Key Methods in Second Language Acquisition Research - Alessandro Benati

Key Methods in Second Language Acquisition Research - Alessandro Benati

1. What are the Key Components in Second Language Research?

Key Methods in Second Language Acquisition Research - Alessandro Benati

Alessandro G. Benati [+-]
University of Portsmouth
Professor Alessandro Benati is Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Head of School of Languages and Area Studies at the University of Portsmouth. He is internationally known for his research in second language learning and teaching, with special emphases on processing instruction. He is a pioneering researcher in the area of second language acquisition (SLA) and has built a reputation on two fronts. On one front, he is a premier Italian language scholar producing the most empirical work on the teaching and acquisition of Italian in the world. On the other front, he is a scholar in the more general field of instructed SLA, with an emphasis on the effects of formal instruction on the acquisition of grammatical properties by second language learners. He has a strong publications record with 12 established monographs, chapters and articles in international journals (Language Awareness, IRAL, and Language Teaching Research).

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In this chapter a clear definition of second language research is provided. Similarities and differences between research as a natural process and research as a scientific method of enquiry will be presented. Research is a cyclical process which involves a number of interrelated phases such as producing literature reviews, formulating research questions and/or hypotheses, and developing a careful methodological plan to collect and analyse data. These phases will be analysed and discussed. Key methodological frameworks will be briefly introduced. Qualitative and Quantitative research will be defined. Ethical considerations in conducting second language research will also be considered.

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Benati, Alessandro G. . 1. What are the Key Components in Second Language Research?. Key Methods in Second Language Acquisition Research. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 3-34 Jan 2016. ISBN 9781781792414. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26147. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26147. Jan 2016

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