OPENCities – Lesson 3: Cities and migration


This lesson plan for teachers of adults at intermediate level explores the theme of Demographic change. Students will develop their communication skills and vocabulary around the topic of demographic change.




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

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


Demographic change


Intermediate +


60 minutes +


  • To develop students’ skills communication skills
  • To develop students' vocabulary around the topic of demographic change and statistics to describe it
  • To help students understand some of the issues regarding how these changes are motivated by improving standards of living in different cities


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:

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  • Discussion tasks
  • Listening activities

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