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Academic Paper


Title: Reexamining the Role of Input and the Features of Optimal Input ( I )
Author: Niu Qiang
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Institution: University of Wisconsin Madison
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: If input plays a significant role in SLA, then the next question is what kind of input is most helpful to the learner? Krashen (1982) defined that optimal input should (1) be comprehensible; (2) be interesting and/or relevant; (3) not be grammatically sequenced; (4) be in sufficient quantity. We made some modifications to this list which may still not be comprehensive; however, if the learner can be exposed to input containing these features, it is considered that acquisition is likely to occur. Such input should be comprehensible, authentic, attractive and interesting, interactive, up-to-date, culture-bearing, and in great quantity.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Teaching English in China Vol.24. No.3 Dec. 2001


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