Articles By: Benjamin Niedzielski

Input Hypothesis

Published: January 14, 2020
foreign language textbooks

The idea that language learners need exposure to the language (or “input”) to make progress in the target language is neither surprising nor new.  What is surprising is what the best type of input might be. Linguist Stephen Krashen (a UCLA graduate) has written about this in his “Input Hypothesis”. Krashen supports an i+1 input…

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Textual analysis and word clouds

Published: December 12, 2018
A small word cloud of terms associated with word clouds

If you have done work in the Humanities, you have likely come across the concept of “close reading” — the careful, detailed examination and interpretation of a short passage of text. The understanding gained is precise and, when done well, shows important information about the text as a whole. Close reading, however, can and should…

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