Feb 282014

The Power of Reading.
Stephen D. Krashen.

When second language acquirers read for pleasure, they develop the competence to move from the beginning “ordinary conversational” level where they can use the second language for more demanding purposes, such as the study of literature, business, and so on. As some of the studies discussed earlier in this volume show, when second language acquirers read for pleasure, they can continue to improve in their second language without classes, without teachers, without study, and even without people to converse with.

Page: 146-147

As I work (again) on learning Spanish, I am encouraged to see that ‘reading’ can be a primary learning tool. It is a challenge to find enough interesting material to read but the better my vocabulary gets the larger the pool of books become.

The only issue I see with a reading immersion program will be with pronunciation. Much like homeschooled kids, I can see that a lot can be learned when the student is self-directed and has a love for reading. My readers always had a vocabulary beyond their years but the obvious way we pronounce and accent words is something that can only be learned by hearing. Spanish may not be as prone to error as English since Spanish has rules that English learners would die for.

By augmenting my reading with listening, much of this problem will hopefully be mitigated. In my audio library on my phone, I have a half dozen ‘learning Spanish’ podcasts and 6 easy-Spanish books. I hope that listening to these spoken by native speakers will assist me in learning correct pronunciation.

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    Feb 152014

    The Power of Reading.
    Stephen D. Krashen.
    Google Books

    While researching on Extensive Reading for foreign language acquisition I saw a number of references to articles by Stephen Krashen and this book in particular. Was pleased that my local library had this book on its shelves.

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  • Book Info

    The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research
    by Stephen D. Krashen
    Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
    Published: 08/19/2004
    ISBN-10: 1591581699
    ISBN-13: 978-1591581697
    Started: 02/14/2014
    Source: Mid-Columbia Library
    Format: paperback

    Publisher Synopsis

    Continuing the case for free voluntary reading set out in the book’s 1993 first edition, this new, updated, and much-looked-for second edition explores new research done on the topic in the last ten years as well as looking anew at some of the original research reviewed. Krashen also explores research surrounding the role of school and public libraries and the research indicating the necessity of a print-rich environment that provides light reading (comics, teen romances, magazines) as well as the best in literature to assist in educating children to read with understanding and in second language acquisition. He looks at the research surrounding reading incentive/rewards programs and specifically at the research on AR (Accelerated Reader) and other electronic reading products.

    Author Info
    Dr. Krashen has published more than 350 papers and books, contributing to the fields of second-language acquisition, bilingual education, and reading. He is credited with introducing various influential concepts and terms in the study of second-language acquisition, including the acquisition-learning hypothesis, the input hypothesis, the monitor hypothesis, the affective filter, and the natural order hypothesis. Most recently, Krashen promotes the use of free voluntary reading during second-language acquisition, which he says "is the most powerful tool we have in language education, first and second."

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