#074 | Stephen Krashen on the Comprehensible Input Method


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Linguist and professional researcher joins Benny Lewis and Shannon Kennedy to discuss comprehensible input, compelling input, and language acquisition.

Stephen Krashen is a professor emeritus who is well-known for his work and research into comprehensible input. He has hundreds of publications to his name and has greatly contributed to the field of language acquisition.

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Episode Overview

Some of the topics brought up during the interview are:

  • How a trip to Ethiopia led to Stephen Krashen’s career in linguistics
  • How adults go through a predictable language acquisition pattern
  • Why we know grammar but struggle to use it correctly, and how to bridge this gap
  • What comprehensible input is and why it works
  • How comprehensible input differs from compelling input
  • Why graded readers are effective resources for language learners
  • The power of reading fiction
  • How the speaking approach is still a mostly input approach
  • Making the shift from input to output
  • Accents, and how we’re better at them than we think
  • Managing your time with multiple languages
  • Romanization and its role in language acquisition

Podcast theme: “A New Beginning” by Shannon Kennedy

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