Speakers

Le Pham Hoai Huong




Le Pham Hoai Huong


Le Pham Hoai Huong is an associate professor in the English Department, University of Foreign Languages, Hue University, Vietnam where she has worked as a teacher trainer for nearly 25 years. She holds a BA in English (Hue University, Vietnam), an MS in TESOL (California State University of Fullerton, USA), and a PhD in Education (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand). Her research interests include sociocultural theory, English teacher education, and vocabulary learning and teaching.


ABSTRACT
THE Role of Mediation in Classroom Interaction

Socio-cultural theory has been widely discussed in ELT for it emphasizes the significance of socially interactive environment in which mediation takes place. The central idea of teaching and learning in sociocultural theory is to mediate language learners in the Zone of Proximal Development (Vygotsky, 1978). Accordingly, the concept has been researched and exploited. However, what exactly does mediation mean? What should its role be in classroom interaction? How should teachers and learners make use of it? This presentation will explore the history of the concept formation and discuss the mediating factors in language classrooms. More specifically, the mediating roles of classroom teachers, peers and cultural artifacts will be illustrated with examples from empirical studies. Finally, the paper gives suggestions for promoting interaction leading to transformative and developmental language learning. Key words: Mediation, Classroom Interaction, Socio-cultural Theory