Stephen Krashen on the importance of reading

Stephen Krashen (University of Southern California) is an expert in the field of linguistics, specializing in theories of language acquisition and development. Much of his recent research has involved the study of non-English and bilingual language acquisition. Since 1980, he has published well over 100 books and articles and has been invited to deliver over 300 lectures at universities throughout the United States and Canada.

At Eager Readers we are strong proponents of Krashen’s theory of second language acquisition. His theory requires meaningful interaction in the target language – natural communication – in which speakers are concentrated not in the form of their utterances, but in the communicative act. 

Young learners will pick the language faster, better when they are in an environment where there is interaction in the target language done in a natural way as opposed to a formal way which is often the case in schools. Student to Student interaction is not only encouraged but a major part of the learning process. 

In this podcast Professor Kraschen talks about the importance of reading and most importantly the  importance of reading fiction. 

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