CONSCIOUSNESS: A PROBLEMATIC TERM IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Nima Shakouri, Marzieh Rezabeigi
Numerous theories, models, and hypotheses have been proposed to explain second language acquisition (SLA). Most of them are complementary and contradictory. Insuperable contradictions in them are deeply rooted in their related philosophy. In effect, a significant area of dispute in SLA is the lack of consensus on the exact role of consciousness that as to the present writers is deeply ingrained in their philosophical understanding of SLA. Dispute regarding the stance of consciousness in SLA is so immense that one cannot pave the way towards a comprehensive debate. Nevertheless, to the present paper, the role of consciousness is both useful and central to practical concerns. In fact, research on consciousness is an inevitable starting point of any investigation of perception and thinking. Henceforth, the current paper, besides having a look at the philosophy of consciousness, felt that research on consciousness needs to be considered in a wider context.
consciousness, intentionality, phenomenology, SLA