California Teacher of English Learners (CTEL) : Theories, Processes, and Stages of Language Acquisition

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Example Question #1 : Theories, Processes, And Stages Of Language Acquisition

Social Interactionist Theory is based on ________________.

Possible Answers:

the theories of cognitive language development articulated by Jean Piaget

the theories of sociologist Lev Vygotsky surrounding the role of interaction between children and knowledgeable, linguistically fluent elders

Stanley Milgram's theories on obedience to authority

Soloman Asch's theories of impression formation

Correct answer:

the theories of sociologist Lev Vygotsky surrounding the role of interaction between children and knowledgeable, linguistically fluent elders

Explanation:

Social interactionist theory has its roots in the work of Lev Vygotsky, who focused on the role of linguistically fluent adults in the development of language in young children. As it applies to education, social interactionist theory argues for a direct, personally engaged role for primary teachers in the classroom. According to Vygotsky, direct  and involved social interaction with a verbally acute adult lays the groundwork for verbal fluency and intelligence in young children.

While the other answers all named legitimate social theorists, none of their work applied to the social interactionist theory of language development specifically.

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