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i+1 reading or LingQ for vocabulary acquisition?

September 28 at 15:47

Some scholars in SLA like Krashen and Nation have stated that you best acquire new words when they contribute to the ~2% unknown words you encounter while reading and you hence infer their meaning by context and guessing.

This extensive reading approach is highly appreciated by Krashen and a lot of language teachers following the CI approach*.

That you can make this i+1 goal possible even for the lowest levels is shown by some incredibly clever written graded readers. If you use a lot of cognates, visual support and a clear context, reading is already possible at an A0 level and without using any dictionary.

Graded readers make it generally feasible to apply this i+1 approach for second language acquisition.

There are just some obstacles:

- Graded readers aren't available for every language at every level.

-Graded readers (or graded language learning material) are limited and not seldom more expensive than native content.

- Graded readers are mostly not very compelling.

But apart from that: Do you think that vocabulary acquisition is - given that resources exist - better done with an intuitive i+1 approach or the online dictionary-based LingQ approach?

* others oppose early reading arguing that this might lead to bad habits in pronunciation. They prefer exposure to audiovisual CI from the beginning.