Free voluntary reading and heritage language development

Cho, Grace and Krashen, Stephen (2020) Free voluntary reading and heritage language development. Language and Language Teaching, 9 (2). 05-09. ISSN 2277-307X

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The paper discusses a free voluntary approach to improving Heritage Language (HL)* competence. The approach includes reading self-selected books and watching TV in HL. Seven heritage language speakers of Korean living in the US were asked what they thought was the best way to improve their Korean language skills. All seven mentioned reading; five of them were dedicated readers in Korean, and three explicitly gave the credit for their proficiency in Korean to reading. The findings from the study justify the inclusion of pleasure reading in HL programs in the form of popular literature written in the students' HL.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Cho, Grace and Krashen, Stephen
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Heritage language development, Free voluntary reading
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
Full Text Status: Public
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