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This unit discussed the research and thinking that goes behind teaching a new language. Teaching new language depends on the language's appropriacy, frequency, and teachability, so frequency new language structures will relate to a function-based lesson to demonstrate how the language would be used in real life. This is not discussed so heavily in the unit, but I find this is a huge challenge, especially with a language like English that contains so many common dialects and varying language patterns. We might teach the students a dialogue about inviting a friend to the movies, only to have students approach us later brandishing a similar dialogue that contains entirely different language. It's hard to compartmentalize English into digestible chunks while still preparing students for the English speaking world in which they will commonly encounter structures and patterns never discussed in the classroom.
But, the way this unit approaches teaching furniture, for example, in which students discuss their own house, then analyze a native dialogue about a house, then design their own house, is a good way to extend the reach of the lesson beyond simple vocab memorization. I think function-based learning is the best way to marry the need for grammar (or sentence construction) and vocabulary, and plan to continue using similar lessons in the future.