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Central Park

Strawberry fields in Central Park.

Central Park has the same size as 50 blocks in the middle of Manhattan, and it has a lot of different places to be visited. For example, you can visit the European-style Conservatory Gardens, or you can ride a paddleboat or gondola in the lake, visit Belvedere Castle or the statue of Alice in Wonderland, the carousel or the zoo.

At the end of the session, you will have:

  • visited Central Park in New York.

  • known the difference in pronunciation between /e/ and /ei/

  • drawn the route of different landmarks at the New York google map.

Central Park has been a "character" in hundreds of American films. Do you remember any of these films? Have you watched any of them? 

  • Do you have a cinema screen near your house? Do you usually go there?
  • Or do you prefer TV series? Which one/s is your favourite? 
  • Is there any cartoon that you used to watch when you were younger? And nowadays?

Answer these questions in your learning diary. The title of the post has to be: "Strawberry fields in New York". Can you find more information about the title of this post? Paste an URL with information about this issue in your learning diary also.

After the visit, continue with your posts on Twitter (#taskbiography and #projectnewyork). Do you like going to the cinema? Do you usually watch films at home? How often? Who do you watch them with?

Remember that Central Park must be part of the route at your Google Sites map.

I have never had a date in New York

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: /e/ - /ei/ 

/e/ or /ei/.

Click on the Minimal pair practise to practise the difference between these two sounds.

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 take a look to the 'Rubric to assess a podcast'

Your Challenge: New York at the Google Site

Challenge Step 3: Organizing the New York 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 New York 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.

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.

Don't forget that, if you have recorded yourselves practising some words, you must add another post sharing your podcast.

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

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