OPENCities – Lesson 4: Settling down in a new country

This lesson plan for teachers of adults at intermediate level explores the theme of adjusting to a new environment. Students will develop their communication skills and vocabulary around the topic of adjustment and culture. 


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.


Adjusting to a new environment


Intermediate +


60 minutes +


  • To develop students’ skills communication skills
  • To develop students’ vocabulary around the topic of adjustment  and culture
  • 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:

  • Discussion task
  • Reading tasks
  • Listening activities
  • Consolidation tasks

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