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  • Don Osborn
    This article (abstract from multied-l only included below) may be of interest. Note the discussion of the importance of literacy in the first language to
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      This article (abstract from multied-l only included below) may be of
      interest. Note the discussion of the importance of literacy in the
      first language to learning in the second. DZO
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      From: Stephen Krashen
      To: multied-l@...
      Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 7:21 PM
      Subject: English Fever

      Now available at http://www.sdkrashen.com

      Dealing with English Fever
      Stephen Krashen
      Paper to be presented at the Twelfth International Symposium on
      English Teaching, Taipei, Taiwan, November, 2003

      Abstract: There is no question that English is crucial in today's
      world, but the usual approaches to EFL, often based on popular folk-
      theories of language acquisition, are inefficient. Based on what is
      known about how language is acquired, age differences, literacy
      development and bilingual education, a different and less strenuous
      approach is recommended, featuring comprehensible input-based
      methodology, recreational reading, and a strong education in the
      primary language. This program need not begin in early childhood, and
      is intended to provide the EFL student with the tools to continue to
      improve in English after formal instruction has ended.


      EFL = English as a foreign language
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