Getting Around A City

man in black jacket riding bicycle on road during daytime
Type: Pictures
Originally published on April 27, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

English language learners can enhance their language abilities by participating in discussions regarding city transportation. By discussing various modes of urban transportation students can practice their vocabulary and become more confident in expressing their preferences and opinions in English.

Additionally, these conversations can provide a context for learning more complex language structures, such as using prepositions to describe location and using adjectives to describe different ways to travel. Picture-based conversation questions can further enhance students’ learning experience and make the practice of discussing these topics more engaging and effective. Here we are going to look at different ways to navigate a city that don’t involve the common types of public transport.

Get your students to look at the pictures below and then go through the related conversation questions.

Conversation Questions

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  • Which of the four modes of transportation in the pictures do you think is the most practical for getting around a city?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a smart car for city transportation?
  • Have you ever ridden on an electric scooter? What was your experience like?
  • What do you think are the benefits of riding a bicycle to move around a city?
  • What do you think are the pros and cons of using a rickshaw for transportation in a modern city?
  • Should cities invest more in bike lanes to encourage more people to ride bicycles for transportation?
  • Do you think electric scooters are a safe and effective form of city transportation?
  • Would you say the use of smart cars is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cars?
  • Which of these different modes of transport do you think will become more popular in the future?
  • What other modes of transport do you think are better alternatives to those in the pictures?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.