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Quantitative TESOL Classroom Research in Light of the L2 Methods Reform: A Teacher-friendly Quality Checklist #1033

Sat, Feb 27, 15:30-16:30 JST | Main Stage
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Korea TESOL has a long history of presenting venues for the sharing of classroom research that has worked to improve the practices of its members. Second language research in a general sense has been undergoing a methodological reform which has accelerated exponentially over the last ten years. In this presentation, attendees will learn about this methodological reform within quantitative research and how it has manifested itself in what we observe in recent classroom-based research reports. From this overview will emerge several points that readers of these research reports can use to gauge how much stock to put into classroom research reports that might inform their teaching. These points will be presented in an accessible and jargon-free checklist that readers can use to rate a report’s reporting and sample design. Regarding the former, attendees will learn how to identify whether a report’s instruments/measurements have had their validity and reliability considered without the need of technical expertise in the area. Attendees will also learn how to locate and consider how the report has presented the observed effects of the research. Regarding sampling, attendees will learn how issues such as multi-site site sampling, power and sample size planning, and assignment of conditions can be identified and the relevance of such effects. In sum, this presentation works to provide attendees with a tool with which to engage with the research they encounter to inform their practice.

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Joseph P Vitta

Joseph P Vitta

Rikkyo University
Joseph P. Vitta has been involved in Korea TESOL since 2011. He holds a Doctorate in Education from Queen’s University Belfast and has over 16 years’ of ELT and L2 research experience. He occupies the researcher-practitioner space where his academic work seeks to improve practices in the classroom. Dr. Vitta’s publications have appeared in well-known journals such as Language Teaching Research, RELC Journal, the Modern Language Journal, and the Journal of Asia TEFL. He welcomes interested parties to contact him at
Christopher Nicklin

Christopher Nicklin

Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan
Christopher Nicklin is PhD candidate on the doctoral program at Temple University in Japan and has been teaching English at Japanese universities for seven years. His research interests are mainly psycholinguistics, vocabulary acquisition, and research methodology, particularly statistical analysis using the R programming language. He has recently published in the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics and the Modern Language Journal. He can be contacted at