Squabbles on social media
Published in Language Magazine, November 2017 (vol 17,1: 8)
The “Dear Editor” section of the September Language Magazine was dedicated to social media posts reacting to my work.
By far the most entertaining was Robert Easterbrook’s claim that my work is old and inconsistent with brain research, and that we should therefore “get over Krashen.” As letter writer Mark Chapman points out, Easterbrook provides us with no details. In my view, a large number of studies confirm the hypotheses proposed 40 years ago, and apparent counterexamples have been dealt with (articles in www.sdkrashen.com). I have also commented on brain research in an article in Language Magazine entitled “The White Stuff” (February 2009).
In much friendlier commentaries, Roberto Alvira and Scarlett Ostojic suggest that comprehensible input needs to be complemented with “pushed output,” following the Comprehensible Output hypotheses proposed by Merrill Swain. I argue against this is in my book, Explorations in Language Acquisition and Use (2003, Heinemann) and also in a short paper, Krashen, S. 1998. Comprehensible output? System 26: 175-182 (available for free download at www.sdkrashen.com, section on language acquisition).