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Watch the video, understand what is being said and answer the questions related to the contents of the video.
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The video explains why the public transportation system in the US leaves a lot to be desired.
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9 minutes 15 seconds
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Lectures (e.g. TED talks)
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The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Upper-intermediate (B2), Intermediate (B1), Advanced (C1)
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This resource is intended for:Adults, Business/professional students, High schoolers
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High schoolers
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1. Choose the correct options.
What does the word "inhabitant" mean in this context?
People living in this particular area
Animals living in this particular area
The size of the country
2. Choose the correct options.
What does the lack of public transportation in the US have the consequences on?
The environment
The education
Economic mobility
3. Fill the gap.
It was the admiration of countries worldwide and an essential factor allowing successful westernof the country
4. Choose the correct options.
"Roads generally weren't paved". What does it mean?
Roads were terrible
Roads weren't covered with bricks or stones
There were no routes for public transportation
5. Choose the correct options.
How did the US go from having 11,000 miles of _________ to 200?
6. Choose the correct options.
"By 1920, the car was starting to get to an attainable price-point for the everyday individual". What does attainable mean here?
Achievable, affordable
7. Fill the gap.
There were fewer people with jobs which meant fewer people who needed toand fewer people who had the money to pay for transport
8. Guess the end.
How did the streetcars disappear? Why?
9. Guess the end.
Why is having a car in the US associated with having a personal freedom?
10. Guess the end.
Why is the distance between shops and houses in the US much greater than in other countries?
11. Fill the gap.
Boston, New York, and DC are all old, rather compact cities withpublic transportation
12. Guess the end.
Why are street cars becoming popular again? How are they making money?
Discussion questions
1. Would you rather have a car or live in a city with excellent public transportation?
2. Which cities in the US have decent public transportation? Why?
3. Why the fact that the US doesn't have a good public transportation system is such a big deal?
Alfirochka is from/lives in Russia and has been a member of iSLCollective since 2021-11-23. Alfirochka last logged in on 2022-12-02, and has shared 24 resources on iSLCollective so far.
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