Learn the Theory behind Story-Listening and GSSR.

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Course Highlights

  • Overcoming Communication Barriers: Understand why forced speaking can be counterproductive and learn about the significance of the Silent Period in language acquisition.
  • Rethinking Language Education: Delve into the merits of a delayed gratification approach in language education and the shortcomings of skill-based conscious learning.
  • Understanding the Conduit Hypothesis: Explore the Conduit Hypothesis and its role in language acquisition, backed by solid evidence.
  • The Input Hypothesis: Contrast the Input Hypothesis with other theories in language learning.
  • Vocabulary and Comprehension: Analyze the effectiveness of direct vocabulary teaching and the role of comprehension checking in language learning.
  • The Role of Input in Language Learning: Explore the benefits of a delayed gratification approach in language education and the limitations of skill-based conscious learning.

What will you learn in the course?

Learn from the creator of the Theory of Second Language Acquisition

Dr. Stephen Krashen's hypotheses are some of the most widely known among linguists and language teachers.

Course presented through animated Q&As and dialog

Drs. Krashen and Mason deliver a concise yet comprehensive course on the theory and research behind Story-Listening and GSSR.

Class 1:

Speaking and Writing Don’t Help

  • Forced Speaking Raises Anxiety and Blocks Acquisition
  • The Silent Period
  • Case History: Armando
  • Merrill Swain’s Comprehensible Output Hypothesis
  • Comprehensible Output and Undertow

Class 2:

Why Support a Delayed Gratification Approach to Language Education


Class 3:

The Conduit Hypothesis

  • The Conduit Hypothesis
  • Narrow Reading
  • The Three Stages of Language Acquisition
  • Evidence to Support the Conduit Hypothesis

Class 4:

The Input Hypothesis and its Rivals

  • The Input Hypothesis Defined
  • Who are the Rivals?
  • Input Hypothesis or Comprehension Hypothesis

Class 5:

Direct Teaching of Vocabulary and Comprehension Checking

  • Comprehension Checking
  • The Research
  • Can Context be Misleading?
  • Comprehension Questions After Reading
  • Direct Teaching of Vocabulary
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Class 6:

Non-Target Input

  • Non-Targeted and Targeted Input
  • Natural Order of Acquisition
  • Targeting and Context
  • Evidence Supporting Non-Targeted Input

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