Instruments for Research into Second Languages is an accessible introduction to understanding and evaluating existing and emerging methodologies in L2 research. The book provides an introduction to the data collection materials available in the IRIS database. IRIS is an open access, searchable repository of instruments used to elicit data for research into second and foreign language learning and teaching. The book is aimed at graduate students, researchers and educators in the fields of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition.

Featuring contributions from top scholars in the field, this dynamic volume includes empirical research carried out using innovative instruments held in IRIS, offering insights into their basic mechanics, how and why they are used, as well as the challenges they can present. The chapters describe the kinds of data (evidence about knowledge, processing, interaction, learning, and motivation) that result from these methods, and they discuss conditions that lead to reliable and valid data collection and analysis. This unique collection provides researchers, professionals, and students with up-to-date responses to practical and theoretical questions about how second language learning and teaching can be investigated using the IRIS database of instruments. IRIS was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and is a long term British Academy Research Project.

chapter 1|21 pages

The IRIS Repository

Advancing Research Practice and Methodology
ByEmma Marsden, Alison Mackey, Luke Plonsky

part I|68 pages

Tapping into the Processing of Input

chapter 2|18 pages

Indirect Tests of Implicit Linguistic Knowledge

ByJohn N. Williams, Albertyna Paciorek

chapter 3|15 pages

Using the Looking-While-Listening Procedure for Second Language Research

ByCasey Lew-Williams

chapter 4|15 pages

Self-Paced Reading and L2 Grammatical Processing

ByLeah Roberts

chapter 5|18 pages

Under the Radar

Triangulating Think-Alouds and Finger-Tracking to Detect the Unnoticed
ByAline Godfroid, Le Anne Spino

part II|104 pages

Tapping into Production

chapter 6|19 pages

New Developments in the Use of Elicited Imitation

ByRosemary Erlam, Motoko Akakura

chapter 7|20 pages

Structural Priming in L2 Speech Production

Examining Relationships among English L2 Speakers' Production, Cognitive Abilities, and Awareness
ByKim McDonough, Paula Kielstra, Dustin Crowther, George Smith

chapter 8|17 pages

Eliciting Oral Interaction Data in EFL Settings

ByMaría del Pilar García Mayo, Eva Alcón Soler

chapter 9|27 pages

Eliciting Oral Production of Target Forms in Peer Interaction

Challenges and Options
ByJenefer Philp

part III|68 pages

Research Design and Context

chapter 11|27 pages

Interaction in Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication

Advancing the Research Agenda
ByNicole Ziegler

chapter 12|19 pages

A Second Language Task-Based Needs Analysis for Australian Aboriginal Learners

Accessing Insider Perspectives of the Workplace and Cultural Domains
ByRhonda Oliver, Ellen Grote

chapter 13|20 pages

Insights from Measurement of Task-Related Motivation

ByMaimoonah K. Al Khalil