City or Countryside Living

City or Countryside Living

City or Countryside Living is a choice many people have to make. At the end of this lesson, you will be able to discuss the reasons why people choose to either live in a rural or urban environment.

  • Time

    30-40 minutes

  • Main Skill


  • Topic

    Environmental Issues - City or Countryside Living

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    Listening Script


Watch a video about the differences between city and country life.

You will hear six people talking about living in the city and in the countryside. For each of Speakers 1 to 6, choose from the list, A to G, which opinion each speaker expresses. Write the letter in the box. Use each letter only once. There is one extra letter which you do not need to use.

1. Speaker 1:
2. Speaker 2:
3. Speaker 3:
4. Speaker 4:
5. Speaker 5:
6. Speaker 6:


Do you know the most populated cities in the world. Try this quiz to see how much you know.

Click here to research the answers.

Here are the keywords and phrases to learn:

  • castle
  • city dwellers
  • convenient
  • commute time
  • country cottage
  • countryside
  • cultural institutions
  • exhibitions
  • fumes
  • new opportunities
  • metropolitan area
  • museums
  • specialized products
  • specialized services
  • urban density
  • village
  1. Choose a country or city where English is the native language. Research the changes in population there over the last 30 years. Look for the causes and effects of those changes. Create a graph of certain changes and present it to the class or a friend.
  2. Write an article on the information that you researched using subheadings such as causes and effects, recent developments, problems, and solutions.


  • Speaking

    Skills to communicate with others to express thoughts and feelings.

  • Listening

    Skills to improve active listening in order to develop responses to what someone is saying.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.


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