Re: Language, culture and activity

From: Ana Marjanovic-Shane (
Date: Sat Jun 11 2005 - 21:59:38 PDT

Dear Phil,
Thanks a lot! I did get the anti-spam message and confirmed my identity.
Thank you for arranging that this does not happen.
I am sure that the discussion will prove very interesting

Phil Chappell wrote:

> *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.
> Phil
> By the way, one list member had set an anti-spam arrangement which
> meant every time you posted to xmca, you received a message asking
> that you confirm your identity. This should no longer happen; if it
> does, contact that member at
> **
> 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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