Lev Vygotsky's Uses Of Social Interaction In Language Development

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Yumul, Gianina Mei DL.
English 100 - M. Castro

Social Interaction in Language Development and how it affects Cognitive Development “… language develops from social interactions, for communication purposes; man’s greatest tool, a means for communicating with the outside world. (Vygotsky, 1962)”

Lev Vygotsky argues that social interaction amongst children and other people affect the language development of a child. Social interaction, in a way stimulates the child’s capacity to learn and is further enhanced through communication with other people or what he calls as the “more knowledgeable other”. In essence, he proposed that without social interaction the rate of a child’s ability to learn and develop language is lessened. Vygotsky poses three different forms of language, one of which is what he calls “private speech”. Private speech as defined by Vygotsky is “the transition between social and inner speech.” Although Vygotsky states that private speech is much closer to inner speech as compared to social speech. This is so, because private speech is communication directed to the self and as described by Vygotsky, it is “the transition point between social and inner speech.” This means that through inner speech, a child’s verbal development is stimulated through thought. This results to “self-communication” in a sense that the child is communicating with himself as to what he/she must respond (this in essence is the private speech). After the child has “thought” of what

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