Sociocultural theory: A dialectical approach to L2 research

James P. Lantolf

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Although sociocultural theory (SCT) is a general theory of human mental development, it has been productively extended to include the investigation of second language (L2) development. I think it is fair to say that the catalyst for SCT-informed L2 research (henceforth, SCT-L2) in the West was the publication of Frawley and Lantolf’s (1985) study on the narrative performance of ESL speakers. Adopting the perspective of mediated-mind, the core concept of SCT (see below), Frawley and Lantolf showed how speakers lose, maintain, and regain control of their narrative performance through private speech.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781136666896
ISBN (Print)9780415479936
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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