LOT Winter School 2018

RM1 Applying Mixed Methods in Second Language Acquisition (on fluency)

Nivja de Jong


Leiden University


Course info

Level: RM1 (not suitable for RM1-students from Leiden!)

Course description:

In this course, students will gain insights into mixed methods for second language acquisition research. In the course, we will focus on one research paper that has combined quantitative and qualitative measures to investigate fluency of L2 speakers (Kahng, 2014 – see reading list below). In the course, by replicating its procedures, students will find out about benefits of mixed methods and learn how and when to use it in research.

Day-to-day program


  • Introducing (mixed) methods in second language acquisition.


  • Aspects of speaking fluency.
  • Transcribing speaking performances.


  • Stimulated recall in SLA research.
  • Coding in stimulated recall.


  • Quantitative measures in fluency research.
  • Coding and calculation of fluency measures.


  • Pros and cons of mixed methods.

Reading list

Lecture 1:

  • Abbuhl, R., S. Gass, and A. Mackey. 2014. Experimental research design. In Research
  • Methods in Linguistics, ed. R. J. Podesva and D. Sharma, 116-34. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lecture 2:

  • Kahng, J. (2014). Exploring utterance and cognitive fluency of L1 and L2 English speakers: Temporal measures and stimulated recall. Language Learning, 64(4), 809-854.

Lecture 3:

  • Lyle, J. (2003). Stimulated recall: A report on its use in naturalistic research. British educational research journal, 29(6), 861-878.
  • Mackey & Gass (10 pages)

Lecture 4:

Lecture 5:

  • Segalowitz, N., 2016. Second language fluency and its underlying cognitive and social determinants. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, 54(2), pp.79–95.

Further readings (optional):

Mackey, A., & Gass, S. M. (2015). Second language research: Methodology and design. Routledge.


Preparatory assignment: will be announced per email in December.

Assignments during School and Final Assignment presented during the course.