We learn to write by reading, but writing can make you smarter

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  • Stephen Krashen

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https://doi.org/10.5007/2175-8026.2003n44p67

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English Language, English

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http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2175-8026.2003n44p67

My goal in this paper is to make two points: 1. Writing style does not come from writing or from direct instruction, but from reading. 2. Actual writing can help us solve problems and can make us smarter. Writing Style Comes from Reading A substantial amount of research slrongly suggests that wc learn to write by reading. To be more precise, wc acquire writing style, the special language of writing, by reading. Hypothesizing that writing style comes from reading, not from writing or instruction, is consistent with what is known about language acquisition: Most of language acquisition takes place subconsciously, not through deliberate study, and it is a result of input (comprehension), not output (production) (Krashen, 1982). Thus, if you wrile a page a day, your writing style or your command of mechanics will not improve. On Ihe other hand, other good things may result from your writing, as we shall see in the second section of this paper.

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2003-01-01

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