Applied Linguistics

Krashen hypotheses and language acquisition with details

Stephen Krashen and his hypotheses

American psycholinguist Stephen Krashen is known primarily for his so-called hypotheses about language acquisition  (developed in the 70-the 80s). Krashen hypotheses and language acquisition with details 

1- hypothesis of language learning – language acquisition

The first hypothesis is the hypothesis of language learning – language acquisitionLanguage learning (learning) and language acquisition  (acquisition) are two different things and should not be confused. Learning a language is a purely conscious process (learning grammar rules, memorizing new words). This helps to understand the cogs and cogs of the tongue, but alas, it does not help to speak the language without difficulty. Learning is gaining knowledge of a language, about his grammar, syntax, etc. Even if a student knows all the grammar rules by heart, this is not a guarantee that the student will speak fluently, because while speaking, a person does not have time to remember the rules and think about how to correctly construct a phrase. Speaking is largely an automatic process. In order for speech to flow naturally, the language must be mastered at an unconscious level, when the correct words or phrases themselves are at the tip of the tongue. Many good speakers cannot even always explain why they used one or another phrase, they cannot cite a grammatical rule in support of their choice. They intuitively know what to say that way. This is the acquisition, that is, proficiency in the language at an unconscious level, as is the case with native speakers.

2- Editor hypothesis ( monitor hypothesis )

Hence the second hypothesis – Editor hypothesis ( monitor hypothesis ). A very descriptive metaphor! When we learn grammar rules and cram new words, such a small editor turns on in our head, which constantly monitors us: “Yes, now you said correctly”, “no, here you said something no, it should have been different.” With such a severe controller, there is no time for spontaneous and lively speech. Some are so afraid of this boring editor that they are no longer able to squeeze out the elementary The table is black.

3-  Hypothesis input material (input hypothesis)

The third hypothesis – hypothesis input material (input hypothesis). The process of mastering the language is going well only on the condition that the flow of foreign speech that falls on the student is only slightly higher than the level that the student has already reached. “Do you want to say,” the teachers exclaimed, “that lists of new words of 10-15 words and expressions and two or three grammar rules at a time are too many ?!” “Yes,” Krashen replied. – Exactly!”. Learn as many words and rules in one sitting, you can, and learn – not. Therefore, a very large part of the learned foreign language goes into passive. You can know many words, but at the same time, the living speech will remain rather primitive.

4- The natural order hypothesis ( natural order hypothesis )

The fourth hypothesis of the crash – the natural order hypothesis ( natural order hypothesis ). Asserts that people acquire a language in a specific order, and that order cannot be influenced by any explicit explanations from the teacher.

5- The hypothesis of affective filter ( affective filter hypothesis )

Fifth –  the hypothesis of affective filter ( affective filter hypothesis ) claims that our perception, language including, depends on our affective state at the time of the study. And the process of language acquisition is greatly inhibited or even blocked if the student experiences negative emotions (fear, shame, etc.). This hypothesis of Krashen contributed to the destruction of the traditional stereotype that the student needs to feel “awe” before the teacher, otherwise, no learning will work. Krashen hypotheses and language acquisition with details 

Affective filter and what does it have to do with the process of learning a second language

In the seventies and eighties, authors such as Stephen Krashen, Dulay, and Burt, began to investigate those factors that prevented or favored the acquisition of a foreign language. One of their hypotheses was that of the “Affective Filter” and had to do with the role of affect, that is, the effect of personality, motivation, and other affective variables in the acquisition of a second language. According to this hypothesis, the affective filter is comparable to an affective block that the student can present when, in the classroom, factors such as anxiety, demotivation, and low self-esteem or self-confidence are added.

According to this model, the greater the filter or effective block, the less successful the learning of a language and vice versa. This filter or affective blockage towards a foreign language can begin in childhood and gain strength during puberty and will never reach a very low level again, so it can affect the student’s performance and relationship with the foreign language throughout his life.

Nowadays, speaking from my experience at an early age, I can say that this theory, although it has been around for many years, makes a lot of sense and relevance in the reality of our children. A classroom that guarantees favorable affective factors for them is a classroom that is guaranteeing the learning of a foreign language.

We know that our children have different learning rhythms and situations, that is why in the CCH, starting in the gan, we sow an environment of trust in which the child does not feel intimidated. Through games and recreational activities, we cultivate general motivation in them, without neglecting the academic rigor that meets our quality standards. We support their communicative intentions using the foreign language, recognizing their efforts and supporting them in this construction both inside the classroom and in spaces outside of it, including reinforcements, if necessary.

In this way, we are laying down a ground for life, in which our learner will feel the confidence and even the love for communicating in a second language, without fear of making mistakes, regardless of the skills or difficulties they may have. The process begins from early childhood and the relationship that we help build our children with the language we want to teach is our responsibility and our challenge. Let’s make it a positive, memorable, and successful experience. Krashen hypotheses and language acquisition with details 

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