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.
This is the ideal resource for graduate students and researchers working in the areas of SLA and second language development.