This is the first hands-on methods guide for second-language (L2) reading research. The authors expertly and critically situate L2 reading and literacy as a multivariate, interactive process and define terms, concepts, and research tools in connection with theory and a rich body of past empirical work, with lessons to learn and pitfalls to avoid. They concretely detail how to design empirical studies, collect data, and analyze findings in this important area.
Authored by world experts on first-language (L1) and L2 reading, this book provides a comprehensive, critical, theory-driven review of methods in L2 reading research, offering a step-by-step guide from research design to study execution and data analysis.
With useful pedagogical features and a unique database of L2 reading studies from around the world over three decades, this will be an invaluable resource to students and researchers of second-language acquisition, applied linguistics, education, and related areas.
Chapter 1: The Ethos of Second-Language Reading Research
Chapter 2: Preparing to Ask and Asking Questions in Second-Language Reading Research
Chapter 3: Analyzing Populations and Text for Research Purposes
Chapter 4: Data Collection
Chapter 5: Perennial Concerns in Second-Language Reading Research
Conclusion: The Research Report and Beyond
"Reading across languages and cultures is one of the most imperative abilities in today’s world. This groundbreaking book carefully examines the theory and research that drives one’s ability to read so that we can make principled implications for healthcare, legal and educational systems across the globe. The book underscores the responsibility of researchers to replicate scientific studies on reading with participants across different language populations. It is our duty."
“Conducting Second-Language Reading Research: A Methodological Guide achieves its goal of guiding readers through the background of L2 reading research, while offering a concrete and comprehensive code of conduct for researchers. This guidance is invaluable both for early career-researchers, and more experienced L2 researchers who wish to focus on reading research. What makes this guide outstanding is the effort put into providing readers with sets of realistic probing questions and key considerations in every chapter.”
Chara Triantafyllidou, University of Cambridge, UK, BAAL News, Issue 123, Winter 2023