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Cartoons Interactive games Songs
Cinema Lesson plans Stories
Cities of the future Listening Videos
Conversation questions Pictures Vocabulary
Exercises to print Poems Webquests
Facts Proverbs  
Interactive exercises Science fiction cities

(Updated on 24/08/2016)


Related pages :

Dwelling types Signs
Hotel The bank
Places The country
Prepositions The road
Restaurant The toilets



Exercises TO PRINT :

  • Saxon Place Names
    "When settlers came to Britain, they built villages and towns and gave them names.
    Use your maps of Sussex and East Anglia to find places with the endings below in them..."



  • Places in Town (
    - "a vocabulary exercise about buildings in a town. Unjumble the letters to find the words."

  • Label the Intersection :
    bench - corner - crosswalk - fire hydrant - sidewalk - stop sign - street - traffic light (



Lesson plans :

  • Egypt archaeologists find large 'city of the dead' (March 01, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a huge cemetery hidden under the sands south of Cairo."
    Try the same news story at these easier levels: Necropolis - Level 0Necropolis - Level 1  or  Necropolis - Level 2
    Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
    crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)


  • City vocabulary English lesson
    "During this English lesson you will learn the vocabulary for places around the city.
    Also learn how to ask basic questions about where certain places are around the city."



  • London
    "This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film by Simon Smith who recaptured the shots of London taken by Claude Friese-Greene in 1927.
    Students talk about what they know about London, compare London in 1927 and now, do a dictation and discuss their home towns."

    Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
    Time: 90 minutes
    Topic: London and cities
    Language: Vocabulary to describe towns and comparative forms



  • Découverte et présentation d’une ville par Christophe Maurel
    Présentation d’une séquence réalisée en 3° qui va permettre de travailler et d’évaluer les 5 compétences...
    Scénario: Séquence langues - CLG 3ème Voyage & découverte d’une ville (dans cet exemple, New York)
    "Ce projet dépasse le cadre de la séquence. Il s’articule autour de la découverte d’une ville et l’organisation d’un voyage fictif à New York (réservation de l’hôtel, visites culturelles, quartiers de NY, moyens de transport...).
    Tâche finale : Vous travaillez pour une agence de voyage. Vous devrez produire un programme pour 6 jours à destination de touristes."

  • Bangkok Dangerous & Big Fish: Urban Violence - a lesson plan
    "I love the movie Big Fish, but Bangkok Dangerous is not a recommendation. These scenes are very nice, though, for the topic urban violence."



  • World Builder - a lesson plan
    "This lesson is designed around a beautiful short film by Bruce Branit called World Builder. Students speak and write about a perfect world, and watch a short film.
    Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper-intermediate (B2)3

    Time: 60 minutes...
    Language: Vocabulary related to describing cities and second conditional..."



  • City living makes it harder to concentrate (February 21, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A new report says living in a city makes it harder for people to concentrate. The research found that people who live in rural areas did better on thinking tests."


Webquests : (Camden Town in London)

  • City life or desert life ? (
    "You are a space traveler from a faraway planet.
    You have been sent here to find the best place to live."



  • Inside and out game.
    "Answer the questions correctly to take a look inside the buildings to find out all about them."


  • I'm Spatz, the town planner.
    "Can you help me fill the empty spaces in our town? Look around and find spaces from the city to the countryside.
    Think about what building or green space would best suit the area before you make your choice."



  • City Creator (
    Build your city (different city types - buildings - roofs - people / vehicles - Roads / walkways)
    - On pourrait, par exemple, donner des instructions pour la construction de la ville en utilisant différentes prépositions.


  • Create : My imaginary city (
    "Artists use their imaginations to create scenes and places that are not real and that might never exist."

Stories :

Proverbs :


Poems :

  • In a foreign city - a poem by Elizabeth Jennings (
    "You cannot speak for no one knows
    Your language. You must try to catch
    By glances or a steadfast gaze
    The attitude of those you watch.
    No conversations can amaze:
    Noises may find you but not speech.

    Now you have circled silence, stare
    With all the subtlety of sight.
    Noise may trap ears but eye discerns
    How someone on his elbows turns
    And in the moon's long exile here
    Touches another in the night."


