Myths about future cities

We like to think that we know about the benefits that future cities will bring us, but do we really?

Before you look at the text, discuss the following questions with a friend:

  • What are the current advantages to living in a city, and how is this likely to change in the future?
  • Are cities good for business, and how is this likely to change in the future?

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Reconstructing Chomsky on Language

Recently in class Chomsky’s name came up in discussion as the most widely cited author, but not many students knew his name or why he is so well-known.

The following video outlines Chomsky’s ground-breaking theory of language.

Before you watch the video, discuss with a friend the following questions.

  • What makes human language different from animal language?
  • Is language learned, or are we born with it?
  • How is it possible that small children learn languages so quickly?

Watch the video and then attempt the text reconstruction activity at the bottom of the page.

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