SLA Theory

Hi-Impact Reading Strategies

By |2021-09-15T22:04:42-06:00September 15th, 2021|

It's here! I have been working on this book for a year and a half, (well, actually, my whole career). And it's finally done. This is the best of what I teach teachers. It is some of the best work I have ever written, a distillation of all my [...]

MANIAC: A Useful Acronym to Remember Krashen’s Hypotheses

By |2021-06-11T17:39:13-06:00June 11th, 2021|

MANIAC: Krashen's 6 Hypotheses is a document that will help you to remember the core ideas of comprehension-based teaching. MANIAC is an acronym that will help you to remember six of Dr. Stephen Krashen's hypotheses about language acquisition, and how they can be applied in the classroom. I chose maniac [...]

Reading Quote #18: Figuring Out the Grammar

By |2020-10-29T20:05:26-06:00November 8th, 2020|

Reading does it! Find free reading materials on Storylabs, an online library for language learning. Access their free materials here: The stories on Storylabs have accompanying audio, online and printable activities, as well as usage tracking so teachers can hold their students accountable. The text of these stories [...]


By |2020-08-25T17:56:23-06:00August 20th, 2020|

Teaching with comprehensible input (98%) with occasional translation makes sense because students don’t acquire language from incomprehensible input. Many world language instructors are attracted to input-based teaching. They get that students cannot acquire language unless they hear it. So far, so good. That makes sense. So, they try to [...]


By |2020-04-20T17:25:20-06:00April 20th, 2020|

Reading Quotes w Citations  These are quotations you will want to be aware of about why reading is so important for language acquisition and how to read with students. They are from leading thinkers in world language. There are categories on The Efficiency of Reading, Reading & Vocabulary, Reading & [...]

I Want My Students to Produce More & Better Output!

By |2020-02-27T16:09:51-07:00February 27th, 2020|

We all want more and better output from our students, but how does that happen? The iceberg is students' total acquisition. The part above the water line is what they can say and write–the messages they can produce. The bigger part under water is what students can comprehend by [...]


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