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Cities are not the problem, they are the solution. Jamie Learner

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On this website you will find information in English about sustainable cities and city planning along with language tasks that will help you understand the information and improve your English. You will also find some learning tips and strategies.

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Besides helping my students improve their English, I have a personal interest in spreading ideas about sustainable city development. I have lived in and visited two of the cities on this website and hope these examples of sustainable urban planning will inspire you as city planners to implement some of the ideas in your and my city 🙂

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Jaime Lerner, the former mayor of Curitiba says that “every city in the world can be improved in less than three years”(2007, TED.com).

➤ Read further down how to use the resources on this website.

HDR Curitiba

Best City

Solar Panels

Solar City

Dia sin carro Bogotá 2008

Green City

Atlanta 50

Sprawl City

Bursa Turkey

Healthy City

The Singapore Flyer – Aerial

Garden City

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➤ Place your cursor over the green words below to read their definition.

More information about the tasks and resources

You sometimes have to do research and read texts or watch videos on the Internet and a lot of what is available is in English. Which strategies can you use in order to understand the materials? And how can you make use of the materials to improve your English?

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Each of the sections on this website will provide you with various tasks to help you with both understanding authentic material and improving your English language skills in an integrated, context-based way. Learning grammar and vocabulary in context is easier and more memorable and more fun than learning isolated rules and lists of vocabulary.

The tasks are authentic and goal-oriented. That means, the tasks are similar to what you might have to do with the material in your job.

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Most of you are busy professionals. Therefore, I have tried to select interesting and relevant material, made the tasks relevant and fun to do, and designed the website appealing. I hope I was successful 🙂

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You are welcome to leave feedback and comments at the end of this page.

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You can follow the suggested path to do the tasks following the order of the pages for each section in the top or sidebar navigation or the links at the end of each page. Following the suggested path will give you an idea how to best approach such tasks. The main sections are independent from each other.

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If some of the tasks are not relevant for you (for example, because you know all the vocabulary), or you are only reviewing the material, you can use the top and sidebar navigation to jump to any page you wish. You can also click on the images in the centre, to go to that section.

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Source of word definitions: OALD

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