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Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative in L2 Education

Vygotskian Praxis and the Research/Practice Divide

By James P. Lantolf, Matthew E. Poehner

Routledge – 2014 – 252 pages

Series: ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

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Description

Explicating clearly and concisely the full implication of a praxis-oriented language pedagogy, this book argues for an approach to language teaching grounded in a significant scientific theory of human learning—a stance that rejects the consumer approach to theory and the dichotomy between theory and practice that dominates SLA and language teaching. This approach is based on Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory, according to which the two activities are inherently connected so that each is necessarily rooted in the other; practice is the research laboratory where the theory is tested. From the perspective of language education, this is what is meant by the ‘pedagogical imperative.’

Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative in L2 Education

• Elaborates a new approach to dealing with the relationship between theory and practice—an approach grounded in praxis—the dialectical unity of theory and practice

• Presents an analysis of empirical research illustrating praxis-based principles in real language classrooms

• Brings together cognitive linguistics and sociocultural theory - the former provides the theoretical knowledge of language required of praxis and the latter furnishes the theoretical principles of learning and development also called for in a praxis approach

• Offers recommendations for redesigning teacher education programs

Its timely focus on the theory-practice gap in language education and its original approach to bridging it put this book at the cutting edge of thinking about Vygotskian sociocultural theory in applied linguistics and SLA.

Contents

CONTENTS

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 Theory/Practice Gap in Applied Linguistics

Chapter 2 Sociocultural Theory and the Dialectic of Praxis: An Alternative to the Theory/Research-Practice Gap

Chapter 3 Psychology of the Social Environment

Chapter 4 A Theory of Developmental Education

Chapter 5 L2 Systemic Theoretical Instruction: Experimental-Developmental Studies

Chapter 6 L2 Systemic Theoretical Instruction: Intact Classroom Studies

Chapter 7 The Zone of Proximal Development and Dynamic Assessment

Chapter 8 Dynamic Assessment and L2 Development

Chapter 9 Conclusion

References

Author Bio

James P. Lantolf is the George and Jane Greer Professor in Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Penn State University, USA.

Matthew E. Poehner is Associate Professor and Program Director of the K-12 teacher certification program in World Languages Education and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State University, USA.

Name: Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative in L2 Education: Vygotskian Praxis and the Research/Practice Divide (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By James P. Lantolf, Matthew E. Poehner. Explicating clearly and concisely the full implication of a praxis-oriented language pedagogy, this book argues for an approach to language teaching grounded in a significant scientific theory of human learning—a stance that rejects the...
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