Posts Tagged: cognitions

What does sociocultural theory offer L2 teacher education?


This week I have focused my readings and thoughts on this question: What does sociocultural theory offer L2 teacher education?

Of course, the answer is not simple, this question includes two major topics: first L2 teacher education and second, sociocultural theory. Here I am trying to organize my thoughts with more questions: what is language? what is teaching? what is teacher learning?what is the link between teacher learning and student learning? Does sociocultural theory give an account for the cognitive and social dimensions of learning? How do you analyse learning with a sociocultural perspective? What’s the difference of emphasis btweeen sociocultural theory and activity theory?

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What does sociocultural theory offer L2 teacher education?


This week I have focused my readings and thoughts on this question: What does sociocultural theory offer L2 teacher education?

Of course, the answer is not simple, this question includes two major topics: first L2 teacher education and second, sociocultural theory. Here I am trying to organize my thoughts with more questions: what is language? what is teaching? what is teacher learning?what is the link between teacher learning and student learning? Does sociocultural theory give an account for the cognitive and social dimensions of learning? How do you analyse learning with a sociocultural perspective? What’s the difference of emphasis btweeen sociocultural theory and activity theory?

My thesis in three minutes


Three minute thesis presentation competition is becoming very popular among PhD student. In Australia the University of Queensland organizes this competition annually in which most universities around the country send their representatives. The idea is that PhD students present their research in three minutes to an intelligent non specialized audience.

At Cedam we followed the same idea, and we, students presented our work in three minutes. This is my presentation, you are the judges, evaluate my presentation:

My thesis in three minutes


Three minute thesis presentation competition is becoming very popular among PhD student. In Australia the University of Queensland organizes this competition annually in which most universities around the country send their representatives. The idea is that PhD students present their research in three minutes to an intelligent non specialized audience.

At Cedam we followed the same idea, and we, students presented our work in three minutes. This is my presentation, you are the judges, evaluate my presentation:

The activity of learning cognitions about language teaching and learning in Chile


The research explores the activity of learning cognitions for English as foreign language (EFL) pre-service teachers, i.e., what teachers think, know and believe (Borg, 2006), about teaching and learning English in Chile.

This study will analyse how student teachers construct their cognitions from a sociocultural perspective. As stated by Johnson (2009) “From a sociocultural perspective, teacher cognition originates in and is fundamentally shaped by the specific social activities in which teachers engage.”(p. 17). This lens will enable us to understand the complex dynamics between student teacher and the social situations he/she is engaged to in the construction of his/her own cognitions about language teaching and learning.

The activity of learning cognitions about language teaching and learning in Chile


The research explores the activity of learning cognitions for English as foreign language (EFL) pre-service teachers, i.e., what teachers think, know and believe (Borg, 2006), about teaching and learning English in Chile.

This study will analyse how student teachers construct their cognitions from a sociocultural perspective. As stated by Johnson (2009) “From a sociocultural perspective, teacher cognition originates in and is fundamentally shaped by the specific social activities in which teachers engage.”(p. 17). This lens will enable us to understand the complex dynamics between student teacher and the social situations he/she is engaged to in the construction of his/her own cognitions about language teaching and learning.