ROCKET LANGUAGES — REVIEW

Product:  Rocket Spanish Overall Ranking:  98/100 Price:  $149.95 per level (3 levels) Owners:  Rocket Languages Website:  www.rocketlanguages.com INTRODUCTION Rocket Languages offers courses in Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi, as well as English and Sign Language.  While this review is based on my own study of Rocket Spanish, I … Continue reading ROCKET LANGUAGES — REVIEW

THREE “CAN’T MISS” OCTOBER SALES

The Pimsleur Method The Pimsleur method is one of our favorite language learning programs, especially if your best time for learning is during your daily commute or a long trip.  Just listen and repeat, respond, or answer the question.  It’s interactive and gets you actually speaking the language.  The only downside to Pimsleur is the … Continue reading THREE “CAN’T MISS” OCTOBER SALES

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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