Extensive Reading, Because it Works!
  This is Professor Thomas Robb from Kyoto Sangyo University, and he is one of the world’s renowned experts on extensive graded reading.  Q: Tell us. Why should students do extensive reading? Dr. Robb: Why? Because it works. I’ve done it for Japanese as well. Really? Yeah. So I chose a mystery... Read more
Is Extensive Reading Good for You?
Here is a short interview with Dr. Richard Day. Dr. Day is a Professor at the University of Hawaii in the Department of Second Language Studies. He is a well-known and highly regarded linguist. In this interview on ReadOasis TV, Professor Day answers this question. Is extensive reading good... Read more
The Rabbit (TV)
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Are You Sleeping?
ReadOasis Step 2 The bells are ringing, but John is sleeping. It's time to wake up! This is the basic setting for the song "Are You Sleeping." In the English speaking world, many people know this song, and they can also sing the first lines in French. Frère Jacques,... Read more
Reading Can Beat Study Abroad (TV)
In this ReadOasis video, Dr. Hitoshi Nishizawa explains his research. He compared TOEIC scores for two kinds of students. Some studied for one year in English speaking countries. Others did extensive graded reading in Japan. Some of these students read more than 3 million words. And they got about... Read more
Reading Should Be Fun!
Interview with Dr. Charles Browne, Professor, Meiji Gakuin University. This is “Charles the Great,” from Meiji Gakuin University, and of course, English Central and many other places. And affectionately known as “Charlie.” We are going to ask him a couple of questions about extensive reading. first... Read more
The Rabbit Who Came to Supper
ReadOasis Step 5 (Part 1) Bugs Bunny “I'm trapped. Trapped. I gotta get out of this.I gotta think fast. Trapped. Oh boy, they've trapped a rabbit. Look, look fellows, I'm Rin Tin Tin.” Elmer Fudd “Now I got you. You're a dead rabbit.” Delivery Boy “Telegram for Elmer Fudd.”... Read more
Reading Makes Words Stick in Your Brain
ReadOasis: So here we are with Dr. Paul Nation, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wellington, Victoria (New Zealand).  And of course one of the most well-known linguists in the world. It’s an honor to have him. Just one quick question for our learners: How can extensive graded reading help... Read more
Dear Skeptical Reader!
ReadOasis: So this is our our second question with Dr. Richard Day. And this is from a student, and basically it’s this: What would you say to a student who doesn’t want to do ER because, let’s say, he or she wants to spend more time improving their listening... Read more
Comprehensible Input
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 2 Editor’s note: Krashen says that learning and acquisition are different. Learning means knowing about a language. Acquisition means knowing how to use a language.   If acquisition is it, the question then becomes "How do we acquire?” I'll give you two quick lessons... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 1)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 We're doing this for a few minutes just to briefly go over some of the fundamental concepts in our work in language acquisition. I'm gonna divide the presentation into three unequal parts. First, our theoretical work, and I'll be going through four basic... Read more
The Rabbit Who Came to Supper
ReadOasis Step 5 (Part 2) Elmer Fudd “Uncle Louie? What have I done? $3 million, all shot to pieces. Don't die, little rabbit. Please don't die.” Elmer Fudd “♪ Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top, ♪ When the wind blows, the cradle…” Bugs Bunny “Come on, fat stuff, swing... Read more
Language Acquisition (Part 1)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 I’d like to begin my presentation this afternoon by talking about what I think is the most important issue in language education, the most important question. And that is "How do we acquire language?" And I'd like to begin this discussion, this presentation... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 2)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 Let me begin this discussion by making what may appear to be an outrageous claim. I think we all acquire language in exactly the same way. The reason this is an outrageous thing to say is that these days in education as many... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 3)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 Let me just give you the feeling for a couple of these problems. Let's say you're taking a standard language class, say it’s French, and it’s the beginning level. And today is the past tense day. Today is the day we’re gonna review... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 4)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 Let me now summarize in a minute what just took me 20 minutes to say. We acquire language in one way when we get comprehensible input in a low anxiety situation. Now if this is true, we then have to consider how we... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 5)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 Just a brief review of what's going on now from my point of view with elementary language teaching. At the elementary level I think there are some fine methods that do what they're supposed to do. They provide comprehensible input in a low... Read more
Narrative is Easier for Learning Culture
ReadOasis Step 4 In this short video clip, Dr. David Hill speaks about liberal arts themes for extensive reading. He makes two basic points. First, when learners learn a language, they can benefit from learning culture, too. And this culture includes the themes of the humanities or liberal arts.... Read more
Language Acquisition (Part 2)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 Talking is not practicing. Talking is not practicing. What does this mean? It means if you want to improve your Spanish, it will not help you to speak Spanish out loud in the car as you drive to work in the morning. It... Read more
Language Acquisition (Part 3)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 I'd like to discuss one more hypothesis before we move on to literacy. And this is a very important one called the Affective Filter Hypothesis. Research in language acquisition has concluded that there are several factors that relate to success in language acquisition.... Read more