Language Proficiency or Symbolic Capability: A Dialectical Perspective

Language Proficiency or Symbolic Capability: A Dialectical Perspective - James P. Lantolf & Matthew E. Poehner, Penn State
Author(s): 
James P. Lantolf & Matthew E. Poehner, Penn State
Publication Type: 
PDF
Year: 
2007
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6 Pages

CALPER Working Paper Series, No. 9
A short position paper that argues for a dialectical perspective on language proficiency.  Traditional approaches to language proficiency within applied linguistics are based on the dualistic perspective that has been inherited from psychology (Bakhurst, 1991) and that dominates the majority of research in SLA and language education.