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Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research (Second Language Acquisition Research)

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The process of identifying and deciding on ways to collect data is one of the most difficult steps in conducting second language research. Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research takes up the challenge of demystifying the choice of data elicitation techniques, always with an eye to the intricate relationships that exist between such choices and the nature of an investigator’s research questions. Realizing that the identification of appropriate data-gathering methods can best be understood when techniques are contextualized directly within particular research domains, the authors synthesize and systematize an impressive body of practical knowledge, based on the approaches and results of years of L2 research in a variety of areas.

 

This timely reference guide is specifically directed toward the needs of second language researchers, who can expect to gain a clearer understanding of which techniques may be most appropriate and fruitful in given research domains. Authors Susan M. Gass and Alison Mackey, both prominent scholars in the field of second language acquisition, leverage their perspective on the field as a whole to provide an historical context for each technique. After discussing common research questions underlying data elicitation measures in each area, they identify relevant types of data along a continuum with naturalistic language at one end, language produced in response to some sort of prompt in the middle, and language elicited in controlled experimental settings at the other end of the spectrum. Using step-by-step examples, they detail important ‘how-to’ aspects of data elicitation, and recommend specific guidelines to keep in mind. They use summaries of published research reports to illustrate different methods of data collection. They also provide samples of various types of data. Finally, they also provide a much needed summary of common misconceptions, caveats, and/or limitations to consider when collecting data.

 

Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research is a perfect companion to the same author team’s bestselling Second Language Research: Methodology and Design. It will be an indispensable text for graduate or advanced-level undergraduate students who are beginning research projects in the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) as well as a comprehensive reference point for more seasoned researchers. It will stimulate second language researchers to use data elicitation measures with a clearer understanding of their strengths and limitations and enhance researchers’ ability to modify and combine techniques to match their own research needs.

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This timely reference guide is specifically directed toward the needs of second language researchers, who can expect to gain a clearer understanding of which techniques may be most appropriate and fruitful in given research domains. Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research is a perfect companion to the same author team 's bestselling Second Language Research: Methodology and Design. It is an indispensable text for graduate or advanced-level undergraduate students who are beginning research projects in the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and TESOL as well as a comprehensive reference for more seasoned researchers.

Synopsis:

The process of identifying and deciding on ways to collect data is one of the most difficult steps in conducting second language research. Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research takes up the challenge of demystifying the choice of data elicitation techniques, always with an eye to the intricate relationships that exist between such choices and the nature of an investigator';s research questions. Realizing that the identification of appropriate data-gathering methods can best be understood when techniques are contextualized directly within particular research domains, the authors synthesize and systematize an impressive body of practical knowledge, based on the approaches and results of years of L2 research in a variety of areas. This timely reference guide is specifically directed toward the needs of second language researchers, who can expect to gain a clearer understanding of which techniques may be most appropriate and fruitful in given research domains. This book is a perfect companion to the same author team's bestselling Second Language Research: Methodology and Design, It will be an indispensable text for graduate or advanced-level undergraduate students who are beginning research projects in the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) as well as a comprehensive reference point for more seasoned researchers. It will stimulate second language researchers to use data elicitation measures with a clearer understanding of their strengths and limitations and enhance researchers' ability to modify and combine techniques to match their own research needs.

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"Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research "takes up the challenge of demystifying the choice of data elicitation techniques, always with an eye to the intricate relationships that exist between such choices and the nature of an inve

About the Author

Susan M. Gass is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. She has conducted research in a wide variety of sub-areas of second language acquisition including language transfer, language universals, second language research methods, and input and interaction. She is the author/editor of numerous books including Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course (with Larry Selinker) and Input, Interaction, and the Second Language Learner. She has published widely in the field of second language acquisition and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award from the American Association for Applied Linguistics and the Distinguished Faculty Award from Michigan State University. She has served as the President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and is currently the President of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA). 

Alison Mackey’s research interests focus on second language acquisition, specifically the effects of input and interaction and the role of attention in second language development, and second language research methodologies. Her work appears in various scholarly journals including The Modern Language Journal, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning, Foreign Language Annals, Language and Language Education, System, The International Review of Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching Research, and The International Journal of Educational Research as well as in edited collections published by John Benjamins and Cambridge University Press. She is the co-author of Second Language Research: Methodology and Design (with Susan M. Gass) and Stimulated Recall Methodology in Second Language Research (with Susan M. Gass) and an editor of the upcoming book Conversational Interaction in Second Language Acquisition: A Series of Empirical Studies. Her ongoing research projects include an empirical study of the relationship among working memory capacity, linguistic input and output and second language development, and a series of experimental investigations on the developmental outcomes of learners' noticing of implicit negative feedback in interaction.

Table of Contents

Contents:  Preface. Introduction. Psycholinguistic Approaches. Cognitive Processes, Capacities, and Strategies. Language-Focused Research. Interaction-Based Research. Context-Based Research. Survey-Based Research. Classroom Research.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805860344
Author:
Gass, Susan M.
Publisher:
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Author:
Mackey, Alison
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Language and languages
Subject:
Bilingual Education
Subject:
Language and languages -- Study and teaching.
Subject:
Second language acquisition -- Research.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Series:
Second Language Acquisition Research
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
212
Dimensions:
9.09x6.35x.67 in. .93 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This timely reference guide is specifically directed toward the needs of second language researchers, who can expect to gain a clearer understanding of which techniques may be most appropriate and fruitful in given research domains. Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research is a perfect companion to the same author team 's bestselling Second Language Research: Methodology and Design. It is an indispensable text for graduate or advanced-level undergraduate students who are beginning research projects in the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and TESOL as well as a comprehensive reference for more seasoned researchers.
"Synopsis" by , The process of identifying and deciding on ways to collect data is one of the most difficult steps in conducting second language research. Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research takes up the challenge of demystifying the choice of data elicitation techniques, always with an eye to the intricate relationships that exist between such choices and the nature of an investigator';s research questions. Realizing that the identification of appropriate data-gathering methods can best be understood when techniques are contextualized directly within particular research domains, the authors synthesize and systematize an impressive body of practical knowledge, based on the approaches and results of years of L2 research in a variety of areas. This timely reference guide is specifically directed toward the needs of second language researchers, who can expect to gain a clearer understanding of which techniques may be most appropriate and fruitful in given research domains. This book is a perfect companion to the same author team's bestselling Second Language Research: Methodology and Design, It will be an indispensable text for graduate or advanced-level undergraduate students who are beginning research projects in the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) as well as a comprehensive reference point for more seasoned researchers. It will stimulate second language researchers to use data elicitation measures with a clearer understanding of their strengths and limitations and enhance researchers' ability to modify and combine techniques to match their own research needs.
"Synopsis" by , "Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research "takes up the challenge of demystifying the choice of data elicitation techniques, always with an eye to the intricate relationships that exist between such choices and the nature of an inve
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