Number one for English language teachers


Through these resources students learn about changing patterns of urbanization, how to interpret data and how to discuss findings in English. Resources include speaking activities with useful language boxes, map-labelling exercises and guided writing tasks.

How has the world's population changed over the last fifty years? What have been the consequences of the growth of towns and cities? What does 'MEDC' and 'LEDC' mean? 

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  • Yes, the population for New York City is actually much lower than the number stated in the worksheet. However, the the number is accurate if were accounting for urban area. I had to clarify this with my students. urban area population vs City proper population.

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  • Hi there,

    Thanks for your feedback. The numbers in this lesson reflect the population of the cities including the surrounding urban areas, not just the city proper. However, why not ask your students to research the population of the city proper as part of the lesson?

    Hope that helps.
    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • I like this resource a lot but I think the population numbers are high. For example, according to the chart, New York city''s population is
    21,900,000 today but according to census reports I found online it is only 8.5 million, which is less than you have for New York City's population in 1950, which you say is 12, 463,00. For the most part, your numbers seem highly inflated, and some of the present day populations are less than what you have for the 1950 populations.

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