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The Study of Second Language Acquisition Under Socio-Cultural Theory

Liang Aimin
School of Foreign Languages, University of Jinan, Jinan City, China
American Journal of Educational Research. 2013, 1(5), 162-167. DOI: 10.12691/education-1-5-3
Published online: August 25, 2017


Socio-Cultural Theory, based on Vygotskian thought, is a theory about the development of human cognitive and higher mental function. The theory specially emphasizes the integration of social, cultural and biological elements in learning processes and stresses the socio-cultural circumstances’ central role in human’s cognitive development. Second Language Acquisition is concerned with the process of how a new language other than the native language is acquired and how much this is affected by other disciplines, among which is Socio-Cultural Theory. This theory facilitates reflection on some of the problems on second language acquisition from a new perspective. In addition, this new perspective provides some pedagogical implications for foreign language teaching. This article makes attempts to elucidate Social-Cultural Theory’s constructs, its influence on second language acquisition and the pedagogical implications for foreign language teaching.


socio-cultural theory, second language acquisition, higher mental function, foreign language teaching
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