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A Philosophy of Second Language Acquisition

A Philosophy of Second Language Acquisition
Author: Marysia Johnson
ISBN 13: 9780300100266
ISBN 10: 300100264
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2003-12-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $56.00

How does a person learn a second language? In this provocative 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.

Author Biography: Marysia Johnson is assistant professor of linguistics at Arizona State University, where she works extensively in the area of second language acquisition research.

Yale Language Series