In the natural progression of learning language, we hear it or read it before we speak or write it. A young child learning a language will hear something many times before they're able to reproduce it. Toddlers can understand around 500 words before they utter their first word. But in a junior high class, we usually treat students learning a little differently. We expect them to produce - we expect output in the form or speaking or writing often the same day they hear a word for the first time. And the pace never lets up. With the speaking activities suggested for Sunshine 1, Sunshine 2, and Sunshine 3, it's better to use them as review. It give students a chance to review - something they don't often get, and it means they get a chance to use language they have perhaps had a chance to assimilate, rather than language they've just learned.

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