A Philosophy of Second Language Acquisition
By (author) Marysia Johnson
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Philosophy of Second Language Acquisition by Marysia Johnson
Book DescriptionHow does a person learn a second language? In this book, Marysia Johnson proposes a new model of second language acquisition (SLA) - a model that shifts the focus from language competence (the ability to pass a language exam) to language performance (using language competently in real-life contexts). Johnson argues that current SLA theory and research is heavily biased in the direction of the cognitive and experimental scientific tradition. She draws on Vygotsky's sociocultural theory and Bakhtin's literary theory to construct an alternative framework for second language theory, research, teaching, and testing. The origin of second language acquisition is not located exclusively in the learner's mind, the author says, but in dialogical interaction conducted in a variety of settings.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300100266
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 12-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Marysia Johnson
Marysia Johnson is assistant professor of linguistics at Arizona State University, where she works extensively in the area of second language acquisition research.
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