The city of the future is here

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Language for presentations

language for presentations


With this lesson plan based on a video about Toyota’s city of the future students learn some useful language for presentations and then practise their presentation skills.

C1 / Advanced75 minStandard LessonPremium Plan


The first part of the lesson starts with a quote about a contemporary street which students have to agree or disagree with. The aim of this discussion is to create their interest in the topic of the lesson and is followed by a vocabulary exercise. Students look at a box with adjectives and nouns related to the city (e.g. pedestrian, cosmopolitan, infrastructure) and use them to complete ten definitions. Next, they engage in a discussion about the perfect city of the future and create a list of ‘must have’ and ‘nice to have’ features, focusing on different aspects such as common areas, home interiors, etc. This part of the lesson finishes with a video about the Toyota Woven City which students watch focusing on specific topics (e.g. transportation and buildings). They share their notes and reflections on the city of the future.


In the second part of the lesson students learn the language for presentations. They look at a table with some gapped phrases (e.g. To …… my point,) classified into eight functional categories (e.g. introduction, giving examples, concluding) and complete them with the missing words from a box (e.g.To illustrate my point). Then, they move on to a matching activity in which they see more phrases and have to decide which from the previously mentioned categories they belong to. Finally, students start working on their last task in this lesson, which is giving a mini presentation. They design an outdoor space for their own cities and share their ideas with their classmates using the useful presentation language they’ve learnt.



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  1. Claudia Roberts

    Hi there. Nice choice of video! On the ppt on slides 6 and 7 there seem to be some words missing from the gapfill. Also, its just my opinion but i would include a bit more context before starting the lesson and watching the video. I did this lesson with some students yesterday and then again today, adding in more context… for example asking at the start
    By 2039, our world will be home to at least 43 megacities—urban areas with more than 10 million inhabitants. How will the cities of the future deal with such an influx of people?
    And again before watching the video I gave some info I had found about the toyota future city…. I think it’s one thing to discuss improving our current cities and another to talk about creating a city from scratch so I made that a bit clearer for them.


    1. Stan

      In terms of the ppt, there might be some formatting issues when you download the Google slides in Powerpoint format. The words are there but maybe the box is smaller or something like that. We can’t guarantee what the e-lesson will look like when you download it as a ppt and that’s why we recommend using Google Slides to have the best experience using e-lesson plans. But more importantly, thanks for sharing your feedback and ideas – really nice way to give the video a bit more context. If you like this topic, I recommend our lesson on megacities.


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