These are the quotes I use to motivate students and to justify reading in the classroom to skeptical parents and administrators:   READING IS FASTER THAN TRADITIONAL INSTRUCTION “Picking up word meanings by reading is 10 times faster than intensive vocabulary instruction.” ―Stephen Krashen (1993). The Power of Reading, p. 15, citing a study by Nagy, Herman and Anderson   READING BUILDS BIGGER VOCABULARIES “Less frequent words... may best be learned by reading extensively, because there is just not enough time to learn them all through conscious study.” ―Norbert Schmitt (2000). Vocabulary in Language Teaching, p. 137   READING STORIES [...]

By |2019-01-15T20:57:44-07:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Books, C.I. Skeptics, Encouragement, Krashen, Light Reading, Reading|0 Comments


June 29, 2018 PHILADELPHIA, PA—A new study on classroom practices by world language teachers confirms what many have suspected: the nation’s teachers are more divided than ever on how Dr. Stephen Krashen’s revolutionary hypotheses about language acquisition should be misinterpreted, misunderstood and misapplied to support their own instructional preferences. The study indicates that world language instructors are drifting further apart as proponents of varying practices come to terms with how Krashen’s work should be contorted to fit their own pre-determined teaching style and favorite units. While teachers on all sides of the issue agree that the principles of comprehensible input [...]

By |2018-06-29T11:58:43-07:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Fake News & Satire, Just for Fun, Krashen, Satire|1 Comment

COMPREHENSION CHECK & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (Krashen’s Hypotheses Series, #9 of 9)

  Check Your Understanding of Krashen's Hypotheses: (See all 9 posts in this series, plus a satirical piece on Krashen's work here)    Check Your Understanding of Krashen's Hypotheses . 1.  _________________________ is the unconscious absorbing of language when exposed to comprehended messages. 2.  _________________________ is getting conscious, focused knowledge of certain elements of a language through grammatical explanations, drills and studying. 3.  _________________________ results in knowing about the language. 4.  _________________________ results in being able to understand and use the language spontaneously and unconsciously. 5.  The ________________________ hypothesis suggests that the grammatical elements of a language are acquired in a predictable sequence that cannot [...]

OTHER HYPOTHESES (Krashen’s Hypotheses Series, #8 of 9)

The final post in this series (#(9/9), Comprehension Check and Discussion of Krashen's Hypotheses, is found here. There is overlap between each of these 3 hypotheses, as well as with the previous ones in this series. The Net Hypothesis    (A refinement of the Input Hypothesis) “Given enough comprehensible input at the i + 1 level, all the vocabulary and grammatical structures the student is ready to acquire is automatically provided.” •  i + 1 is the level of language that has been acquired (i) and just a little bit more (+1). i + 1 is a level of language that [...]

By |2018-10-22T20:47:03-07:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: C.I. Skeptics, Krashen|0 Comments

COMPELLING INPUT (Krashen’s Hypotheses Series, #7 of 9)

(Previous post in this series: The Affective Filter Hypothesis) The next post in this series (#8/9), Other Krashen Hypotheses, is found here. Focus on the Students like a MANIAC C: The Compelling Input Hypothesis (2011) "When the input is compelling you acquire whether you are interested in improving or not."     This hypothesis asserts that compelling input trumps everything else in language acquisition. It emphasizes the role of subconscious acquisition while attention is focused elsewhere. Language comes along for the ride when students are engrossed in a topic. The goal is to find material and topics that captivate students. These are [...]

By |2018-10-22T20:42:56-07:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: Compelling Input, Encouragement, Krashen|0 Comments

THE AFFECTIVE FILTER (Krashen’s Hypotheses Series, #6 of 9)

(Previous post in this series: The Input Hypothesis) The next post in this series (#7/9), The Compelling Input Hypothesis, is found here. Teach like a MANIAC A: The Affective Filter Hypothesis "Learning is filtered through the emotions." Psychological safety is one of the most important factors in a successful team. The classroom is no different. Your classroom needs to be a safe space where students are free to take chances. The class must be free of insults, put-downs, judgmental statements and crude language. Even snide remarks, rolling eyes, smirks, mockery, and lack of inclusion can have a negative impact on [...]

By |2018-10-22T20:39:14-07:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: Classroom Management, Krashen, Reading Body Language|1 Comment