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Venice Beach

Let's go to the beach today

Venice Beach is a neighbourhood of Los Angeles next to the sea. The place is known for its canals and its promenade, where various kinds of street performers entertain passers-by at all hours.

Venice Beach is also where bodybuilders show their muscles, as well as numerous beach volleyball and basketball courts. Surfers also love this place and there are a lot of and murals on many of the buildings.

At the end of the session, you will have:

  • visited Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
  • known the difference in pronunciation between /ae/ - /a:/ 
  • drawn the route of different landmarks at the Los Angeles google map.

Watch the info video of Venice Beach in its official website and enjoy all what this town can offer to you. After that, answer the following questions:

  • Which museum do you consider the most interesting?  (Visit Museum section) 
  • Which shop would you go to? (Visit Shopping section) 
  • How much would you have to pay in the City Parking Lots in winter? And in summer? (Visit Parking section) 

Answer these questions in your learning diary. The title of the post has to be: "Welcome to Venice beach in California". Can you find more information about Venice Beach? Add at least two more URLs to your post at your learning diary about this popular place in Los Angeles.

After the visit, continue with your posts on Twitter (#taskwayoflife and #projectlosangeles). Do you think that Venice Beach is an interesting place to be visited? Would you go there for your summer holidays? Would you recommend it to your friends and relatives? Send a tweet adding also the hashtag #venicebeach emphasizing what you have liked the most about it.

Remember that Venice Beach must be part of the route at your Google Sites map.

I am a fan of palm trees in the beach

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 correctly the following phonemes: /ae/ - /a:/ 

/ae/or /a:/.

Click on the following link to practise the difference between these two sounds: minimal pair.

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Stopkic. Blonde (CC0)

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 can record yourselves practising these words in English. You have to pronounce them correctly, record a podcast with them and share it in your blog.

In order to do this exercise as adequately as possible, you can also take a look to the 'Rubric to assess a podcast'

Your Challenge: Los Angeles at the Google Site

Challenge Step 3: Organizing the Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 city from 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.

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, at your "Learning Diary" and answer the questions that you have below.

Remember to share the link of your learning diary through Twitter using the hashtag: #taskwayoflife and #projectlosangeles.