Re: [xmca] double stimulation task

From: Phil Chappell (
Date: Wed Mar 07 2007 - 03:30:10 PST

Hi Mark,

Reasons for being here are, in my experience, as diverse as you can
get apart from an overriding interest in mediational theories of
mind. You aren't alone as a teacher/researcher in the world of
additional language education looking to ways that the Vygotsky
school can help understand what is going on.

Just for a starter, can I recommend Leontiev A.A.. (1981)
Psychology and the Language Learning Process, Oxford: Pergamon as a
work that discusses methodology. And of course there is Lantolf J,
and Thorne S. (2006) Sociocultural Theory and the Genesis of Second
Language Development, Oxford: Oxford University Press that makes
great strides in introducing praxis into SLD.

Keep us posted and there are quite a few who would welcome the chance
to discuss issues that you uncover.


On 07/03/2007, at 1:25 PM, Mark wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> My name is Mark, and I'm a new member to this list, and although
> I'm not as academically advanced as others on this list, my reasons
> for being here may also be a little different.
> I am currently doing my MA in English as a Second/Foreign Language
> through the University of Birmingham and I am located in Japan. I
> am an English teacher, I teach all levels of students ranging from
> the preschoolers all the way up to University classes. My interests
> lie in tying Vygotsky to methodology in English education.
> My dissertation will be to show that Vygotsky's ZPD plays a key
> role in language acquisition and in doing so, be able to adapt new
> teaching methodologies which reflect that. Behaviourists such as
> Skinner or the innatist such as Chomsky, will play an important
> role in my research with regards to acquisition itself, but Krashen
> who believes that all acquisition of language comes from
> comprehensible input is also important for me to juxtapose with
> Vygotsky. I need to find a way to bring Vygotsky closer to
> methodology of teaching/learning in order to propose changes to
> current methodologies and show that internalization of language has
> a direct link to methodology. Current research or current
> methodologies are mainly teacher centered and leave little room for
> the student to internalize the language through private speech or
> interlanguage.
> I am really interested in the blocks that Ana has and especially
> this thread. Ana, would I be able to see the material you have too?
> Thanks,
> Mark
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Martin Packer" <>
> To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 7:00 AM
> Subject: [xmca] double stimulation task
> Can anyone point me towards replications of Vygotsky¹s double
> stimulation
> task, as described in Thought & Language? (22 blocks of various
> shapes,
> sizes, colors, labeled with nonsense words). Or to variations on
> the task,
> with different definitions of the concepts to be learned (i.e. tall +
> narrow, short + wide, etc.)
> Martin
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