1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Technological Advances in Researching Language Learning

Edited By Karim Sadeghi Copyright 2025
    522 Pages 106 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Technological Advances in Researching Language Learning is the first volume to bring together the extant scholarship on the nature and role of digital technology in conducting second language research.

    The Handbook showcases technological advances, including issues and considerations, affecting research conduction in second language education. The contributions focus on the role of digital technology in researching second language education, second language acquisition, and applied linguistics. Contributions by both seasoned and junior scholars feature empirical studies and methodological and/or theoretical discussions of technological tools used (or tools that can be used) for conducting research into various aspects of second language learning and acquisition. 

    This book will primarily appeal to academic specialists, practitioners, and professionals in the field of applied linguistics and second language education. The book will also be informative for scholars and professionals in disciplines such as educational technology and TESOL.

    List of Contributors


    Foreword: Dorothy M. Chun





    Chapter 1.  Karim Sadeghi: Technology in Researching Language Learning: An Overview


    Section 1: Technology and Data Collection in Applied Linguistics Research: Options and Considerations


    Chapter 2. Mireia Toda-Cosi, Zhiyi Wu, & Nick B. Pandža: Online data collection in applied linguistics


    Chapter 3. Tricia Thrasher, Randall Sadler, & Melinda Dooly: Collecting ‘real’ data in Virtual Reality (VR) settings: Best practices


    Chapter 4. Laia Canals, Yucel Yilmaz, & Gisela Granena: The use of screencasting in corrective feedback research: Advantages and limitations


    Chapter 5. Alessandro Benati: The role, nature, and challenges of the use of online testing methodology in measuring language instruction (structured input and textual enhancement)


    Chapter 6. Sun-Young Shin: The role of digital technology in second language listening assessment and pedagogy research


    Chapter 7. Fei-Yu Chuang: Automated grammatical error correction in researching written learner language 


    Chapter 8. Siqing Mu, & Zhisheng (Edward) Wen: Digital language portraits in multilingualism research


    Chapter 9. Qi Xu & Shaofeng Li: Researching technology-enhanced oral feedback in L2 learning: A methodological review


    Chapter 10. Teymour Rahmati & Karim Sadeghi: Technological innovations in researching language assessment: A scoping review


    Chapter 11. Vincent Greenier: Ethical concerns and considerations for videoconferencing interviews in Applied Linguistics research



    Section 2: Technology and L2 Learning Research: Empirical Studies


    Chapter 12. Sue Min Park, Sarah Sok, & ZhaoHong Han: Using game-mediated digital tasks to elicit data on incidental vocabulary learning


    Chapter 13. Evgeny Chukharev, Wren Bouwman, Nadezhda Dobrynina, Emily Dux Speltz, MacKenzie Novotny, & Noëmie Sollier: Designing computer-assisted language learning tools as platforms for data collection in applied linguistics


    Chapter 14. Lara Ducate & Lara Lomicka: YellowDig discussion board as a tool for researching  L2 learning


    Chapter 15. Mariko Yuasa & Osamu Takeuchi: Stimulated recall interviews using digital technology in L2 research


    Chapter 16. Nobue Tanaka-Ellis: Exploring the role of technology in capturing complex learning environments 



    Section 3: Technology and Second Language Processing/Psycholinguistics Research

    Chapter 17. Craig Lambert: Electroencephalography with iMotions in language learning  research: Opening the ‘Black Box’


    Chapter 18. Shaohua Fang & Alan Juffs: Conducting web-based experiments in L2 psycholinguistic research


    Chapter 19. James P Wagsatffe: Eye-tracking in reading research: What it is, what it is not, and what it may become


    Chapter 20. Chie Nakamura & Suzanne Flynn: Eye-tracking and self-paced reading: Evaluation of experimental technologies in investigating the processing of relative clause sentences by Japanese L2 learners of English


    Chapter 21. Gary Libben, Bahareh Yousefzadeh, Jordan Gallant, & Sidney Segalowitz: Using millisecond timing of typewritten production to understand lexical processing in non-Latin scripts: Evidence from Persian


    Chapter 22. Gaëtanelle Gilquin: Keylogging and screencasting to help investigate L2 writing processes


    Section 4: Technology and Language Teacher Education Research

    Chapter 23. Fiona Farr & Elaine Riordan: The affordances of video conferencing for evidence-based reflective practice and multimodal corpus research in teacher education practicum contexts


    Chapter 24. Glenn Stockwell: Enhancing research in teacher wellbeing through digital technology


    Chapter 25. Carla Meskill, Dongni Guo, Fang Wang, & Roberto L. M. Ramos: Technology-supported interviews in Applied Linguistics research: Dialogic data collection


