Helping Students Understand Second Language Acquisition

As a teacher, I’m committed to teaching language in the way that I think is the most effective. Based on my teaching experience and the research I’ve read on second language acquisition, I would say that focusing on providing students with comprehensible input is the best way that I can help my students. The problem,…… Continue reading Helping Students Understand Second Language Acquisition

How Do Learners Acquire Vocabulary?: Receiving Input vs. Producing Output

The conventional wisdom in our society is that speaking or writing in a language is better for language learners than simply listening to it or reading it. In other words, producing output is better than receiving input. I think part of the reason for this is our cultural idea that “active” is better than “passive.”…… Continue reading How Do Learners Acquire Vocabulary?: Receiving Input vs. Producing Output

What is the Role of Explicit Knowledge in Second Language Acquisition?

When I was first learning about the research on second language acquisition and was trying to figure out what it meant to teach using comprehensible input, one of the biggest obstacles for me was understanding the role of explicit knowledge. “Explicit knowledge” refers to being able to state a fact or a “rule” about a…… Continue reading What is the Role of Explicit Knowledge in Second Language Acquisition?