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ERIC Number: ED348844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Towards an Alternative Model of Second Language Learning.
A discussion of classroom second language learning focuses on whether or not the concept of natural development in a target language is an appropriate research perspective. It is argued that the current psycholinguistic framework for such research should be replaced by the perspective that language learning is a social and contextual, not maturational, process. The description of one classroom in which young learners of English as a Second Language come from many linguistic and cultural backgrounds is used to illustrate this contention. It is proposed that this social approach to language development is supported by recent research on cognitive development, which finds that the latter is an interactive and not an isolated psychological phenomenon. Therefore, language development is an intermental social process, closely connected with the development of thought but also closely connected with cultural processes and practices of society. A 26-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Meara, Paul, Ed. Spoken Language. Papers from the Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (Edinburgh, Scotland, September 1985); see FL 020 441.