Transport then and now


Transport then and now looks at the history of travel. At the end of this lesson, you will be able to understand the impact of transport affects people’s lives.

  • Time

    30-40 minutes

  • Main Skills


  • Topic

    Science and Technology - Transport then and now


Watch a video about the beginning of transport.

More video resources are available from eduMedia here.

You will hear a business expert giving a talk about the future of shipping. Listen to the talk and complete the sentences.

Ever since the first hominids left Africa, human beings have been on the move. The canoe was invented in 8,000 B.C., and the first form of public transportation was a stagecoach operated in Paris in 1662. Fast forward to today's self-driving car prototype, and it's clear just how far we've come.

Click here to see the dates invented.

Here are keywords and phrases covered in the talk about transport then and now:

  • agriculture
  • ancestors
  • best companion
  • combustion engine
  • domestication
  • driverless cars
  • harness animal strength
  • horsepower
  • industrial revolution
  • operating costs
  • overseas trade
  • poor maintenance
  • steam-powered car
  • straightaway

1. Nowadays, some countries are spending a lot of money to make it easier to use bicycles in towns and cities. Why is this so? Is it the best solution to transportation problems in those places?
2. There is a proposal in your country to raise the legal age for learning to drive a car by three years. The editor of your school magazine has asked you to write an article explaining your views.
3. Imagine that you are living about 150 years ago. What facts could you tell someone who is afraid of travelling by train to reassure them that train travel is safe?
4. Some people today are afraid of flying. Do you think it would help them to know how people used to feel about train travel?


  • 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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