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by Erica Fischer on Dec 9, 2009

Free eBook by Stephen Krashen on Language Acquisition

While visiting Stephen Krashen’s website last week, I stumbled across a free eBook he is offering titled Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition.I love Krashen’s work, so I downloaded the Acrobat version, printed it out and curled up next to the fire to read and learn.

Happily, reading this text helped me refocus my efforts as I teach my own family Spanish. I am once again investing additional time in presenting comprehensible input in Spanish throughout the day. It is so easy to give directions or make comments about our activities in Spanish. I also dug out some of my favorite Spanish picture books and began reading with the kids in Spanish more frequently. They love it and I am always amazed at how much language they acquire through reading aloud together. I also expand my vocabulary with this technique.
Additionally, I am more aware than ever of the Affective Filter. My son in particular is quick to put up his filter and I have to be continually aware of this fact. I even theorize that his filter is active and prevents acquisition/understanding in other subjects as well. We are testing out several methods to lower his filter when it is preventing his enjoyment of educational opportunities! Mostly, recognizing that the filter is a problem helps me, the teacher, look for ways to do something fun and lighthearted to take the emphasis off of effort and struggle and put the laughter back into our classroom. In my experience, putting a smile on his face is the surest way to dissolve his filter at any given moment.
Erica Fischer
Erica is the founder and CEO of Calico Spanish. Her passion for teaching her own children to speak Spanish led her to create Calico Spanish. Our mission is to give all children the opportunity to learn to speak real Spanish for life.

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