Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative in L2 Education
Vygotskian Praxis to Eliminate the Research/ Practice Divide
To Be Published December 1st 2013 by Routledge – 224 pages
From its inception in the early 1970s the field of second language acquisition has struggled to overcome the dichotomy between theory/research on the one hand and classroom practice on the other. Rejecting the dichotomy between theory and practice that dominates SLA and language teaching, this book proposes an approach based on Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory, according to which the two activities are inherently connected so that each is necessarily rooted in the other. From the perspective of language education, this is what is meant by the ‘pedagogical imperative.’
James P. Lantolf is the Greer Professor in Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Penn State University.
Matthew E. Poehner is Assistant Professor and Director of the K-12 teacher certification program in world languages in the College of Education at Penn State University.