In this post I'd like to declare the importance, to me, of Stephen Krashen's hypotheses.
At the outset I'd like to state for the record that I am extremely biased; I agree with over 99% of what Stephen has to say. Oh, go on! 100%.
I'm doing this to weigh up the importance of his 5th hypothesis: the affective filter hypothesis. Off the top of my head I predict that, again in my case, it is the most significant. But let's see . . .
- Input hypothesis (i+1) Very important. 4th
- Acquisition/learning hypothesis. Extremely important. 3rd
- Monitor hypothesis. Quite Important. 5th
- Natural order hypothesis. Important 6th
- Affective filter hypothesis. Most important 1st
- Reading hypothesis. Hugely important. 2nd
Feeling negatively disposed toward a language has delayed my learning it by as much as 45 years. What a waste!