2nd Edition

Second Language Research
Methodology and Design

ISBN 9781138808560
Published July 28, 2015 by Routledge
434 Pages

USD $93.95

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Book Description

In this second edition of the best-selling Second Language Research, Alison Mackey and Sue Gass continue to guide students step-by-step through conducting the second language research process with a clear and comprehensive overview of the core issues in second language research. Supported by a wealth of data examples from actual studies, the book examines questions of what is meant by research and what defines good research questions, covering such topics as basic research principles and data collection methods, designing a quantitative research study, and concluding and reporting research findings. The second edition includes a new chapter on mixed-methods, new "time to think" and "time to do" text boxes throughout, and updates to reflect the latest research and literature. Supplementary materials, including an extensive glossary and appendices of forms and documents that students can use in conducting their own studies, serve as useful reference tools, with suggestions on how to get research published reemphasizing the book’s practical how-to approach. Second Language Research, Second Edition is the ideal resource for understanding the second language research process for graduate students in Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics.

Table of Contents

Preface  1. Introduction to Research  2. Issues Related to Data Gathering  3. Common Data Collection Measures  4. Coding  5. Research Variables, Validity, and Reliability  6. Designing A Quantitative Study  7. Qualitative Research  8. Classroom Research  9. Mixed Methods  10. Analyzing Quantitative Data  11. Concluding and Reporting Research  Appendix A: Sample Short Form Written Consent Document for Subjects Who Do Not Speak English  Appendix B: Consent to Participate in Research  Appendix C: Sample Consent Form for a Study in A Foreign Language Context  Appendix D: Sample Consent Form for a Classroom Study  Appendix E: Sample Transcription Conventions: "Jeffersonian" Transcription Conventions  Appendix F: Sample Transcription Conventions for the L2 Classroom  Appendix G: Commonly-Used Formulæ  Glossary  References

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

Susan M. Gass is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University.