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Dr. Krashen is professor emeritus at USC, a linguist, educational researcher, and activist, and self-professed “grammar wonk”. He speaks often on L2 acquisition, neurolinguistics, reading and the controversial topic of bilingual education.

He promotes the use of free voluntary reading during second-language acquisition, which he says “is the most powerful tool we have in language education.”

There is massive evidence that self-selected reading, or reading what you want to read, is responsible for most of our literacy development.

Readers have better reading ability, know more vocabulary, write better, spell better, and have better control of complex grammatical constructions.

In fact, it is impossible to develop high levels of literacy without being a dedicated reader, and dedicated readers rarely have serious problems in reading and writing. ― Stephen D. Krashen



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