Urban parks exist in every culture and are a magnet for bringing people of
all ages and interests together. They exist in many sizes and forms from the
sprawling and lush XiHu in Hangzhou, China that serves a city of six million
to the compact Parque Central in Heredia, Costa Rica that serves a city of
70,000. For centuries, parks have served an important social function and
ecological role in our ever expanding cities. As population density
increases, the importance of parks increases as well.
In this unit, students will explore parks in target language cities.
Building upon the language they acquire in studying both the infrastructure
of parks and the functions parks serve in society, students will then move
on to discuss the role of parks in their own community and in their lives.
Additionally, they will discuss the impact population growth has on city
planning for recreational areas. Working in groups, students will
participate in an international competition to locate and plan new parks in
target language cities.