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Advancing Methodology and Practice
The IRIS Repository of Instruments for Research into Second Languages

ISBN 9780415833646
Published November 24, 2015 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Instruments for Research into Second Languages is an accessible introduction to understanding and evaluating existing and emerging methodologies in L2 research. The book provides an introduction to the data collection materials available in the IRIS database. IRIS is an open access, searchable repository of instruments used to elicit data for research into second and foreign language learning and teaching. The book is aimed at graduate students, researchers and educators in the fields of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition.

Featuring contributions from top scholars in the field, this dynamic volume includes empirical research carried out using innovative instruments held in IRIS, offering insights into their basic mechanics, how and why they are used, as well as the challenges they can present. The chapters describe the kinds of data (evidence about knowledge, processing, interaction, learning, and motivation) that result from these methods, and they discuss conditions that lead to reliable and valid data collection and analysis. This unique collection provides researchers, professionals, and students with up-to-date responses to practical and theoretical questions about how second language learning and teaching can be investigated using the IRIS database of instruments. IRIS was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and is a long term British Academy Research Project.

Table of Contents

1. Review of the IRIS repository and Introduction to the volume: Methodological innovation and challenge. by Emma Marsden, Alison Mackey and Luke Plonsky 2. Indirect tests of implicit linguistic knowledge by John N. Williams and Albertyna Paciorek 3. Using the looking-while-listening procedure for second language research by Casey Lew-Williams 4. Self-paced Reading and L2 Grammatical Processing by Leah Roberts 5. Under the radar: Triangulating think-alouds and finger tracking to detect the unnoticed by Aline Godfroid and Le Anne Spino 6. New developments in the use of elicited imitation by Rosemary Erlam and Motoko Akakura 7. Structural priming in L2 speech production: Examining relationships among English L2 speakers’ production, cognitive abilities, and awareness by Kim McDonough, Paula Kielstra, Dustin Crowther and George Smith 8. Eliciting oral interaction data in EFL settings by María del Pilar García Mayo and Eva Alcón Soler 9. Eliciting oral production of target forms in peer interaction: challenges and options by Jenefer Philp 10. Syntactic priming in second language corpus data – testing an experimental paradigm in corpus data by Anita Thomas 11. Interaction in synchronous computer-mediated communication: Advancing the research agenda by Nicole Ziegler 12. A Second Language Task-Based Needs Analysis for Australian Aboriginal Learners: Accessing Insider Perspectives of the Workplace and Cultural Domains by Ellen Grote and Rhonda Oliver 13. Insights from measurement of task-related motivation by Maimoonah K. Al Khalil

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Alison Mackey is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University.

Emma Marsden is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of York.