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
The Best Way to Learn Language
ReadOasis Step 2 What’s the best way to learn a foreign language? As a linguist, I hear this question all the time. My students are in Japan, and many of them want to learn English. So they often ask me, “What’s the best way to improve my English?” Students... Read more
Dr. Day on Extensive Reading (TV)
Transcript of the video. Extensive reading is an approach to the teaching of language which involves the students reading a lot of books that are easy and interesting and that they choose. Even though we say extensive reading is an approach to the teaching of reading, we've discovered through... Read more
How to Acquire Language (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 How do humans acquire languages? The answer is remarkably simple. All people everywhere acquire languages in the same way. "We acquire languages by understanding messages." This is called the "comprehension hypothesis," and it was made famous by the distinguished linguist Dr. Stephen Krashen. I give this... Read more
A Small World of English
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Is it a small world after all? What do you think? Travellers easily move all around the world in the air. By the power of the Internet, a teacher in New Delhi meets face to face with a student in London. Through video link,... Read more
Moving to Think (TV -Step 2)
You can read this story at Step 2 and Step 4 (with audio and text).... Please login to read the rest of the story, or join ReadOasis today! 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
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 1)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) 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... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 2)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 2) 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... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 3)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 3) 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... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 4)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 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... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 5)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 5) 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... 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 (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 (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
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
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