Sociocultural Theory and the Teaching of Second Languages

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845532505
  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/5/2008
  • Series: Studies In Applied Linguistics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors     vii
List of figures     xi
List of tables     xii
Introduction to Sociocultural Theory and the Teaching of Second Languages   James P. Lantolf   Matthew E. Poehner     1
Mediation and the Zone of Proximal Development
Both Sides of the Conversation: The Interplay between Mediation and Learner Reciprocity in Dynamic Assessment   Matthew E. Poehner     33
The Effects of Dynamic Assessment on L2 Listening Comprehension   Rumia Ableeva     57
Changing Examination Structures within a College of Education: The Application of Dynamic Assessment in Pre-service ESOL Endorsement Courses in Florida   Tony Erben   Ruth Ban   Robert Summers     87
A Dialogic Approach to Teaching L2 Writing   Holbrook Mahn     115
Embodied Language Performance: Drama and the ZPD in the Second Language Classroom   John R. Haught   Steven G. McCafferty     139
Agency in the Classroom   Leo van Lier     163
Concept-based instruction
Revolutionary Pedagogies: Learning that Leads (to) Second Language Development   Eduardo Negueruela     189
French as a Second Language: University Students Learn the Grammatical Concept of Voice: Study Design, Materials Development, and Pilot Data   Sharon Lapkin   Merrill Swain   Ibtissem Knouzi     228
Mediation as Objectification in the Development of Professional Academic Discourse: A Corpus-informed Curricular Innovation   Steven L. Thorne   Jonathan Reinhardt   Paula Golombek     256
A Concept-based Approach to Teaching: Writing through Genre Analysis   Marilia M. Ferreira   James P. Lantolf     285
Materializing Linguistic Concepts through 3-D Clay Modeling: A Tool-and-Result Approach to Mediating L2 Spanish Development   Maria Serrano-Lopez   Matthew E. Poehner     321
The Classroom-World Nexus
The Unfulfilled Promise of Teaching for Communicative Competence: Insights from Sociocultural Theory   Sally Sieloff Magnan     351
Contribution and Language Learning: Service-learning from a Sociocultural Perspective   Howard Grabois     382
Index     407
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