Quantitative considerations for improving replicability in CALL and applied linguistics

Luke Plonsky

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There are a number of methodological practices commonly employed by CALL researchers that limit progress in the field. Some of these practices are particular to replication research, but most are more general and are found throughout applied linguistics. I describe in this paper two studies that are fabricated but that resemble much of what is found in the field. Each study corresponds to and contains a set of methodological issues. Following each study, I address the issues they illustrate, providing comments and suggestions for how the analyses could be modified to produce greater replicability and/or replicational value. I conclude with a summary of suggestions for quantitative reforms related to improving replication research and quantitative practices more generally in CALL and applied linguistics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-244
Number of pages13
JournalCALICO Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


  • Computer-assisted language instruction
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Replication
  • SLA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Computer Science Applications


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