OPENCities – Lesson 1: Different kinds of cities

This lesson plan for teachers of adults at intermediate level explores the theme of European cities. Students will develop their communication skills and vocabulary around the topic of cities and how to describe them.


This lesson plan explores some of the issues associated with cultural and environmental adjustments and looks at some of ways in which these have impacted on the lives of migrants in different cities and countries. This is a strong underlying theme of the OPENCities project

OPENCities is a collaboration project between the British Council, European Commission, City Governments world-wide, and a growing range of institutional partners. The lesson plans in this series aim to support understanding of the potential for cities to more fully embrace the opportunities presented by international population flows.


European cities


Intermediate +


60 minutes +


  • To develop students’ skills communication skills
  • To develop students' vocabulary around the topic of cities and how to describe them
  • To help students understand some of the issues and opportunities involved in moving to a new country


Lesson Plan: guide for teacher on procedure including answers to tasks.

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Worksheets: exercises which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheets contain:

  • Vocabulary building tasks
  • Geographical matching activities
  • Reading activities
  • Listening activities

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Audio: you can download the mp3 files below

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