Despite being the world’s lingua franca, English is the most difficult European language to learn to read. Children learning other languages master the basic elements of literacy within a year, but British kids take two-and-a-half years to reach the same point.
British Council is proud to present an interview with Professor Stephen Krashen. Professor Krashen was kind enough to speak to us on camera during his visit to Istanbul and appearance at Yıldız Technical University’s School of Foreign Languages, 1st International ELT Symposium.
This presentation briefly reviews some of the evidence for the “comprehension hypothesis,” which states that we acquire language and develop literacy when we understand what we hear and read.
We do not master languages by hard study and memorization, or by producing it. Rather, we acquire language when we understand what people tell us and what we read, when we get “comprehensible input.” As we get comprehensible input through listening and reading, we acquire (or “absorb”) the grammar and vocabulary of the second language.