1School of Foreign Languages, University of Jinan, Jinan City, ChinaAmerican Journal of Educational Research
, Vol. 1 No. 5
10.12691/education-1-5-3Copyright © 2013 Science and Education PublishingCite this paper:
Liang Aimin. The Study of Second Language Acquisition Under Socio-Cultural Theory. American Journal of Educational Research
. 2013; 1(5):162-167. doi: 10.12691/education-1-5-3.
Correspondence to: Liang Aimin, School of Foreign Languages, University of Jinan, Jinan City, China. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.