TESL Canada Journal, Volume 27, Issue 1, 2009

A Sociocultural View of Language Learning: The Importance of Meaning-Based Instruction

Barohny Eun, Hye-Soon Lim


The process of second-language teaching is grounded in the sociocultural theory of Vygotsky, which emphasizes meaningful interaction among individuals as the greatest motivating force in human development and learning. In this theoretical framework, the concepts of meaning and mediation are considered as the two essential elements affecting an individual’s learning of a second language. Suggestions are offered for enhancing students’ second-language learning in their regular classrooms by applying sociocultural theories to practice. Socioculturally based implications for classroom teaching include bilingual instruction, focus on pragmatics, literacy instruction based on drama, inclusive learning environments, instruction based on children’s interests, and the teacher’s role as a facilitator mediating between students and their second-language learning environment.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18806/tesl.v27i1.1031

ISSN: 0826-435X
Online ISSN: 1925-8917 

TESL Canada Journal is indexed in CBCA Education (Canadian Education Index), EBSCO, ERIC, The Gale Group, and H.W. Wilson