Using numbers and research methods in your studies can be a little daunting at first. This book gives you straightforward guidance and no-nonsense advice on using, analysing and interpreting statistics and methodologies in empirical work. Each topic is introduced by an activity to help stimulate thought, and this is followed by a full explanation and exercises.
Essential Statistics for Applied Linguistics:
- explores different types of research and explains how to choose a methodology
- gives clear explanations of statistical and mathematical terms
- builds confidence and skills through hands-on exercises, examples and 'how-to' sections
- offers online learning resources, including demonstrations with real data to be used with the software package SPSS
Assuming no previous knowledge of methodology and statistics, this book will help you to acquire and strengthen your understanding, practice what you have learnt and feel comfortable with applying this new expertise to your own work.
WANDER LOWIE is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His publications include Second Language Acquisition: An Advanced Resource Book, Making Sense of Polysemous Words and Twenty Years of Research into Bilingualism: From Structure to Chaos. BREGTJE SETON is currently a PhD student at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, with research interests in applied linguistics and bilingualism.
Preface: How to Use this Book.- PART I Types of Research.- Systematicity in Statistics: Variables.- Descriptive Statistics.- Statistical Logic.- Doing Statistics: From Theory to Practice.- Common Statistics for Applied Linguistics.- Conclusion.- References.- PART II: HOW TO SPSS Introduction.- How to do Descriptive Statistics.- How to Check Assumptions.- How to do a T-Test.- How to do a One-Way ANOVA.- How to do a (Two-Way) ANOVA.- How to do a Correlation Analysis.- How to do a Simple Regression Analysis.- How to do a Chi-square Analysis.- PART III: SPSS PRACTICALS Practical 1 - Exploring SPSS and Entering Variables.- Practical 2 - Descriptive Statistics.- Practical 3 - Calculations using SPSS.- Practical 4 - Inductive Statistics.- Practical 5 - Miscellaneous Assignments.- Practical 6 - Miscellaneous Assignments (Revision).