A workshop with Beniko Mason
in Salt Lake City - February 24th
Dr. Beniko Mason of Shitennoji University in Japan is an accomplished researcher and an experienced practitioner in the field of second language acquisition. She will present Story Listening, a method based on Dr. Krashen's Comprehension Hypothesis. The workshop will include the supporting theories and research behind the method, as well as demonstrations and how-to to get started with this simple but powerful approach to language acquisition.
Beniko Mason first began her Extensive Reading (ER) program in 1984 at a vocational school in Osaka, Japan based on the Input Hypothesis (Krashen, 1981, 1982, 1985). Her first research question was whether ER was more effective than Intensive Reading (IR), then whether ER alone was better than the eclectic method (ER plus IR), and finally whether ER alone was more efficient. Her research studies using her Japanese college and adult students confirmed that reading alone is not only effective but also efficient, with ER students gaining more per unit time than comparisons. She began to add auditory comprehensible input, “storytelling” into her reading program in 1990. She now calls it “Story-Listening.” She also calls her reading program “Story-Reading” instead of ER, distinguishing her language program from others, which are not fully consistent with current Second Language Acquisition Theory. She has given workshops on how to start and set up a language program with Story-Listening and Story Reading, and what factors contribute to creating a successful language program. SL and SR are theory-based and supported by research. Also, the methodology reduces the load on both students and teachers; and students don’t need to buy learning materials and textbooks.