Luke PlonskyLuke Plonsky, Ph.D.

Master of Arts in TESOL Director
Professor: TESOL

Luke Plonsky (Ph.D., Michigan State University) specializes in three main areas of applied linguistics and TESOL: second language acquisition, language pedagogy, and research methods. Recent and forthcoming work in these and other areas can be found in virtually all major journals in the field including Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Language Learning, Modern Language Journal, Second Language Research, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition and in book chapters published by Cambridge, De Gruyter, Routledge, and Wiley-Blackwell. Luke has also co-authored or edited four books including the best-selling 4th edition of Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course. In addition to an accomplished scholarly record, Luke has taught courses in applied linguistics/TESOL as well as English and Spanish as a second language in Spain, The Netherlands (National Graduate School of Linguistics), Puerto Rico (Caribbean University), and in the US at Michigan State University, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University.

There are many facets to second language learning and teaching. I find, and I hope you will too, that it is this complexity that makes TESOL such a fascinating field of study. It is also a field that is constantly changing and evolving as new research and technologies emerge. Consequently, there is always something new to learn and experience. I very much look forward to working together and to further developing your skills and knowledge in this exciting field!


BOOKS

  • Loewen, S., & Plonsky, L. (forthcoming). Research methods in applied linguistics: Key concepts and techniques. New York: Palgrave.
  • Plonsky, L. (Ed.) (forthcoming). Advancing quantitative methods in second language research. New York:Routledge.
  • Gass, S. M., with Behney, J., & Plonsky, L. (2013). Second language acquisition: An introductory course(4th ed.). New York: Routledge.
  • Plonsky, L., & Schierloh, M. (Eds.) (2011). Selected proceedings of the 2009 Second Language Research Forum: Diverse contributions to SLA. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.


JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • Lee, J., Jang, J., & Plonsky, L. (forthcoming). The effectiveness of second language pronunciation instruction: A meta-analysis. Applied Linguistics.
  • Plonsky, L., & Brown, D. (in press). Domain definition and search techniques in meta-analyses of L2research (Or why 18 meta-analyses of feedback have different results). Second Language Research.
  • Plonsky, L., & Oswald, F. L. (forthcoming). How big is ‘big’? Interpreting effect sizes in L2 research. Language Learning.
  • Plonsky, L., Egbert, J., & LaFlair, G. T. (in press). Bootstrapping in applied linguistics: Assessing its potential using shared data. Applied Linguistics.
  • Plonsky, L. (2014). Study quality in quantitative L2 research (1990-2010): A methodological synthesis and call for reform. Modern Language Journal, 98, 450-470.
  • Clark, T. S., Crawford, W. J., & Plonsky, L. (2013). Applying corpus linguistics to management research: The case of professionalism. International Journal of Business Research, 13, 65-78.
  • Plonsky, L. (2013). Study quality in SLA: An assessment of designs, analyses, and reporting practices in quantitative L2 research. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 35, 655-687.
  • Plonsky, L., & Loewen, S. (2013). Focus on form and vocabulary acquisition in the Spanish L2 classroom. Language, Interaction, and Acquisition, 4, 1-24.
  • Plonsky, L. (2011). The effectiveness of second language strategy instruction: A meta-analysis. Language Learning, 61, 993-1038.
  • Plonsky, L., & Gass, S. (2011). Quantitative research methods, study quality, and outcomes: The case of interaction research. Language Learning, 61, 325-366. [Awarded Language Learning’s Outstanding Article of the Year, 2011][Awarded the ACTFL-MLJ Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education]
  • Oswald, F. L., & Plonsky, L. (2010). Meta-analysis in second language research: Choices and challenges.Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 30, 85-110.
  • Rivera-Mills, S. V., & Plonsky, L. (2007). Empowering students with language learning strategies: A critical review of current issues. Foreign Language Annals, 40, 535-548.
  • Plonsky, L., & Mills, S. V. (2006). An exploratory study of differing perceptions of error correction between a teacher and students: Bridging the gap. Applied Language Learning, 16, 55-74.

    BOOK CHAPTERS & ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES
    Larson-Hall, J., & Plonsky, L. (forthcoming). Reporting and interpreting quantitative research findings: What gets reported, how, and why? In J. M. Norris, S. Ross, & R. Schoonen (Eds.), Improving andextending quantitative reasoning in second language research. Malden, MA: Wiley.
  • Plonsky, L., & Gonulal, T. (forthcoming). Methodological reviews of quantitative L2 research: A second order synthesis and a review of exploratory factor analysis. In J. M. Norris, S. Ross, & R. Schoonen (Eds.), Improving and extending quantitative reasoning in second language research. Malden, MA: Wiley.
  • Plonsky, L., & Gurzynski-Weiss, L. (in press). Research methods. In C. Fäcke (Ed.), Manual of language acquisition (pp. 31-49). Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • LaFlair, G. T., Egbert, J., & Plonsky, L. (forthcoming). Bootstrapping. In L. Plonsky (Ed.), Advancing quantitative methods in second language research. New York: Routledge.
  • Plonsky, L. (forthcoming). Statistical power, p values, and effect sizes: A “back-to-basics” approach to advancing quantitative methods in L2 research. In L. Plonsky (Ed.), Advancing quantitative methodsin second language research. New York: Routledge.
  • Plonsky, L., & Oswald, F. L. (forthcoming). Meta-analyzing second language research. In L. Plonsky (Ed.), Advancing quantitative methods in second language research. New York: Routledge. [Adapted from Plonsky, L., & Oswald, F. L. (2012). How to do a meta-analysis. In A. Mackey & S. M. Gass (Eds.), Research methods in second language acquisition: A practical guide (pp. 275-295). London: Wiley Blackwell.]
  • Nurmukhamedov, U., & Plonsky, L. (forthcoming). Reflective and effective teaching of vocabulary. In M. Zeraatpishe, A. Faravani, H. R. Kargozari, & M. Azarnoosh (Eds.), Issues in applying SLA theoriestoward creative teaching.
  • Plonsky, L., & Oswald, F. L. (2012). How to do a meta-analysis. In A. Mackey & S. M. Gass (Eds.), Research methods in second language acquisition: A practical guide (pp. 275-295). London: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Plonsky, L. (2012). Replication, meta-analysis, and generalizability. In G. Porte (Ed.), Replication research in applied linguistics (pp. 116-132). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Plonsky, L. (2012). Effect size. In P. Robinson (Ed.), The Routledge encyclopedia of second languageacquisition (pp. 200-202). New York: Routledge.
  • Plonsky, L., & Oswald, F. L. (2012). Meta-analysis. In P. Robinson (Ed.), The Routledge encyclopedia of second language acquisition (pp. 420-423). New York: Routledge.