In this quick post, I want to introduce the concept of narrow input. We’ll go from what to why to how: what it is, why it’s a good idea, and how you can implement it in your classroom.
Defining Narrow Input
So, we know input: the language that our learners take in, via either reading or listening, the two receptive language skills. Accordingly, the two forms of narrow input are narrow reading and narrow listening, the former being much more heavily discussed than the latter. But what exactly makes them narrow?
What it means is limiting the texts students read, generally by subject matter, but also possibly by author or genre. Continue reading