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Victoria Square Shopping centre

This shopping centre is huge!

As we are talking about shopping centres, you definitely have to visit one of the most important ones in Belfast: The Victoria Square Shopping Centre. Would you like to take a look at what you can find inside?

Victoria Square is a commercial, residential and leisure development in Belfast, Northern Ireland. At approx 800,000ft² (75,000m²) and costing £400m it is the biggest and one of the most expensive property developments ever done in Northern Ireland. It opened on 6 March 2008. 

At the end of the session, you will have:

  • visited the Victoria Square Shopping Centre.
  • known the difference in pronunciation of the different endings in regular past simple forms /t/, /d/ and /id/
  • drawn the route of different landmarks at the Belfast google map.

Why don't you visit the official website of the Victoria Square Shopping Centre?

What is your opinion about the variety of shops that you can visit in this shopping centre?

  • Have you ever been to a shopping centre like this?
  • Take a look at the restaurants. Which one would you choose to have lunch or dinner? 
  • Is it cheaper or more expensive to have a meal in Belfast or in your town? 
  • What would you have for a perfect meal with your friends or family?

After the visit, continue with your posts on Twitter (#taskinterview and #projectbelfast). Do you like going to shopping centres? When do you always go when you visit a shopping centre?

Share it through a tweet.

Remember that Victoria Square Shopping centre must be part of the route at your Google Sites map.

I visited a shopping centre and I enjoyed and shopped.

Phonetics is really important in English in order to pronounce words correctly. In this project, we are going to take a look at how to pronounce the regular past tense ending "-ed":

/t/, /d/ or /id/.

Click on the following link to practise how to pronounce the regular past tense.

You can also watch the following video to understand the three ways of pronouncing this ending:

These phonemes are part of the phonetic chart that is used to describe the sounds of many languages. They have been established by the International Phonetic Association (IPA). For more information about the IPA and their work visit: IPA's official web page.

Apart from this, you have to record yourselves practising the regular past tense pronunciation in English. 

/t/ infinitives that end

in an unvoiced sound

/d/ infinitives that end

in a voiced sound

/id/ infinitives that end

in the sounds /t/ or /d/

finished lived invited
helped opened ended
wished imagined dated
asked played flooded

You have to pronounce correctly the following past tenses, record a podcast with them and share it with your teacher and classmates for them to make some suggestions about your pronunciation and how to improve it.

After this, you will have to do a new version of your audio using, for instance, a tool like Ivoox.

Finally, you have to upload the final version of your podcast about the pronunciation of the regular past ending to your personal learning diary.

In order to do this activity as accurate as possible, you can use the 'Rubric to assess a podcast'.

Your Challenge: Belfast at the Google Site

Challenge Step 3: Organizing the Belfast entry at your Google Site 

At this step, you have to start organizing all the information you have gathered in order to add an entry at the site that we had previously opened.

Each group ( 2 / 3 people) has to organize the information you have searched about Belfast at your Google Site. Creativity in the distibution of the contents is very important. 

At this step, you have to include the following information at your Google Sites: the map of the cityfrom Google maps with the route of the ten steps we have in our tour of the city. 

You have extra information on how to do this route visiting the How to..? section at the didactic guidelines page.

In order to produce this map, you can take a look at the items at the 'Rubric to assess a google map route'.

Learning diary

Learning Diary. Step 3: Posting the result of your research in your blog

It's time to continue with your Learning Diary. Remember it helps you reflect on what you are learning and most important: what the best way for learning is. 

In this step, you have to post the links and other resources that you have found in your research and of course the link to the audio (or audios) you have contributed to produce. You must also answer the questions that you have below.

Remember to share the link of your learning diary through Twitter using the hashtag: #taskinterview and #projectbelfast

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