Exploring the interdisciplinary synergy between sociocultural theory and intelligent computer-assisted language learning

Haiyang Ai, Xiaofei Lu

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Abstract

This chapter explores the potential interdisciplinary synergy between Vygotskian sociocultural theory (SCT) and intelligent computer-assisted language learning (ICALL) in second language (L2) development. A central precept of SCT is that the human mind is mediated by culturally constructed artifacts, understood to include both material and symbolic tools or signs. Through appropriation and intentional use of such resources, human beings come to mediate, or regulate, their relations to others and to the world; this includes changing how they think about and act in the world (Lantolf & Thorne, 2006). A construct in SCT that has proved particularly relevant to understanding L2 development is the zone of proximal development (ZPD). Vygotsky (1978) defines ZPD as the difference between a learner’s independent performance and his or her performance when it is externally mediated, typically through interaction with others, including experts and more capable peers. In order to document this developmental change from other-regulation to self-regulation, Vygotsky (1997) proposed an analytical approach known as the genetic method of research. Of particular interest to the present study is microgenetic analysis, which focuses on developmental processes that emerge, or as Vygotsky frequently stated, “ripen,” in a relatively short period of time, such as during the course of an interaction (Wertsch, 1985).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Development
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages409-421
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781317229902
ISBN (Print)9781138651555
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Ai, H., & Lu, X. (2018). Exploring the interdisciplinary synergy between sociocultural theory and intelligent computer-assisted language learning. In The Routledge Handbook of Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Development (pp. 409-421). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315624747