    Chapter 26. Roghayeh Pourbahram & Karim Sadeghi: Unveiling the digital canvas: Technology’s role in language teacher education research


    Chapter 27. John I. Liontas: Redefining digital technologies in teacher education and professional development research: An integrated evaluation approach



    Section 5: Technology and L2 Pragmatics Research

    Chapter 28. Naoko Taguchi:  Technology-enhanced data collection methods in L2 pragmatics research


    Chapter 29. Tetyana Sydorenko, Judit Dombi, Ameeta Agrawal, Steven L. Thorne, Jung In Lee, & Yufei Tao: Spoken Dialogue Systems and ChatGPT for second language pragmatics research


    Chapter 30. Rémi A. van Compernolle & Nuria Ballesteros Soria: Researching L2 interactional repertoires in Zoom-mediated environments 


    Chapter 31. Kristi Jauregi-Ondarra, Juul Meijerink, & Maria Christoforou: Using high immersion social virtual reality environments for researching interculturality



    Section 6: Technology and Conducting Literature Reviews and Meta-Analyses

    Chapter 32. Ayca G. Kaymakcioglu & Michael Thomas: Systematic reviews in applied linguistics: Tools and frameworks


    Chapter 33. Yazhuo Quan & Bronson Hui: Study screening for meta-research: An overview of AI tools

    Chapter 34. Reka R. Jablonkai, Jaime Kim & Rui Yan: A corpus approach to systematic literature reviews



    Section 7: Technology and Analysing L2 Data

    Chapter 35. Kevin Hirschi & Okim Kang: Machine Learning (ML) tools for measuring second language (L2) intelligibility


    Chapter 36.  Florentina Nicolás-Conesa, Lourdes Cerezo, & Sophie McBride: Affordances of screencast technology for analyzing engagement with computer-mediated feedback on L2 writing


    Chapter 37. Thi Ngoc Yen Dang & Thi Thu Hien Hoang: Corpus linguistics in second language vocabulary research


    Chapter 38. Karim Sadeghi: Conclusion: Where next?



    Karim Sadeghi is a professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics at Dhofar University, Oman. Prior to this, he had positions in Urmia University, Iran, and University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK). He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research (a top 12% Scopus indexed journal). His recent publications have appeared in top-tier journals, including System, English for Specific Purposes Journal, and RELC Journal, among others. His most recent book publication, with Dan Douglas, is Fundamental Considerations in Technology Mediated Language Assessment (published in 2023 by Routledge). His other publications include Assessing Second Language Reading (Springer, 2021), Talking about Second Language Acquisition (Palgrave, 2022), Theory and Practice in Second Language Teacher Identity (Springer, 2022, with F Ghaderi), Technology Assisted Language Assessment in Diverse Contexts (Routledge, 2023).

    "Digital technology offers an increasingly rich set of tools and accompanying methods for second language acquisition (SLA) research. The Routledge Handbook of Technological Advances in Researching Language Learning brings to light the multitude of technological applications in this domain, focusing on their roles in data collection, data analysis, and language processing.  It additionally includes noteworthy contributions in technology-mediated research of feedback, assessment, psycholinguistic phenomena, second language pragmatics, and language teacher education. Bolstered by a set of empirical case studies, this volume is an essential resource for both established and novice SLA researchers seeking insights into effectively harnessing the power of digital technology in their work."

    - Philip Hubbard, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Language Center, Stanford University, U.S.A


    "In a world where knowledge of another language and culture can help promote global understanding and where technology has become crucial for language learning and teaching, The Routledge Handbook of Technological Advances in Researching Language Learning edited by Professor Karim Sadeghi provides an innovative and useful overview of how a range of technologies can be employed for conducting second language research today. The book brings together renowned specialists in applied linguistics and computer assisted language learning from across the globe, with their contributions focusing on what the digital technologies can offer in the context of researching language learning and teaching."

    - Professor Regine Hampel, The Open University, UK


    "Most handbooks are themed on research topics; this one provides valuable insights to technology-based research methodologies in language learning and teaching, drawing on many fields of research for a more cross-disciplinary perspective. The volume contains a wealth of material for novice and experienced researchers alike. A series of insightful chapters on a wide range of methodological topics from some of the biggest names in the field. The resource outlines essential considerations for researchers before embarking on any new research project, often illustrated by new research specially conducted for this volume, along with case studies, syntheses, reviews, examples, etc. The “future directions” sections common to most chapters make for enlightening reading. A must for any library in applied linguistics."

    - Alex BoultonProfessor of English and Applied Linguistics, CNRS & Université de Lorraine, France