Sy Ying Lee

I got this link from Beniko Mason. In it, Sy Ying Lee implies that reading is vastly underutilized by most if not all of us. We have Krashen’s research, but we don’t use it, even though we know that it is so powerful – that is what I draw from this most important message. I think that this voice thread should be required listening for all foreign language teachers in the world:



3 thoughts on “Sy Ying Lee”

  1. This is AWESOME!!!! I had heard these results from Krashen but I did not have a cite for them. I bought the voicethread and downloaded it so that I can always have it. You are right on, Ben. This should be REQUIRED for all FL teachers. Thanks so much for posting this!

  2. I’ll say…it chops out whatever pieces of resistance I have to FVR. Three research studies tease out the remarkable advantage in vocabulary development of students in a book-rich classroom over a semester’s reading.
    About slide 23/24, the researcher gives some compelling data about vocabulary (learning? acquisition?) and effectiveness of classroom activities with storytelling. She shows that teaching a story alone is much more efficient in long-term retention of vocabulary words per dedicated classroom minute than is teaching a story and then following up with a variety of interactive activities.
    Listen to it soon–it’s not going to be up there forever.
    Thank goodness Susie commented, or I might have put off watching ’till too late.

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