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Title: Dynamic Assessment
Subtitle: A Vygotskian Approach to Understanding and Promoting L2 Development
Edited By: Matthew E. Poehner
URL: http://www.springer.com/978-0-387-75774-2
Series Title: Educational Linguistics
Description:

Dynamic Assessment (DA) reconceptualizes classroom interactions by arguing
that teaching and assessment should not be distinct undertakings but must
be integrated as a single activity that seeks to understand learner
abilities by actively supporting their ongoing development. DA is based in
the Vygotskian notion of the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) which
captures the uniquely human potential to exceed our present capabilities by
working in cooperation with others whose dialogic interaction mediates us
to higher levels of functioning. DA offers a framework for co-constructing
a ZPD with learners in order to simultaneously reveal the full range of
their abilities and promote development.

This book presents the first in-depth analysis of DA’s application to
particular problems of L2 development. It includes detailed discussions of
the core theoretical tenets as well as guidelines for implementing DA
principles in L2 classrooms. The book will be of interest to language
teacher educators, language testers, classroom practitioners, and students
and researchers in the areas of SLA, language pedagogy, and assessment.

Written for:
Researchers in applied linguistics, language testing and assessment, and L2
pedagogy, L2 classroom interaction, L2 teaching and learning, and theories
of L2 development, graduate students and scholars in SLA

Keywords:
L2
Language
Second Language
Vygotskian theory
Vygotsky

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0387757740
ISBN-13: 9780387757742
Pages: 310
Prices: U.K. £ 59