Vygotskianism and the Enhancement of Mobile Language Learners’ Argumentative Writing Skill

16 Pages Posted: 16 May 2018

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Danial Mehdipour Kolour

University of Technology Malaysia

Kamal Khaksaran

Iran University of Medical Sciences

Mohamad Bilal Ali

University of Technology Malaysia

Date Written: April 4, 2018

Abstract

Willy-nilly, vast numbers of ESL learners, who today adopt mobile devices in their learning practices, will be obliged to make rich arguments when writing academic articles or sitting for standard exams during their academic life. However, due to the linear learning that language learners commonly experience through mobile applications, Mobile Language Learners (MLL) would not be able to create rich arguments. This paper maintains a theoretical stance on a psychological theory named social constructivism emanated from Vygotsky and explains that how higher order thinking skills flavored with a social constructivist framework can have a bearing on the way MLLs bring reasons and make conclusions to form valid and rich arguments culminating in knowledge construction in the on-the-go environment. The expected implication would be the diminution of MLLs’ proclivity of being a passive knowledge recipient usually induced by sailing through mobile learning environment.

Keywords: mobile language learners, mobile andragogy, critical thinking, argumentative writing, constructivism

Suggested Citation

Mehdipour Kolour, Danial and Khaksaran, Kamal and Bilal Ali, Mohamad, Vygotskianism and the Enhancement of Mobile Language Learners’ Argumentative Writing Skill (April 4, 2018). Proceedings of the 9th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3178990 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3178990

Danial Mehdipour Kolour (Contact Author)

University of Technology Malaysia ( email )

Malaysia

Kamal Khaksaran

Iran University of Medical Sciences ( email )

Hemmat Hwy
Tehran
Iran

Mohamad Bilal Ali

University of Technology Malaysia ( email )

Malaysia

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