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This unit is interesting for focusing on reading and listening skills lessons and how to teach reading and listening (receptive) skills. We read/listen to things for a purpose (like receiving instructions or directions) and for enjoyment (like reading a book or listening to music), but we can also read/listen with both purposes. We read/listen by recognizing and understand words, but also by using our pre-existing knowledge of culture, the world, context, etc. to grasp the full breadth of the meaning of texts and audio materials. We read by using predictive skills, scanning, skimming, details, and deduction, but it all depends on what the text is about and our purpose for reading or listening to something, which skills we will use. Reading tends to be an easier skill to learn than listening, simply because the words are captured and the students have all the time they need to think about and deduce the meaning of vocabulary, especially new vocabulary. Problems with receptive skills arise from vocabulary (too much unknown vocab, too long of sentences, word length, etc.), topic interest (i.e. they don't have any interest in the topic), no interest was created by the lesson (...so work to create that interest, a good time for this to begin is with the engage stage, right at the beginning of the lesson), and tasks (the students are not comprehending because the task is not engaging their comprehension or encouraging it, but rather simply checking it). These are all areas where the teacher can lesson plan to avoid these problems. It was really nice to get the task/worksheet examples, but all of the examples are clearly for intermediate or higher level learners, it would have been nice to see a little more for beginner level learners, especially very young beginner level learners where reading and listening can be encouraged certainly, though not nearly at the high levels demonstrated in this unit.