Comprehensible input hypothesis

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The comprehensible input hypothesis is a hypothesis related to language acquisition that states that people acquire language through understanding comprehensible input.

It forms an important part of Stephen Krashen’s theory of second language acquisition (1985),[1] states that students improve and progress following a “natural order” in which they are constantly receiving input (i) from the target language at a higher level than that which corresponds to their current level of linguistic control. In other words, study material should always be i + 1.[2]

Krashen acknowledges predecessors, particularly Frank Smith, Kenneth Goodman, James Asher and Leonard Newmark, and says he is "simply… …responsible for public relations"[3]

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