Re: [xmca] Help with doctoral studies

From: steven thorne <slt13 who-is-at>
Date: Mon May 19 2008 - 21:07:48 PDT

hi Jose and all -- you may have interest in a book that Jim Lantolf
and Matt Poehner just finished editing that addresses Vygotsky-
informed pedagogy in the area of second and foreign language education
-- it should be out in print in the next week or so --

Lantolf J., & Poehner, M. (Eds.) (2008). Sociocultural Theory and the
Teaching of Second Languages. London: Equinox.

in terms of CHAT and LSV interest at Penn State, and in addition to
Jim and myself who teach courses in this area, Matt Poehner was just
recently appointed to a tenure line position in education at Penn
State and there's significant interest in CHAT in Adult Education here
as well, with talk of collaboratively teaching regular CHAT courses
across our two colleges (Liberal Arts (applied linguistics) and


Steven L. Thorne
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Linguistics
Associate Director, Center for Language Acquisition
Advisor for Mediated Learning, Center for Advanced Language
Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER)
The Pennsylvania State University
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On May 19, 2008, at 10:18 PM, Duvall, Emily wrote:

> Hi Jose,
> I'll add my voice here as well.
> Jim introduced me to Vygotsky - in fact one of the first classes I
> took at Penn State was on dynamic assessment led by he and Matt
> Poehner... and that became my the focus of my doctoral work, though
> not in second language, but in regards to high stakes tests and
> reading (I'm in education).
> If you are going to ISCAR, Jim will be there as our discussant for a
> double symposium on dynamic assessment (with Kozulin, Roth, Robbins,
> Poehner, Atencio, Iddings, and myself) and you may want to meet up
> with him if you don't contact him sooner. Steve Thorne will also be
> at ISCAR.
> ~ Emily
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:xmca-
>] On Behalf Of Tony Perone
> Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 8:57 AM
> To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> Subject: Re: [xmca] Help with doctoral studies
> Hi Jose David,
> I also recommend Jim Lantolf's work. Jim was my mentor when I was an
> undergraduate student and he introduced me to Vygotsky's work. In
> addition
> to the reference Andy cites, Jim has two other edited books on second
> language learning and teaching with a sociocultural perspective,
> plus a
> host of articles on the topic. Other edited books of his you may find
> relevant:
> Lantolf, J. P. (Ed.)(2000). Sociocultural theory and second language
> learning.Oxford:Oxford University Press.
> Lantolf, J. P., & Appel, G. (Eds.) (1994). Vygotskian approaches to
> second
> language research. Norwood NJ: Ablex.
> Tony Perone
> On Mon, May 19, 2008 10:25 am, Andy Jocuns wrote:
>> Lantolf, J. P., & Thorne, S. L. (2006). Sociocultural theory and the
>> sociogenesis of second language development. New York: Oxford
>> University
>> Press.
>> On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 5:06 PM, Mike Cole <>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi Jose David--
>>> As you can tell from the discussions, there are some divisions of
>>> opinion
>>> on
>>> XMCA about who the most effective researchers writing in the field
>>> of
>>> second/foreign language learning working
>>> within a socio-cultural-historical activity approach are.
>>> May I suggest a resource closer to home?:
>>> Jorge Larreamendy-Joerns
>>> Profesor Asociado y Director
>>> Departamento de Psicología
>>> Universidad de los Andes
>>> Jorge and his colleagues have just initiated a graduate program
>>> using
>>> the
>>> family of theoretical approaches that interest you and is himself an
>>> accomplished
>>> student of language and education, broadly conceived. We are
>>> discussing
>>> ways
>>> to link his program via internet video to various programs in the
>>> US and
>>> no
>>> reason
>>> why second language specialists would not be involved.
>>> If no one comes up with a perfect solution for you in the US, where
>>> resources to support foreign grad students are often hard to come
>>> by,
>>> Jorge's program may offer a
>>> local good solution. In any event, he is very knowledgeable and can
>>> advise
>>> you.
>>> mike
>>> On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 1:15 PM, jose david herazo
>>> <>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Dear All:
>>>> I have been reading your comments and discussions of the different
>>> topics
>>>> that has been posted. This has helped me not only to cla
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