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Unit 13 City life. Warm-up. 1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of city life?. Advantages First,people enjoy various entertainments , such as movies or chat ting on the Inter net with friends . There are more cultural and sports activities in a city .

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warm up
  • 1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of city life?


First,people enjoy various entertainments,such as movies or chattingon the Internet with friends.

There are more cultural and sports activities in a city.

Third,city dwellers gain access to better information service and educational facilities.


Living in a city is often very expensive.You must find a well-paid job,otherwise, you will not be able to afford the things you need.

The overcrowded population, traffic jam, housing problem, industrial pollution and other issues may result in depression, nervousness and diseases.

global livability survey
Global Livability Survey

Top 10 most livable cities:

  • 1. Melbourne, Australia
  • 2. Vienna, Austria
  • 3. Vancouver, Canada
  • 4. Toronto, Canada
  • =5. Calgary, Canada
  • =5. Adelaide, Australia
  • 7. Sydney, Australia
  • 8. Helsinki, Finland
  • 9. Perth, Australia
  • 10. Auckland, New Zealand
acyivity 1
Acyivity 1
  • Objective :
  • To discuss personal preferences for place to live;
  • to compare life in a city and in a small town.
activity 1a pair work
Activity 1A Pair work
  • Discussion: what is the best place to live like?
  • Ask your partner the questions below and check the responses.
b pair work
B Pair work
  • Is your partner more of a city person or a country person? Give reasons.
c pair work
C Pair work
  • What are some advantages of living in a city? living in a small town? Write them in the chart.
d join another pair
D Join another pair

Compare your charts. Then discuss these questions.

  • What can you find in a city but not in a small town? a small town but not a city?
  • What are some advantages of living in a city? a small town?
  • Where do you live now? Have you always lived there?
  • What do you like about where you live? What don’t you like?

“You can find a subway in the city but not in a small town.”

“A disadvantage of living in a city is that it’s often overcrowded.”

activity 2
Activity 2
  • Objectives To understand people talking about three international cities; to talk about cities
  • Vocabulary
  • anthropological related to the scientific study of people and their societies, benefits, etc.
  • commute to travel regularly in order to get to and from work
  • insider tips advice from someone who has a special knowledge of situation because he or she has experienced it or is a part of it.
  • mosque a building where Muslims worship
  • regional variety a specific type coming from a certain area of the country
  • skyline the shape made by city buildings against the sky
activity 2a listen
Activity 2A Listen

Peter, Angie, and Jeff are talking about cities they used to live in. Check (√) the name of each city.

Peter Angie Jeff

□ Taipei □ San Juan □ Casablanca

√Hong Kong√ Mexico City □ Cairo

□ Singapore □ Rio de Janeiro√ Istanbul

b listen again
B Listen again

What do they say about the cities? Complete the chart.

c group work discuss these questions
C Group work Discuss these questions
  • What information about the cities surprised you?
  • Which of these cities would you prefer to live in? Why?
  • Which city in the world would you most like to visit? Why?

A: What information about the cities surprised you?

B:I was surprised that it’s warm all year-round in Hong Kong.

A:I didn’t know that, either.

A: Which city in the world would you most like to visit? Why?

B:I’d like to visit Tokyo. I’m very interested in Japan-the country and its history.

A:Well, I’d like to visit Sydney, Australia. Actually, I’d love to travel around the country and visit lots of places in Australia.

better safe than sorry
Better safe than sorry!
  • It’s better safe than sorry.
  • Explain: Sometimes we also just say:Better safe than sorry, in another word, you do the safe thing, and you do the cautious thing rather than taking the risk, something which will go really wrong and you will be sorry for it.


english proverbs
English proverbs
  • 1. Better safe than sorry.

= try to be sure, to avoid any mistakes.

  • 2. Better to bend than to break.

= sometimes you have to compromise.

  • 3. Better late than never.

= it’s better to come late than not to come at all.

  • 4. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know.

= it’s better to deal with something you know.

activity 1
Activity 1
  • Objective To talk about tips for staying safe in dangerous places
  • Vocabulary
  • cautious careful
  • stranger someone who you don’t know
  • user ID and passwords secret numbers and words that you must know to be allowed to use a computer system or to gain access to bank account information, etc.
activity 11
Activity 1
  • A Work alone How often do you do these things? Write O(often), S(sometimes), or N(never).

(Page 60)

  • B Pair work Compare your answers. Do you do the same things? Do you feel safe doing them?

“I go out alone at night. I guess I feel safe”

“ I go out at night, too, but always with someone else.”

c join another pair
C. Join another pair
  • Read these safety tips. Then discuss the questions below.

Safety Tips

Always tell someone where you ‘re going. Then call after you arrive.

Keep your bags near you at all things.

If you need directions, ask a police officer

Take taxis instead of buses late at night.

Keep your user ID and passwords secret.

Never let strangers into your home.

Keep your wallet in an inside pocket.


Which tips do you think give the best advice?

  • Do you think any tips are too cautious? Why?
  • What other tips can you add?
  • What might happen if you don’t follow the tips?

“I think the best advice is to take taxis instead of buses at night”

“I’m not so sure I agree. I think buses are safer.”

activity 21
Activity 2
  • Objective To understand people telling humorous stories about crimes and criminal; to talk about amusing crime stories
  • Vocabulary
  • jam to become stuck and unable to move stranger
  • mugger someone who attacks someone else to take his or her money
  • robber someone who steal things, especially from stores or banks
  • shoplifter someone who takes something from a store without paying for it.
  • trunk the enclosed space in the back of a car where you can put large bags, etc.
activity 22
Activity 2
  • A pair work Look at these pictures of crimes. What do you think happened?
b listen
B. Listen

You will hear about the crimes in part A. Complete the summaries.




















c group work
C Group work
  • Discuss these questions.
  • Which criminal was unluckiest? the dumbest?
  • Have you heard any other stories about unlucky or dumb criminals?

“I think the Minneapolis Mugger was the unluckiest because…”