Alice Dashwood Alice Dashwood

Smart Cities
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will explore the ideas of smart cities, listening and reading to examples from around the world and learning new vocabulary


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification in the context of cities
  • To provide clarification in the context of smart cities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide listening practice using a text about living in cities


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- T presents four abstract maps of city metro systems with hints - Ss guess which cities the maps are of

Exposure (5-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

- T presents the word 'smart' and asks Ss what is meant - Elicit: If someone is smart, are they knowledgable? Do we think Mahmoud is smart because he wears glasses? Can it also mean something about how someone is dressed? - T shows images of traffic to elicit congestion and chaotic, CCTV to elicit monitor - T asks what word can we use to describe these sorts of places? (urban) - T points out tall buildings to elicit high rises - T shows a picture of Bosco vertical in Milan to elicit sustainable (not causing damage to the environment

Clarification (1-3 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

After eliciting new words, follow up with drilling, writing the word on the board and highlighting the stress

Controlled Practice (5-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

- T shows students four images with some information about cities, asks Ss to read - T asks Ss 'what is a smart city?' - T asks Ss to read three sentences which they need to answer from audio - T plays Ss audio 3.06, shows answer key

Semi-Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

- T presents audio script of the listening practice to Ss, asks them to read to find the find the meaning of words or phrases - Ss work individually - T shows answer key

Semi controlled practice (3-4 minutes) • Ss connect common collocations together 1-7, 1-g

- T shows a list of collocations and asks students to match them in pairs in breakout rooms - T shows answer key

Semi-controlled practice (5-7 minutes) • Listening for gist

- T shows 6 points from two people who will discuss the cities they live in, Ss have to highlight which are the correct sentences - T plays audio, 2 people discussing the cities they live in (audio 3.7) - T shows answer key - T shows 6 points and asks Ss

Free Practice (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- T shows Ss a list of the terms they learned from the lesson and puts into pairs to discuss 2-3 terms in relation to their city - T puts class into breakout rooms, monitors from a distance

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