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The sociocultural approach to second language acquisition

by James P. Lantolf
Alternative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition ()


The sociocultural theory is grounded in the psychological theory of human consciousness (L.S. Vygotsky). The focus of the chapter is on SCT-L2 research relating to adult SLA. It places mediation, either by other or self at the core of SL development and use. SCT-L2 argues for the pedagogical relevance of explicit and rigorous linguistic explanation,, since SLA acquisition is not a universal process, as opposed to first language acquisition.

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