Activity 2
Activity 3

Get ready!

Voir les réponses
a. Look at the project draft above. What strikes you?

b. Imagine the advantages and drawbacks of this project. Do you think it could work? Why or why not?

c. Would you live in such a neighbourhood?

Look at the vocabulary boxes below.
a. Find a title for each box.

b. Classify the words from the toolbox into the mind map.

Your final project

Voice your opinion about a housing project for your city.

Step 3

Text a friend to decide on the film to watch.
Activity 4
Activity 5
Voir les réponses

Discuss the brainstorming questions. Do you know any new forms of housing?
Watch the video. What do you think of this project? Would you take part in it?

Read the idiom of the week on the opposite page. With the photo and the note, guess its meaning and rephrase it in your own words and give examples.

City future
A project designed by Sidewalk Labs to answer a proposal call by Waterfront Toronto to redevelop part of its 2000 acres of seriously contaminated land, 2017.
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