France Literature Re-blog

What’s Comprehensible Input, anyway?!

This looks interesting. I can well remember my, two, failed attempts at learning languages at school. The focus was on vocabulary, and especially grammar. I knew more of French and German grammar than I did English. I managed to leave school believing that pluperfect, and imperfect were French words. And yet, when in France I struggled to order a pack of cigarettes.

Loading up my little darlings with Comprehensible Input

Most simply it’s language that the listener (or reader) understands. And it’s really important.So important, in fact, that Dr. Krashen (Linguist and Educational Researcher Extraordinaire) asserts that“… ‘comprehensible input’ is the crucial and necessary ingredient for the acquisition of language.”

If you’re a parent, you already know this. When your children were small, you loaded them up with comprehensible input- you talked to them, sang to them, read books to them and asked them questions. You did this for along time before any language came out. And you know they understood you waaaaay before they could answer you back.Don’t touch that! Do you want juice? It’s nap time.Even before babies can express themselves verbally, they demonstrate their comprehension by nodding, shaking their heads, and obeying (or willfully disobeying!)

Isn’t it amazing that your children never needed grammar exercises or vocabulary lists to become proficient in…

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