Is Light Reading Enough to Fully Acquire Academic Language? the Bridge Hypothesis

@article{Krashen2010IsLR,
  title={Is Light Reading Enough to Fully Acquire Academic Language? the Bridge Hypothesis},
  author={Stephen D. Krashen},
  journal={Journal on English Language Teaching},
  year={2010},
  volume={6},
  pages={30-38}
}
  • S. Krashen
  • Published 1 May 2010
  • Psychology
  • Journal on English Language Teaching
The Bridge Hypothesis states that pleasure reading acts as a bridge between conversational and academic language, providing the competence that makes demanding texts more comprehensible. In two studies, D. Gardner argues that pleasure reading does not play a role in helping children understand academic texts, but a close look at the data shows that Gardner's evidence actually supports the Bridge Hypothesis.  Keywords: Light reading, pleasure reading, academic language, vocabulary development. 
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