New cars for the Montreal metro

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The metro in Montreal, Quebec, unveiled the new cars that will gradually replace those currently in use. At the cutting edge of technology, these efficient and more spacious wagons aim to satisfy the customers of this means of transport which is very widespread in the big cities of the world. Let's take a closer look!
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“The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has ordered 468 new metro cars from the Bombardier-Alstom consortium at a cost of $ 1.9 billion, of which $ 1.5 billion will be paid for by the government of Quebec. The new wagons will enter service from mid-2014.
Source: Radio-Canada
The following activities are in particular a good pretext to talk about the metro as a means of transport in the big cities of the world, and to discover its advantages and disadvantages.
If you have an interactive whiteboard, first download the accompanying file for the first 3 activities:
SMART Notebook version (.notebook)
ActivInspire version (.flipchart)
Is your painting from another brand? Download the Notebook version of the file and open it with the app Notebook Express (online or downloadable for free).


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Express themselves on the advantages and disadvantages of using the metro as a means of transportation.
- Discover the components of the new AZUR metro cars.
- Imagine ideas for improvements to new metro cars.
- Gather different information related to a metro in the world of their choice.
- Make a digital production including a narration.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: New AZUR cars for the metro

Before getting to the heart of the matter, ask your students to name, to the best of their knowledge, the advantages and disadvantages of traveling by metro, this means of transport present in many large cities around the world. We can find some answers by consulting the site of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).

ICT track: do you have a TBI / TNI? Use the 1st page of the file downloaded at the start of the form to write down the group's answers. Save everything to come back to it along the way and at the end of the activities. No BIT? Use this template:

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Download in PDF format

Now introduce this video on the new cars of the Montreal metro to complete the list of pros and cons found at the start of this activity.
Now ask your students to find out what improvement ideas they would have liked to see come to fruition in these new cars. What did manufacturers fail to add that might meet the needs of users their age? Etc.

ACTIVITY 2: The AZUR model car journey

Tell your students that they will be able to answer a questionnaire, whether true or false, after viewing the next report. They will learn more about the design stages and how the tests actually work with the new metro cars.
The questionnaire can be found in the file for TBI available for download at the start of the sheet, or you can get the printable PDF version here:

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ACTIVITY 3: The metro around the world

Present the image gallery showing the evolution in the construction project of the new AZUR cars. Have your students describe each of the photos as you view them.
Then ask them if they have ever taken the metro in a major city in the world. If so, where? Ask them to testify and then announce that, for the next activity, famous subways around the world will be under observation.
a) Introduce this funny video featuring the Tokyo metro pushers.
b) Ask them if they know how many metro systems there are in their country? (There are only 2 in Canada, in Montreal and Toronto, in addition to 4 other cities if we include the rapid transit systems). Consult the list of all subways (and light rail systems) found in Europe only… Awesome isn't it!
c) Divide the students into work teams. They will have to make a tourist capsule for a famous metro in the world. A simple descriptive narration of the attractions of the famous metro is expected as a final production.

ICT track: Software like Audacity can be useful for simply recording the tourist narratives of the pupils. Several mobile devices also integrate free applications to record voice, both on itunes that on Google play.
Extension : Have students assemble photos of the chosen metro and combine them with the .mp3 file produced in the previous part of this activity. They will get a very informative video!

Here are some other links that might be useful during this quest for information about the famous subways of the world:
List of the most beautiful metros in the world
The metro around the world

For further

Discover the origin of the Paris metroincluding the reasons why the stations have such and such a name, when and how the metro was created, etc.
To see: 7 Montreal metro stations including origins of the name are explained.

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