Category Archives: Language Articles

Comprehensible Input

THEORY OF STEPHEN KRASHEN OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION:  Part 2

In Part 1 of this article we addressed the Acquisition-Learning Hypothesis, the Natural Order Hypothesis, and the Monitor Hypothesis.  However, it is the final two hypotheses – the Input Hypothesis and the Affective Filter Hypothesis – which have the most practical application for both language acquisition and language teaching.  It is to these hypotheses that … Continue reading THEORY OF STEPHEN KRASHEN OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION:  Part 2

Stephen Krashen, Linguist & Educator

KRASHEN’S THEORY OF SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION:  Part 1

Current second language acquisition theory owes a great debt to the pioneering work of Stephen Krashen, a linguist, educational researcher, and professor emeritus at University of Southern California.  When Krashen proposed his 5 hypotheses in the early 1980s, they offered a new and radically different view of language acquisition.   While subsequent research has uncovered both strengths … Continue reading KRASHEN’S THEORY OF SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION:  Part 1

Listen and Learn a Foreign Language

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?

If you’ve ever wondered how to learn a foreign language, this article is for you.  Consider this: Your best way to learn a foreign language may be the opposite of the usual way! The most important element is desire.  Is this something you really “want” to do?  Maybe it’s something you really “need” to do, … Continue reading WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?

GET MOTIVATED NOW:  Why Is Being Bilingual Important to YOU?

If you’re like me, you’re amazed and in awe when you hear someone speaking in one language only to quickly switch and begin speaking in another one just as fluently.  That really motivates me and makes me wish I could do the very same thing.  I suppose you could call this my “WHY”.   So ask … Continue reading GET MOTIVATED NOW:  Why Is Being Bilingual Important to YOU?

Learn to Speak a Foreign Language

LEARN HOW TO SPEAK A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 10 STEPS TO SUCCESS

If you’re like me, you would love to learn to speak a foreign language, or two or three.  Whether it is for employment, travel, or just for fun, keeping the brain engaged in learning is healthy, smart, and many times fun if you choose the right thing to learn.  Being able to communicate better should … Continue reading LEARN HOW TO SPEAK A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 10 STEPS TO SUCCESS

Language barriers in the workplace

LANGUAGE BARRIERS IN THE WORKPLACE:  How to Overcome Them

The United States has been a cultural ‘melting pot’ or ‘salad bowl’ for over two hundred years.  With this trend, comes the reality that many cultures must co-exist and work together.  A harmonious blending doesn’t always happen, and there are challenges of diversity in the workplace environment.  How can we overcome language barriers in the … Continue reading LANGUAGE BARRIERS IN THE WORKPLACE:  How to Overcome Them