Roles of Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Acquisition




cognitive, SLA, studying, acquisition, second language


Second language acquisition plays a significant role in language learning and instruction as the theories and hypotheses in this branch of linguistics provide mentors and learners with an outlook for applying the most appropriate methods for studying. Nonetheless, a distinct perspective supports different methods together with approaches that could complicate the situation. By reviewing the theories of second language acquisition and cognitive linguistics, the writers prove two main roles of cognitive linguistics to the process of acquiring a second language. Thanks to cognitive linguistics, the universal features of absorbing objects in the real world, including languages, could be figured out in another move elsewhere. That is the trigger role of cognitive linguistics for second language learning. Furthermore, explaining theories in mental processes, language instruction, and learning could be highlighted on appropriate methods and approaches for both lecturers and students. However, the researchers raise the concern of role change due to the shift from a conventional classroom to a virtual learning environment. After all, suggestions for bettering pedagogy quality are discussed by the application of cognitive linguistics to second language acquisition for opting for suitable methods and approaches for both instructors and learners.

Author Biographies

Le Minh Trung, School of Medicine

Le Minh Trung is working at the School of Medicine, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has taught English skills classes for ages from children to adults for ten years. The topic of utilizing technology in instructing languages interests him particularly.


Nguyen Thi Binh, School of Medicine, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Nguyen Thi Binh is working at the School of Medicine, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh city. She has been teaching EFL and ESP for over 14 years. Her qualification is TESOL and Applied Linguistics, hence, she is interested in methods and obstacles of English instruction at tertiary.



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How to Cite

Le, M. T., & Nguyen, T. B. (2023). Roles of Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Acquisition . ICTE Conference Proceedings, 3, 118–126.

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