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Mastering Spanish Part Twenty-Three: Language Studying Versus Language Acquisition

In the field of second language acquisition, Stephen Krashen, Ph.D, is a name that rises above the academic din that generally begins when the topic of Language Acquisition versus Language Understanding is brought up. The noise becomes even much more deafening when someone, such as myself, would dare to report how the theories of Dr. Krashen have affected his private adventure in trying to achieve the highest possible degree of spoken fluency. With out at least a single Ph.D under your belt, you are regarded as (I want to say "an idiot" but I will not) unqualified to utter the words, "I get it" We live in an age that those in white coats are the final arbiters of truth. Unless you've earned your white coat, you'd finest sit there with your hands folded in your non-doctorate lap and keep your mouth shut. How can you start to understand the theories of basket weaving when you don't have a Ph.D in basket weaving? (I've in no way been a single for convention, so right here goes.) Lest I bore you with touting Dr. Krashen's academic resume and become guilty of white-coat worship myself, attempt Googling "Dr. Stephen Krashen" when you have nothing else far better to do than sift by way of the over 131,000 hits. The man does have an impressive track record and reputation in this field. Nevertheless, important thinking does demand that even though his credentials do demand consideration, is what he proposes true and reasonably worth our time and work to examine? Dr. Krashen's explanation of Second Language Acquisition follows along 5 points: 1) the Acquisition-Learning hypothesis, 2) the Monitor hypothesis, three) the Natural Order hypothesis, four) the Input hypothesis, five) the Affective Filter hypothesis. Maybe I should have begun my series on Learning Spanish with this materials, so bear with this diversion as I try to clarify it (and all I was in college was a lowly Voice Efficiency Music major!). "Language acquisition does not require substantial use of conscious grammatical guidelines, and does not require tedious drill." Stephen Krashen Next: The Acquisition-Mastering hypothesis. If you have an opinion about food, you will possibly require to explore about Stephen's Adventure.