Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 7(10A), pp. 30 - 34
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2019.071706
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Tools and Symbols as Mediation: A Central Concept to Understand Ways of Improving English Acquisition and Proficiency


Mazlina Che Mustafa 1,*, Azila Alias 1, Zainiah Mohamed Isa 1, Mazyani Mat 2, Nadiah Yan Abdullah 2
1 Department of Early Childhood Education, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia
2 Language Centre, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia

ABSTRACT

This conceptual paper aims to illuminate a theoretical framework in which promoting ways of how second language learners may improve their English acquisition and proficiency. The theoretical framework primarily draws on a range of sociocultural perspectives, including the sociocultural positions initially defined by Lev Vygostky (1978), and theories of second language acquisition discussed by Lantolf and Thorne (2000). Tools and symbols as mediation is a central concept of sociocultural approach to second language acquisition. Three types of mediation are discussed which are mediation is a form of regulation, mediation by symbolic artifacts, and mediation through gestures.

KEYWORDS
Mediation, Sociocultural Approach, Second Language Acquisition

Cite this paper
Mazlina Che Mustafa , Azila Alias , Zainiah Mohamed Isa , Mazyani Mat , Nadiah Yan Abdullah . "Tools and Symbols as Mediation: A Central Concept to Understand Ways of Improving English Acquisition and Proficiency." Universal Journal of Educational Research 7.10A (2019) 30 - 34. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2019.071706.