Should We Teach Strategies?

Stephen Krashen, SKrashen, Sept 08, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Nice article on whether we should teach language-learning strategies (for example, strategies that help us comprehend, strategies that help us compose articles). In general, writes Stephen Krashen, it's a good idea, but he notes that some strategies are instinctive or innate ("everyone predicts..."). But strategies like bringing in background information can be helpful. "A wealth of research confirms that background information in the form of pictures, discussion, and easier reading helps make texts comprehensible. The validity of this strategy is confirmed by studies showing that texts on topics familiar to readers are generally more comprehensible than texts on unfamiliar topics."

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