Improving The Town

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 22, 2021 and last updated on July 22, 2023

For English learners, talking about improving their town presents a compelling subject that expands language skills while nurturing a deeper understanding of civic engagement and urban development.

Engaging in discussions about revitalising public spaces, environmental sustainability and community-driven initiatives enhances vocabulary and comprehension in diverse contexts. Through this topic, English learners can strengthen their language proficiency while cultivating a sense of responsibility towards their communities, making a positive impact in English-speaking environments.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Improving The Town

“Improving the Town” holds the key to transforming urban landscapes through different dimensions such as revitalising public spaces, promoting environmental sustainability or nurturing community-driven initiatives.

This comprehensive topic explores innovative approaches to breathe new life into parks, plazas and communal areas, encouraging social interactions and a sense of pride among residents. Delving into eco-friendly practices, participants explore ways to create greener, more sustainable environments, mitigating ecological impact. Additionally, community-driven efforts are celebrated for empowering citizens to actively participate in shaping their town’s future, fostering a cohesive and vibrant urban community.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • improvement (noun)
  • sort out (phrasal verb)
  • take care of (someone/something) (phrase)
  • look after (phrasal verb)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • benefit (someone/something) (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are some aspects of your town or city that you think need improvement?
  • What are some public spaces in your town that you think could be revitalised to make them more attractive and functional?
  • How do you think improved public transportation options can benefit the town and its residents?
  • How can communities promote environmental sustainability and conservation in their towns?
  • How do you think improved public transportation options can benefit the town and its residents?
  • In what ways can art and public murals contribute to the improvement of the town's aesthetics and cultural identity?
  • Should town authorities prioritize economic development over preserving historical landmarks and green spaces?
  • Is it the responsibility of local government alone to improve the town, or should citizens take a more active role?
  • How do you think improved public transportation options can benefit the town and its residents?
  • What role do local residents play in the process of improving the town?
  • Should the town prioritize attracting large corporations and big businesses to boost the economy, or should it focus on supporting small, local businesses?
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.