Sociocultural Theory and the Teaching of Second Languages - James P. Lantolf

Sociocultural Theory and the Teaching of Second Languages - James P. Lantolf

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Sociocultural Theory and the Teaching of Second Languages - James P. Lantolf

James P. Lantolf [+-]
School of Foreign Studies, Xi'an Jiaotong University; The Pennsylvania State University, Emeritus
James P. Lantolf is George and Jane Greer Professor of Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics, Director of the Center for Language Acquisition, and Co-director of Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research at The Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include Sociocultural Theory, second language acquisition, metaphor and conceptual knowledge. His is co-author, with S.L.Thorne, of Sociocultural Theory and the Genesis of Second Language Development (2006) and edits the Equinox journal Language and Sociocultural Theory
Matthew E. Poehner [+-]
The Pennsylvania State University
Matthew E. Poehner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Professor-in-Charge of World Language Education at The Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include Sociocultural Theory, Dynamic Assessment and Concept-Based Language Instruction. He has published articles in Journal of Applied Linguistics, The Modern Language Journal, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies , and Language Teaching Research. He is author of Dynamic Assessment: A Vygotskian Approach to Understanding and Promoting Second Language Development (2008).

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L.S. Vygotsky, the renowned Russian psychologist, argued that the true test of any scientific theory is not the contribution it makes to our understanding of the object of study but the extent to which it improves the concrete practical activities of people, including those that take place in educational settings. The fourteen original chapters included in the present volume document innovations in second and foreign language teaching that are rooted in Vygotsky’s theory of cognitive development. Researchers and language teaching practitioners will find implementations at the classroom and programmatic levels of Vygotskian principles and concepts, including cognitive mediation, the zone of proximal development, activity theory, internalization, verbalization, and materialization.

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Lantolf, James P. ; Poehner, Matthew E. . Index. Sociocultural Theory and the Teaching of Second Languages. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 407-422 Jul 2008. ISBN 9781845532505. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=29315. Date accessed: 21 Feb 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.29315. Jul 2008

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