Re: Language, culture and activity

From: Phil Chappell (
Date: Sat Jun 11 2005 - 18:45:38 PDT

Dear Ana,
I was told that the articles would be up by now, but I guess we will
need to wait until Monday morning, UCSD time. In the meantime, as the
Vygotsky article is first on the list, I have attached it for all.
Steve and I will kick off the discussion once everyone has had a chance
to read this one, as well as the other two coming shortly. I hesitate
to send them all to everyone on the list, as people in the past have
had issues with bandwith and storage space.


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On 12/06/2005, at 4:57 AM, Ana Marjanovic-Shane wrote:

> Phil
> This is really an exciting program for discussion. Thank you so much
> for putting it together. I have started reading some readings, but not
> in the order you envisioned. I am very inspired by an article from
> your list, but I will leave it for the appropriate week of discussion.
> In the meantime, I would like to get the Vygotsky's text but it still
> is not on the website. Do you know when are they going to post the
> articles?
> Ana
> Phil Chappell wrote:Dear All,
>> A mini-course/discussion of a model of language for activity theory
>> (as in the Vygotskian, Leontievian and more current versions of the
>> theory) will start next week here on xmca. The hope is that we can
>> spur along dialogue between those working within cultural-historical,
>> socio-cultural and Vygotskian perspectives on human learning, and
>> those who are working within the socio-semiotic world of language.
>> Mike Cole has been a great motivator in getting this going, but I
>> must say that we should show our appreciation to the scholars
>> implicated below, who have offered to spearhead the discussions.
>> Also, we might notice a few new new subscribers to this community,
>> some of whom have been much more than instrumental in shaping some of
>> the disciplines in which we will engage over the next couple of
>> weeks.
>> If all goes to plan (the eccentric reading list can be largely
>> blamed on me) , we'll start next week with a review of Vygotsky's
>> work on tools and signs, a look into activity theory applied to
>> foreign language learning, and a reading of Jim Lantolf and Steven
>> Thorne's introduction to their forthcoming volume: Sociocultural
>> Theory and the Genesis of Second Language Development.
>> Following that, Gordon Wells will facilitate a discussion focused on
>> a synergy between Hallidayan and Vygotskian theory in educational
>> contexts.
>> Then Harry Daniels and Ruqaiya Hasan will lead a discussion on
>> unpacking semiotic mediation.
>> Hopefully further discussions with suggested papers will follow to
>> keep us all occupied for a longer period over summer and winter
>> breaks.
>> Please see attached pdf (one page) file for more details.
>> All the papers will be available at
>> within the next
>> couple of days
>> To follow along and/or sign up to the list, go to
>> I hope this may be of interest to many here, and I encourage
>> everyone to join in, whether actively or passively.
>> Cheers,
>> Phil Chappell

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