Alison Mackey

List of John Benjamins publications for which Alison Mackey plays a role.


Second Language Interaction in Diverse Educational Contexts

Edited by Kim McDonough and Alison Mackey

[Language Learning & Language Teaching, 34] 2013. xiv, 318 pp.
Subjects Applied linguistics | Language acquisition | Language teaching

Second Language Acquisition and the Younger Learner: Child's play?

Edited by Jenefer Philp, Rhonda Oliver and Alison Mackey

[Language Learning & Language Teaching, 23] 2008. viii, 334 pp.
Subjects Applied linguistics | Language acquisition | Language teaching | Multilingualism


This chapter takes the form of short answers to questions posed by graduate students. I lay out some of the questions that I have encountered most frequently during my two decades working with graduate students as an advisor, as a Director of Graduate Studies, and as an instructor of a number of… read more
Fujii, Akiko, Nicole Ziegler and Alison Mackey 2016 2. Peer interaction and metacognitive instruction in the EFL classroomPeer Interaction and Second Language Learning: Pedagogical potential and research agenda, Sato, Masatoshi and Susan Ballinger (eds.), pp. 63–89 | Article
This chapter examines the effects of metacognitive instruction on the provision and use of interactional opportunities in learner-learner interactions in the task-based EFL classroom. Learners (N = 39) drawn from three intact speaking classes in an intensive academic EFL program were divided into a… read more
Since its inception, the field of second language research has utilized methods from a number of areas, including general linguistics, psychology, education, sociology, anthropology and, recently, neuroscience and corpus linguistics. As the questions and objectives expand, researchers are… read more
Marsden, Emma and Alison Mackey 2014  IRIS: A new resource for second language researchLinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 4:1, pp. 125–130 | Article
IRIS is a digital database of materials used to collect data for second language research that went fully live in August 2012. At the time of writing (May 2013), there have been over 3,300 downloads of materials held on the site, and almost 11,000 visits, demonstrating a clear need for the… read more
Mackey, Alison, Akiko Fujii, Sigrun Biesenbach-Lucas, Heather Weger, Natalia Dolgova Jacobsen, Lyn Wright, Julie Lake, Kerstin Sondermann, Kaitlyn Tagarelli, Mari Tsujita, Atsuko Watanabe, Rebekha Abbuhl and Katie Kim 2013 4. Tasks and traditional practice activities in a foreign language contextSecond Language Interaction in Diverse Educational Contexts, McDonough, Kim and Alison Mackey (eds.), pp. 71–88 | Chapter
In this study, learners carried out tasks and traditional practice activities in an authentic instructional context: English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Japan (n = 37). Learners’ production on pre- and posttests was analyzed to investigate second language (L2) development with respect to the… read more
One claim of Robinson’s Cognition Hypothesis predicts that more cognitively complex tasks will promote greater uptake and retention of linguistic forms enhanced by interactional feedback such as recasts. The present study tested this claim by examining whether the task design variable ± visual… read more
Oliver, Rhonda, Jenefer Philp and Alison Mackey 2008 The impact of teacher input, guidance and feedback on ESL children's task-based interactionsSecond Language Acquisition and the Younger Learner: Child's play?, Philp, Jenefer, Rhonda Oliver and Alison Mackey (eds.), pp. 131–147 | Article
In this chapter we examine children’s interaction during authentic lessons involving tasks in L2 classrooms, comparing the effects of teacher guidance for 5–7 year olds (n = 22) and 11–12 year olds (n = 20). Three experimental conditions representing a continuum of teacher guidance were examined:… read more
Philp, Jenefer, Alison Mackey and Rhonda Oliver 2008 Child's play? Second language acquisition and the younger learner in contextSecond Language Acquisition and the Younger Learner: Child's play?, Philp, Jenefer, Rhonda Oliver and Alison Mackey (eds.), pp. 3–23 | Article
Gass, Susan M. and Alison Mackey 2006 Input, Interaction and Output: An OverviewThemes in SLA Research, Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen and Zoltán Dörnyei (eds.), pp. 3–17 | Article
This paper presents an overview of what has come to be known as the Interaction Hypothesis, the basic tenet of which is that through input and interaction with interlocutors, language learners have opportunities to notice differences between their own formulations of the target language and the… read more
Mackey, Alison, Jenefer Philp, Takako Egi, Akiko Fujii and Tomoaki Tatsumi 2002 9. Individual differences in working memory, noticing of interactional feedback and L2 developmentIndividual Differences and Instructed Language Learning, Robinson, Peter (ed.), pp. 181–209 | Article