I was very pleased to spend some time with Dr. Stephen Krashen at the 5th Annual Extensive Reading Seminar in Nagoya, Japan. Dr. Krashen is a man so well known that even my wife was impressed when I set this one up. We talked about some of his hundreds of publications, about his groundbreaking hypotheses, and about learning to read in first and second languages.

If you would like to know more, Dr. Krashen makes plenty of his work available online. Scott Thornbury’s blog post ‘K is for Krashen’ is interesting as ever, but the comments (including those from Stephen Krashen himself) add value. Finally, thanks to the JALT ER SIG for putting on such a great event and doing such great work all year round promoting Extensive Reading in Japan.

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4 Thoughts on “an interview with dr. stephen krashen

  1. Pingback: An interview with dr. Stephen Krashen at the 5th Annual Extensive Reading Seminar | Nagasaki JALT's online news magazine | Scoop.it

  2. Bill Templer (Shumen, Bulgaria) on July 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm said:

    The two books Stephen mentions but a bit hard to hear are: Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child (2009)
    Nancie Atwell, The Reading Zone: How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers (2007)

    Almost all graded reading for ER is fiction/non-fiction Very few dramas aside from Shakespeare. This should be changed, we need extensive comprehensible input through drama, and should not have to depend on commercial publishers for this.

  3. Thanks for this interesting read

  4. @Bill: thanks so much for the titles – these are indeed somewhat hard to hear when Dr. Krashen mentions them in an interview. On a side note, couldn’t agree more with you on the use of drama in teaching.

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