1 Ask students what they would change about the city.
2 Elicit answers from the class and write them on the board. Students then work in groups to rank them in order of importance.
3 Divide students into four groups. Hand out the photocopy and assign each group a problem.
4 Their job is;
- to think of many reasons why this solution is the the most suitable and
- one problem with each of the other solutions.
5 Rearrange groups so that there is a representative from each group in the new one. Their job is to discuss the various merits of each solution and then come to decision.
6 Students create a 30 second radio/TV ad to promote their own favourite solution. This can be recorded on a digital camera or suitably equipped mobile phone.
Problems in the city
Possible solution: More civil service positions.
Cost: one billion euros per year
Possible solution: Ban all cars from the centre and create a Park and Ride scheme
Cost:1,3 billion euros
3 Drug abuse
Possible solution: Heavier police presence on the streets.
Cost: 2.2 billion per year.
Possible solution: A ban on all new factory building within the city limits.
Cost: 0.9 billion euros per year