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Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Development

Gánem-Gutiérrez, GA (2013) 'Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Development.' In: Garc�a Mayo, MDP and Gutierrez-Mangado, MJ and Martinez Adrian, M, (eds.) Contemporary Approaches to Second Language Acquisition. John Benjamins, 129 - 152. ISBN 9789027205254

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the theoretical foundations of Sociocultural Theory and an up-to-date account of current research stemming from this perspective. At the core of this theory is mediation, which refers to the process that enables humans to deploy physical and psychological tools to gain control over social and mental activity. Development is seen as the ability to internalise or make use of culturally created means of mediation, e.g., language, to gain such control. Language development is therefore seen as the ability to increasingly take part in social activity. In turn, this ability is implicated in linguistic change in a recurring and interdependent developmental cycle. The chapter discusses how crucial questions have been addressed by key Sociocultural Theory scholars and explores how future empirical investigation can further contribute to our understanding of second language acquisition (SLA).

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2014 13:59
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11219

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