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Investigating second language writing behaviours and text quality: The use of mixed method

11 May 2016, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm

Investigating second language writing behaviours and text quality: The use of mixed method

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UCL Knowledge Lab, 29 Emerald St, London WC1N 3QS

Andrea Révész, UCL Institute of Education


The end products of writing tasks have been the object of a considerable amount of research in the areas of second language (L2) acquisition and assessment. However, relatively little empirical research exists that examines the cognitive processes and behaviours in which L2 writers engage and how these may relate to text quality.

In this talk, drawing on my own and colleagues' work (Révész, Michel & Lee, 2016), I will discuss and demonstrate how triangulating various data sources - eye-movement recordings, online keystroke logs, comments from retrospective stimulated recall, and tests of cognitive abilities - may help explore cognitive writing processes and behaviours and their links to text quality. I will argue that the combination of behavioural and verbal protocol data enables researchers to arrive at more valid conclusions about the nature of the L2 writing process and more sound implications for teaching and assessing L2 writing.

About the speaker

Andrea Révész is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the UCL Institute of Education. Her main research interests lie in the area of second language acquisition (SLA), in particular, the roles of tasks, input, and individual differences in SLA. Her current research investigates the cognitive processes involved in second language writing, the measurement of task-generated cognitive demands in second language speaking, and sources of difficulty in second language listening.

Révész's work has appeared in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Applied Psycholinguistics, Language Learning, The Modern Language Journal, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, and TESOL Quarterly. Andrea is associate editor of the journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition and Vice-President of the International Association for Task-based Language Teaching.

For further information please contact Mina Vasalou: a.vasalou@ucl.ac.uk