Where Is All the Comprehensible Input?

UPDATE: Read about how I’m creating comprehensible input videos that beginning English learners can watch, understand, and pick up English from without study, practice, or translation—even if they don’t know any English at all.

It’s been well over 30 years since linguist Dr. Stephen Krashen popularized the notion of comprehensible input as the basis for language acquisition.

According to Krashen, even as adults we become fluent in new languages not by studying and practicing words and rules, but by gaining exposure to language in ways that make it understandable to us.

You can see Krashen demonstrating comprehensible input in a 1983 BBC documentary where he’s shown giving an audience two brief German lessons.

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