Stephen Krashen studied the differences between language acquisition and second language learning . The former is a subconscious process (we are not aware that we are learning), while the latter is only “learning about the language. Acquiring the language is more successful and longer lasting. In the presentation below, the speaker will talk about Krashen’s
- natural order hypothesis
- monitor hypothesis
- input hypothesis (the most important one)
- effective filter hypothesis
The differences between acquisition and language learning are extremely important to be known by ESL teachers.
Krashen’s hypothesis is presented here: http://fredshannon.blogspot.com/2005/11/input-hypothesis.html.
Think of the relevance of the suggested theories for you as a language teacher and post your ideas here, as a short comment.