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Comprehension-driven language learning



One way to characterize approaches to language learning is by the focus of what the learner is doing. Comprehension-driven language learning focuses on learning to process messages in the target language. It initially emphasizes the receptive skills (listening comprehension and reading comprehension) rather than the productive skills (speaking and writing). The assumption is that speaking will eventually emerge on its own, and that pronunciation and real creative use of the language will be better if comprehension comes first and is emphasized more. Meaning is much more in focus than linguistic form.


Here are some of the principles on which comprehension-driven language learning is based:


The writer and researcher who has been most influential in promoting comprehension-driven is Stephen Krashen.


Krashen 1985, Krashen, 1987 and Krashen and Terrell 1983


Another writer who uses a lot of comprehension-driven language learning, whose works are included in the Language Learning bookshel, f is Greg Thomson.


Essays on field language learningby Greg Thomson

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