ACQUIRING A SECOND LANGUAGE: How Compelling Comprehensible Input Impacts Success
Dr. Stephen Krashen

    Haiyun Lu

Wolcott School
524 N Wolcott Ave
Friday, September 23, 2016
8:30am registration, 9:00am - 3:30pm program


In this workshop for educators, participants will gain an understanding of:

Fundamentals of second language acquisition theory
  • How we acquire a second language
  • The uses and limits of grammar instruction
  • How compelling comprehensible input is effective for a variety of learners 
Beginning Second Language Teaching
  • What second language classes are for
  • The overwhelming case for comprehension-based methods as more engaging and effective
  • The power of stories and personalization 
  • The Total Physical Response (TPR) and Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) breakthrough
Intermediate Language Teaching
  • The path to academic language and why the easy way is the only way
  • The role of writing and its origins in reading
Special Feature
Workshop attendees will participate in a Chinese demonstration to illustrate the application of language acquisition theory and become a student and experience this powerful approach.

Space is limited. Register now.
For additional information, contact Niki Aquino at

$95 registration fee includes lunch only (no CE or PD credits)

$120 registration fee includes lunch and *Continuing Education (CE) or Professional Development (PD) credits

*Professional and Continuing Education credit: 
Oakton Community College/ALL/CEHP is an approved sponsor of continuing education for this program by the State of Illinois, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for the following professions: Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, and Audiologists (6.25 clock hours) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE): Professional Development Credits for Teachers, School Psychologists, and School Social Workers (6.25 hours).

Dr. Stephen Krashen is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. He is best known for developing the first comprehensive theory of second language acquisition, introducing the concept of sheltered subject matter teaching, and is the co-inventor of the Natural Approach to foreign language teaching. He has also contributed to theory and application in the area of bilingual education and literacy. 

He holds a PhD in Linguistics from UCLA, as well as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, awarded by Lewis Clark College, Portland. He was elected a member of the Reading Hall of Fame in 2005.

Haiyun Lu has been a Chinese language teacher since 1993. She currently teaches at one of the top rated independent schools in the Midwest. She is a presenter at various language related national conferences and a coach in Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS). She is a story writer in Chinese and a blogger in English.

The James Tyree Center provides outreach programming on adolescent development, educational practices, and learning differences.
Wolcott School

Wolcott School

524 N Wolcott Ave

Chicago, Il 60622
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