Songs :

  • Jonathan Coulton - Shop Vac
    "I like the Starbucks here that's better than the other one
    Because the other one's not as good
    They really need to put a light there cause it's hard to turn
    It's hard to make a left turn..."


    + the VIDEO - an animation (YouTube)

     It is a "song about life in a suburban paradise. This music video for it features the clever typographic animation of Jarrett Heather. Words and corporate logos flow across the screen as the narrator embraces a lifestyle of prosperity symbolized by the Shop-Vac in his basement workshop."

  • Frank SINATRA - This Town = Las Vegas (YouTube)
    "This town is a make-you town
    Or a break-you-town and bring-you-down town...
    This town, it's a use-you town
    An abuse-you town until-you're-down town..."



  • Living for the city sung by Stevie Wonder
    "Her brother's smart he's got more sense than many
    His patience's long but soon he won't have any
    To find a job is like a haystack needle
    Cause where he lives they don't use colored people
    Living just enough, just enough for the city..."

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)

  • Blue Hotel by Chris Isaak
    "Blue hotel on a lonely highway..."






  • Rumble in Brighton by Stray Cats :
    "There's a rumble in Brighton tonight
    Ringside seats for the neighborhood fight,
    There ain't a Godddamn thing that the cops can do..."


  • Street life by The Crusaders :
    "Street life, you can run away from time
    Street life, for a nickel, for a dime
    Street life, but you better not get old
    Or you're gonna feel the cold

  • Summer in the city by Joe Cocker




Cartoons :



Videos :

  • See Videos (The city)

  • Green City Solutions - Meet the Product
    "Green City Solutions is a biotech and IoT startup leading the way in the business of air pollution reduction.
    Our company has developed a freestanding solution, called "CityTree", which features a moss culture that naturally absorbs the pollution
    that occurs in urban environments.
    Each unit has the effect of up to 275 traditionally planted urban trees, yet it requires less than 1 % of the space and no groundwork. The CityTrees have a reach of up to 50 m and thanks to IoT technology, solar power and water reservoirs, they only need a few hours of maintenance each year."




  • What is an Eco city? - 22 November 2012
    "What is an eco city? What will tomorrow's green city look like? How do you build cities that do more with less to provide for ever-growing populations?
    Sustainable housing, energy efficiency, internmodal passenger transport, and smart grids for electrical distribution will all play a role
    in shaping the future of urban planning.
    This animated short film gets to the heart of the challenges we face in making sustainable cities a reality.
    The city of tomorrow is waiting just under the surface of our everyday lives. Together, we can make it happen."



  • The Little-Known Patterns on British Streets
    "I thought about saying "secret patterns" or "mysterious patterns" in the title, but that'd be a lie: they're just mostly unknown!
    So let's talk about tactile paving, about design, about accessibility, and about those bumpy bits that you stand on when you're crossing a British street."





  • Which are the best music videos about city life? - Article + Videos - 27 July 2016
    "From Beyoncé in Rio to U2 in Los Angeles, here’s our pick of the most memorable videos depicting urban life in cities around the world."

  • Watch 6,000 years of people moving to cities - Updated on 19 June 2016
    "In the video ..., you can watch the stunning rise of human cities, from their humble origin in the Fertile Crescent in the year 3700 B.C. to the boom of the last century."



  • Town vocabulary
    "The vocabulary is for elementary and pre-intermediate students and it covers different basic features which can be found in towns and cities."

    + a video + a mind map + games



  • 2057 The City Part 1 + Part 2 + Part3

    "The 2057 documentary is a 3 part series by the Discovery Channel.
    It's a an entertaining documentary about life in 50 years.
    The city episode shows us how much city life will be incredibly interconnected.
    The extreme interconnection has risks however which we must avoid before problems occur."



Science fiction cities:


Cinema :


  • Over the Hedge "is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film, based on the characters from the United Media comic strip of the same name...
    While scavenging for food, RJ the raccoon enters the cave of Vincent the bear, his only friend who has a large wagon full of human food taken from a nearby rest stop. RJ accidentally wakes Vincent from his hibernation, and in a race to escape, causes the stash to roll out onto the nearby highway and get run over. To avoid being eaten himself, RJ promises Vincent that he will completely replace the stash within the week..."