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Research Methods in Second Language Acquisition: A Practical Guide

Alison Mackey (Editor), Susan M. Gass (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3426-5
336 pages
December 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Research Methods in Second Language Acquisition: A Practical Guideis an informative guide to research design and methodology for graduate students and scholars. Each chapter of this volume offers background, step-by-step guidance, and relevant studies to create comprehensive coverage of each method.
  • Includes chapters by expert scholars on an array of topics, including second language writing and reading, meta-analyses, research replication, qualitative data collection and analysis, and more
  • Includes feature boxes in each chapter highlighting relevant research studies, discussion questions and suggested further readings
  • Utilizes research methods and tools from varied fields of study including education, linguistics, psychology, and sociology
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List of Contributors vii

1 Introduction 1
Alison Mackey and Susan M. Gass

Part I Data Types 5

2 How to Use Foreign and Second Language Learner Corpora 7
Sylviane Granger

3 Formal Theory-Based Methodologies 30
Tania Ionin

4 Instructed Second Language Acquisition 53
Shawn Loewen and Jenefer Philp

5 How to Design and Analyze Surveys in Second Language Acquisition Research 74
Zoltán Dörnyei and Kata Csizér

6 How to Carry Out Case Study Research 95
Patricia A. Duff

7 How to Use Psycholinguistic Methodologies for Comprehension and Production 117
Kim McDonough and Pavel Trofimovich

8 How to Research Second Language Writing 139
Charlene Polio

9 How to Do Research on Second Language Reading 158
Keiko Koda

10 How to Collect and Analyze Qualitative Data 180
Debra A. Friedman

Part II Data Coding, Analysis, and Replication 201

11 Coding Second Language Data Validly and Reliably 203
Andrea Révész

12 Coding Qualitative Data 222
Melissa Baralt

13 How to Run Statistical Analyses 245
Jenifer Larson-Hall

14 How to Do a Meta-Analysis 275
Luke Plonsky and Frederick L. Oswald

15 Why, When, and How to Replicate Research 296
Rebekha Abbuhl

Index 313

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Alison Mackey is Professor of Linguistics and Head of the Applied Linguistics Programs at Georgetown University. She has published ten books, including Conversational Interaction in Second Language Acquisition (2007), and more than 50 articles and book chapters on second language learning by children and adults.

Susan M. Gass is University Distinguished Professor and Director of both the English Language Center and the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program at Michigan State University.  She has published widely in the field of second language acquisition, including Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course with Larry Selinker (2008), and has served as the president of AAAL and of AILA. 

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  • Includes chapters by expert scholars on an array of topics, including second language writing and reading, meta-analyses, research replication, qualitative data collection and analysis, and more
  •   Includes feature boxes in each chapter highlighting relevant research studies, discussion questions and suggested further readings
  • Utilizes research methods and tools from varied fields of study including education, linguistics, psychology, and sociology
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“This book provides practical guidance for applied linguistic students doing SLA research. Each chapter, written by an expert in a subfield of second language acquisition (SLA), first presents a brief background review and theoretical frame-work of that area of research, then provides guide to the research methods and, finally, presents studies adopting the particular method to give readers a sense of practicality.”  (The Modern Language Journal, 21 November 2013)

“Each of the 15 chapters is comprehensive and accessible, and together they are bound to provide a thorough practical guide for students as they engage in various research projects. The volume will also prove to be a useful reference book for anyone teaching research methods in the context of SLA.”  (Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 20 May 2012)                   

“This volume ultimately deserves strong praise for its wide-ranging representation of current topics and procedures in SLA research. Although intended for students, it guides all scholars to a better understanding of how we study our field and is an important addition to the library of all SLA
researchers, novice or seasoned.”  (LINGUIST, 19 May 2012)

“With its cornucopia of information, both thorough and practical, this book is a must for our methodology shelves. Its study questions and project suggestions will be a boon for many research methods courses.” – Robert M. DeKeyser, University of Maryland

“This guide to collecting, coding and analyzing second language acquisition data will be an essential reference for novice and experienced researchers alike.” – Peter Robinson, Aoyama Gakuin University

“Comprehensive and technically up-to-date, yet accessible and cogent! This remarkable textbook is sure to become a premier choice for the research training of many future SLA generations.” – Lourdes Ortega, University of Hawaii

"Allison Mackey and Susan Gass' valuable new book offers hands-on methodological guidance from established experts on all kinds of second language research.” – Michael H. Long, University of Maryland

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