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Better together
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.

City future

Get ready!

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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.
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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.



  • 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.)

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.


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

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.)

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

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

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

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

On your way to the task - Step 1

Write a report for your local M. P.

Step 2

Present a research trip to your colleagues.

Step 3

Text a friend to decide on the film to watch.

Your final project

Voice your opinion about a housing project for your city.
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