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This lesson was very intriguing. I realized that I had been passively learning straight arrow ESA structure from adapting lessons from previous teachers in my position, but that I had been neglecting the \"study\" portion of those lessons, instead relying on the fact that the students would have learned the grammar points in other classes. I see how the study portion is not only necessary, but doesn't always have to be a long lecture on grammar points in the student's L1. It can be more subtle than traditional \"teaching.\" I work with very large classes of pretty low-level students, and it can be challenging to find lessons that keep their interest without relying on their L1. This unit ultimately gave me some ideas on where I can be channeling my lesson-planning, and reminded me to always focus on the three stages of the lesson when in doubt as to what to do.
This lesson also gave me a clearer idea of the importance of teacher feedback, and some guidelines that I have admittedly not been following in the last few months of teaching. It can be time-consuming to correct mistakes and confirm understanding without resorting to the L1, but I am reminded of the importance of this effort, provided the student stays comfortable.