|THREE SHORT PRESENTATIONS:
The Comprehension Hypothesis vs. The Skill-Building Hypothesis: Why accept a delayed gratification hypothesis when the gratification never comes?
Developing Academic Language: How the language teaching profession has backed the wrong horse.
Pleasure and Ecstasy: Is language acquisition a junior ecstasy? Link to recording of presentation
Stephen Krashen is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Southern California.
He is best known for developing the first comprehensive theory of second language acquisition, introducing the concept of sheltered subject matter teaching, and as the co-inventor of the Natural Approach to foreign language teaching.
He has also contributed to theory and application in the area of bilingual education, and has done important work in the area of reading.
He holds a PhD in Linguistics from UCLA, was the 1977 Incline Bench Press champion of Venice Beach and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is the author of The Power of Reading (Heinemann, 2004, second edition).
His recent papers can be found at www.sdkrashen.com.