The Social Sciences

Year: 2018
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Page No. 23 - 25

A Socio-Cultural View of Informal Learning of English as a Second Language (ESL)

Authors : Che Wan Ida Rahimah BT and Che Wan Ibrahim

Abstract: The study draws on Vygotsky’s perspective on the value of tool-mediated learning with real practices and potential of this perspective for the conditions to be clarified. According to Vygotsky, human development is said to be historically and culturally situated through the social interactions and scaffolding from more capable others. Meaning-making and linguistic performance are co-constructed through the internalization of actions and mental operations that develop from symbolic (language) or physical tools in the learner-user’s environment. Consequently, in an informal learning activity using ESL and social networking tools will no longer be a goal-directed process but a shift to self-regulated behaviours. Thus, it is important to explore further the socio-cultural patterns that emerge among social networking tools, multi-dimensional learning contexts and the learner-users themselves using the current theoretical framework of social networking-based informal ESL learning.

How to cite this article:

Che Wan Ida Rahimah BT and Che Wan Ibrahim, 2018. A Socio-Cultural View of Informal Learning of English as a Second Language (ESL). The Social Sciences, 13: 23-25.

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