Dr. Krashen @ #FLENJ15

This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Dr. Stephen Krashen, thanks to the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey. Dr. Krashen delivered the keynote address at the FLENJ Annual Conference. Dr. Krashen’s hypotheses have informed my practice and driven my instruction of Spanish from the moment that I was exposed to them. Considering the “affective filter” when approaching each lesson, for instance, has become fundamental in determining my effectiveness as a teacher, as I conceptualize it as an invisible aura that allows me to either engage my students or lose them in five seconds.

I could probably write and talk for hours about how Dr. Krashen has influenced my work. This time, however, I want to share some of the statements that were my AHA! moments during his keynote address.


“Grammar is the result of comprehensible input.”

“Reading is the source of our literacy competence.”

“Input has to be compelling!”

“They (students) care about the story.”

“Language cannot be taught through skills methodology.”

“You cannot standardize education…you have to help people find who they are.”

I refrained from commenting on each statement as they can have a different meaning to our practice based on our individual experiences as educators. I hope one or more of these spark thoughtful consideration and meaningful discussion. To learn more about Dr. Krashen’s work click on the following link: http://www.sdkrashen.com/

¡Hasta pronto!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. melba
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 08:28:54



  2. Trackback: Dr. Krashen @ #FLENJ15 | shelenabrown

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