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.
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.
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 Formulae Glossary References