I remember you said in your workshop that it takes 10k hours to reach an advanced proficiency in a language. What is the source for this?
I ask because some is asking me on Twitter after I posted an anti-homework post.
I went to trainings in the summer for 15 years. TPRS and iFLT. All the big trainers in early 2003 were throwing that number around. There must have been a source. I don’t know if it was Krashen. That was the beginning of the Total focus on him which still goes on.
My take from hearing that number at all the trainings was that they were talking about developing I think authentic communicative competence as opposed to a kind of stumbling competence. We’re also talking about building a genuine accent. That was my take away anyway.
But I think that they really didn’t know what they were talking about because they never really agreed on what the 10,000 hours MEANT.
I am sure that different researchers have come up with different numbers. But to me that is completely unimportant. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 10,000 or 5,000. What matters is that we only have 500 hours available if we teach every single minute of a four year program in high school which is a fraction of what is needed. So there’s no reason, no good outcome, to try to challenge the number.
I’ve actually gotten that question a lot over the years. I think it stems at a deep level of wanting to justify forced output early on.
Who cares? The number of hours is not the point at all. The point is that we don’t have enough time whatever the number is. So we need to stop trying to force early speech output instead of wasting time in the first two years and do what we should be doing over those years, input. That’s the point of it all, as I see it.
The best person to ask on this is Eric Herman.
Admins don’t actually read the research. They don’t have time. If or when they do read it, they do not really grasp it. How could