Theories in Second Language Acquisition Need to be Corroborated

Nima Shakouri, Mehdi Shokouhi


Interdisciplinary research is a key thrust for the future. The present paper puts forth that most of the theories born in the last three decades are revitalization of old vocabulary; they are more or less assumption-based. Revitalization of old vocabulary should not be at the expense of discordance but corroboration of each other. In fact, the divergent epistemic orientations in SLA give a competitive nature to SLA. Thus, to the present writers, much of the dialogue concerning the strengths and weaknesses of SLA theories fails to provide a balance between theoretical assumptions and empirically substantiated knowledge.

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