Stephen Krashen

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Stephen D. Krashen
OccupationLinguist, educational researcher
EmployerUniversity of Southern California
TitleProfessor emeritus

Stephen Krashen is a linguist and educational researcher. He is professor emeritus at the University of Southern California (USC).[1] Krashen moved from the USC linguistics department to the School of Education in 1994. He is also an activist who works hard to support bilingual education.

Work[change | change source]

Dr. Krashen has published more than 350 papers and books about second-language acquisition, bilingual education, and reading.[2] He introduced several important ideas in the study of learning another language, including the acquisition-learning hypothesis, input hypothesis, monitor hypothesis, affective filter, and the natural order hypothesis.[3] He started the Natural Approach to language learning and teaching with Tracy D. Terrell . More 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."[4]

Educational Activism[change | change source]

Krashen lives and works in California. Government plans for education there turned against bilingual education. Krashen said that this was a bad idea and responded with research that showed problems with he new policies. He also spoke publicly and wrote many letters to newspaper editors. In 1998, Krashen campaigned very hard against Proposition 227. Though he tried hard, the proposition passed and got rid of most bilingual education in California. Even though he lost, Krashen continues to work hard in support of bilingual education as other states try to get rid of it. His letters often appear in many newspapers. Krashen believes researchers should be more active to educate the public, especially about bilingual education.

Personal[change | change source]

Krashen holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and was the winner of the 1978 Venice Beach Open Incline Press. He spent two years in Ethiopia teaching English and science with the Peace Corps.

Writing[change | change source]

  • Krashen, S.D. (1981). Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning (PDF). Oxford: Pergamon. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  • Krashen, S.D. (1982). Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition (PDF). Oxford: Pergamon. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-10. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  • Krashen, S.D. (1985), The Input Hypothesis: Issues and Implications, New York: Longman
  • Krashen, S.D. (1989), "We Acquire Vocabulary and Spelling by Reading: Additional Evidence for the Input Hypothesis", The Modern Language Journal, vol. 73, National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations, Wiley, pp. 440–464, JSTOR 326879
  • Krashen, S.D. (1994), "The Comprehension Hypothesis and its Rivals", Selected papers from the Eleventh International Symposium on English Teaching/Fourth Pan-Asian Conference, p. 9
  • Krashen, S.D. (1996), The case for narrow listening, vol. 24, System, pp. 97–100
  • Mason, B.; Krashen, S. (1997), "Extensive reading in English as a foreign language", System, vol. 25, pp. 91–102[permanent dead link]
  • Krashen, S.D. (2003), Explorations in Language Acquisition and Use (PDF), Portsmouth: NH: Heinemann.
  • Krashen, S.D; Terrell, T.D. (1983). The Natural Approach. New York: Pergamon.
  • McQuillan, J.; Krashen, S.D. (2008), "Commentary: Can free reading take you all the way? A response to Cobb (2007)", About Language Learning & Technology, vol. 6, pp. 104–109

References[change | change source]

  1. "Emeriti and Retired". USC Rossier School of Education. Archived from the original on 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  2. "2005 NABE Executive Board Election, Regional Representatives, West Region —Candidates' Statements & Biographies (PDF)" (PDF). National Association for Bilingual Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-05-25. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  3. Krashen, S. (2003) Explorations in Language Acquisition and Use. Portsmouth: Heimemann.
  4. "Achievement Profile: Stephen Krashen". Scott, R.

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