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Cho, Kyung-Sook; Ahn, Kyoung-Ok; Krashen, Stephen – Reading Improvement, 2005
Narrow reading means reading in only one genre, one subject matter, or the work of one author. The case for narrow reading was first presented over twenty years ago (Krashen, 1981). Narrow reading, it was argued, has the advantage of providing the developing reader with a familiar context, that is, familiar background knowledge that helps make…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Ability
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Krashen, Stephen – Reading Improvement, 2002
Reflects that the term "whole language" involves instilling a love of literature, problem-solving and critical thinking, collaboration, authenticity, personalized learning, and much more. Examines some recent research dealing with two fundamental points of contention between the two sides of the phonics and whole language debate. Finds evidence…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Elementary Education, Literature Appreciation, Phonics
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Cho, Kyoung-Sook; Krashen, Stephen – Reading Improvement, 2002
Discusses how a mother's efforts to encourage her children to read in English as a foreign language were not successful until she allowed the children to select their own reading. Concludes that self-selected reading resulted in clear improvements in attitudes toward English reading and obvious gains in English competence. (SG)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Mothers, Parent Role
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Cho, Kyung-Sook; Krashen, Stephen – Reading Improvement, 2001
Describes how a single positive experience in self-selected reading of children's books resulted in a profound change in attitudes toward recreational reading among Korean teachers in English as a foreign language. Concludes that after the experience, nearly all teachers reported they were interested in using sustained silent reading in their…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Korean
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Krashen, Stephen – Reading Improvement, 1998
Notes the California's Reading Task Force's heavy emphasis on phonemic awareness (PA) evaluation and training. Argues that although evidence shows that phonemic awareness will emerge by simply reading, California's school libraries--ranked near last in the nation--would require a massive commitment to rise to the task. Argues (in an ironic tone)…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence