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Agency in Second Language Acquisition

  1. Tomoko Yashima

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0016

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Yashima, T. 2012. Agency in Second Language Acquisition. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


The concept of learner agency has been significant to applied linguistics and SLA for a long time. This is despite the fact that the term “agency” started to appear in SLA research articles fairly recently, influenced by sociocultural and poststructuralist theories. To understand the significance of agency in SLA, we need to overview the history of SLA as a discipline as well as its development and expansion.


  • cognitive development;
  • language and social interaction;
  • second language acquisition;
  • human evolution;
  • identity;
  • sociocultural language studies