Luke Plonsky, PhD

Luke Plonsky Assistant Professor
Northern Arizona University
Applied Linguistics
Blg 23 Rm #315
Phone: 928-523-6265
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Interests

  • Second language acquisition
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Research synthesis and meta-analysis
  • Second/foreign language pedagogy

Education

  • Ph.D. 2011, Michigan State University -- Second Language Studies
  • M.A. 2004, Northern Arizona University -- Teaching English as a Second Language
  • B.A. 2002, Northern Arizona University -- Spanish

Books

  • Loewen, S., & Plonsky, L. (under contract). Research methods in applied linguistics: Key concepts and techniques. New York: Palgrave.
  • Plonsky, L. (Ed.) (under contract). Advancing quantitative methods in second language research. New York: Routledge.
  • Gass, S., 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.

Articles and Book Chapters (2010-present)

  • Plonsky, L., & Oswald, F. L. (forthcoming). How big is 'big'? Interpreting effect sizes in L2 research. Language Learning.
  • Plonsky, L., & Brown, D. (forthcoming). Domain definition and search techniques in meta-analyses of L2 research (Or why 18 meta-analyses of feedback have different results). Second Language Research.
  • Plonsky, L., Egbert, J., & LaFlair, G. T. (in press). Bootstrapping in applied linguistics: Assessing its potential using shared data. Applied Linguistics.
  • Lee, J., Jang, J,. & Plonsky, L. (forthcoming). The effectiveness of L2 pronunciation instruction: A meta-analysis. Applied Linguistics.
  • Plonsky, L., & Gurzynski-Weiss, L. (in press). Research methods. In C. Fäcke (Ed.) Manual of language acquisition (pp. 31-49). Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • 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.
  • 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 and extending quantitative reasoning in second language research. Malden, MA: Wiley.
  • 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: Basil Blackwell.]
  • LaFlair, G. T., Egbert, J., & Plonsky, L. (forthcoming). Bootstrapping. In L. Plonsky (Ed.), Advancing quantitative methods in second language research. New York: Routledge. 
  • 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 theories toward creative teaching.
  • Plonsky, L. (2014). Study quality in quantitative L2 research (1990-2010): A methodological synthesis and call for reform. Modern Language Journal, 85, 450-470.
  • 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.
  • 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. (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 language acquisition (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.
  • 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: Basil Blackwell.
  • 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.
    [Winner of the Language Learning Outstanding Article of the Year, 2011]
    [Winner of the ACTL-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.