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Krashen's Affective Filter Hypothesis explains that affective facts such anxiety may serve as a filter that blocks input.
Jose, can you tell me, in English, what you had for breakfast today?
What if I say the wrong words and everyone laughs or the teacher gets mad
She isn't going to say my name right, again. I don't have any friends here who can understand me.
I can see that Jose and Apollonia seem anxious or nervous in class. I should lower the affective filter for them by making them feel more comfortable and understood. This could be why they are not making gains in language acquisition.
Krashen's Affective Filter Hypothesis helps this teacher understand how that her students emotions and anxiety in class need to be lowered for improvement in their language acquisition.
Class today we will practice using Spanish and English words for breakfast so that we all practice new language together. Afterwards we will pair up with students and get to know each other to improve our classroom of inclusiveness.
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