Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Foreign Language Study - 296 pages
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This book represents a major statement of the current research being conducted on the learning of second languages from a sociocultural perspective. The book is divided into a theoretical and an empirical part. Specific topics covered include: learning and teaching languages in the zone of proximal development; L1 mediation in the acquisition of L2 grammar; sociocultural theory as a theory of second language learning; gestural mediation in a second language; and constructing a self through a second language.
  

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This book is momentous for language learners because they need to know theoretical background about learning. In addition, teachers should assign this theory (Sociocultural theory ) to the students of higher level.
Hasan Ahmed Alrayah

Contents

Introducing sociocultural theory
1
Sociocultural contributions to understanding the foreign
27
Developmentally appropriate
51
How learners position themselves in
79
Mediating acquisition
97
Playfulness as mediation in communicative language teaching
115
Social discursive constructions of self in L2 learning
133
Second language learning as participation and the reconstruction
155
The strategic development of professional satisfaction
179
The appropriation of gestures of the abstract by L2 learners
199
Second language acquisition theory and the truths
219
Socialinteractive learning from
245
Bibliography
261
Index
287
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About the author (2000)

James P. Lantolf is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages at Pennsylvania State University.