Concurrent verbal reports in second language acquisition research

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This article provides an overview of the ways in which concurrent verbal reports, sometimes referred to as think-alouds, have been used in cognitivist second language acquisition (SLA) research. It addresses two issues related to the validity of verbal reportsreactivity and veridicalityand reviews studies that have examined the validity of verbal reports in SLA. On the basis of the results of a meta-analysis of studies comparing the performance of silent and think-aloud groups (Bowles, 2010), this article concludes with suggestions for further research into the issue of validity and recommendations for the careful use of think-alouds in research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-127
Number of pages17
JournalAnnual Review of Applied Linguistics
StatePublished - Mar 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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