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[xmca] Fwd: XIXth Sociocultural Theory & Second Language Learning Research Working Group, Oct. 18-20, 2012

FYI, the Sociocultural Theory and Second Language learning Research Working
Group's Annual Meeting is coming my way (see below). Would be good to get
in touch with others in XMCA-land, so let me know if you are coming. Maybe
we can organize an XMCA get-together? Or at least to make contact at the
Saturday lunch up in the beauty of the mountains at Sundance.


Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning

Research Working Group Gathering

*Prominent and Young Scholars Attending (some):*

Jim Lantolf (Penn. St.); Paul Thibault (Agner University, Norway); Gordon
Wells (UC Santa Clara); Gale Stam (National Louis University, Chicago);
Steve McCafferty (UNLV); Eduardo Nugueruela (Univ. of Miami); Sabine
Siekmann (Univ. of Alaska); Steven L. Thorne (Portland State Univ. & Univ.
of Groningen, Netherlands)

Where: Brigham Young University, Hinckley Alumni Center (3rd Floor)

When: Oct. 18-20, 2012

·         Sessions: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (Th. & Fri.); Evening Talk(s):
7-8:00 pm (Thurs. & Fri.) / 8:30 am – 12:00 pm (Sat.)

Purpose: Attend a session - BYU instructors are encouraged to attend and/or
invite graduate students   and/or bring a class to an appropriate
session(s) (to be announced).

*Gathering Description:*

Presentations (20) are based on work in progress from the perspective of a
sociocultural theory of mind in connection to the field of second language
acquisition/learning. Participants expect “extensive” dialogue and feedback
(15-20 minutes every session). Presentations are almost all single-session
(only two concurrent presentation hours). Three types of sessions:
theoretical, data analysis, praxis


The central strand of sociocultural theory (SCT) and cultural-historical
activity theory (CHAT) is that the human mind is *mediated.* Scholars from
a variety of backgrounds & departments (e.g., psychology, foreign language,
education, linguistics, English, TESOL, psycholinguistics, world languages
and literatures) share “common” purpose in the investigation of SCT coupled
with language learning.

Sample of Session Topics:

1.       The Interaction Order of Predicational Language: Lexicogrammar,
Second-order Language, and Cognitive-semiotic Dynamics

2.       Distributed Language, Interactivity, and the Extended Human
Ecology: Learning and Distributed Cognitive Systems

3.       Microgenetic Development in Chinese Rhetorical Style

4.       Further changes in thinking for speaking – the use of gesture
[during narratives] expressing path and manner

5.       Dynamic Assessment (DA) perspective and its mediated effects on
the potential development of the concept of aspect (preterit versus
imperfect) by a multilingual speaker

6.       “Conceptualizing Prepositions” for English language learners

7.       “Learning as play” metaphors in relation (and undervalued) in
comparison to “Learning as work” metaphors

8.       Regaining language and identity of a third-semester Yugtun learner

9.       Gwich’in language learning: second language identities, CHAT, and
self as leading activity

10.    Bridging the Gap: Cognitive and Social Approaches to SLA

*a.       **Macro Cultural Psychology*

11.    Sociocultural Theories of Learning and the Development of a New
Pedagogical Model for Critical, Computer-Mediated Language Teaching: Sample

* *

See http://education.byu.edu/ted/sct-gathering-2012/index.html and/or
contact alex_rosborough@byu.edu for more information.

Attachment: SCT & SLL Schedule, BYU, 2012.docx
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Attachment: SCT & SLL Short Description.docx
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