Two Treatises of Government: And a Letter Concerning Toleration

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Yale University Press, Nov 1, 2003 - Political Science - 376 pages
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How does a person learn a second language? In this book, Marysia Johnson proposes a new model of second language acquisition (SLA) - a model that shifts the focus from language competence (the ability to pass a language exam) to language performance (using language competently in real-life contexts). Johnson argues that current SLA theory and research is heavily biased in the direction of the cognitive and experimental scientific tradition. She draws on Vygotsky's sociocultural theory and Bakhtin's literary theory to construct an alternative framework for second language theory, research, teaching, and testing. The origin of second language acquisition is not located exclusively in the learner's mind, the author says, but in dialogical interaction conducted in a variety of settings.

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User Review  - Claire - Goodreads

I read the Second Treatise on Government as part of my Great Works Project. I'm not going to lie: this was tough. I had a hard time maintaining interest, despite the fact that this book is pretty ... Read full review

Review: Two Treatises of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration

User Review  - Natasha - Goodreads

Extremely influential work referenced by the Founding Fathers. You can see why they call The Declaration of Independence a Lockeian document. Locke argues against the right of kings and claims that ... Read full review

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John Locke (1632-1704), widely known as the Father of Classical Liberalism, was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence.

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

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