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Multisite replication in SLA research: attention to form during listening and reading comprehension

Morgan-Short, Kara; Marsden, Emma; Heil, Jeanne; Isa, Bernard I.; Mikhaylova, Anna; Mikołajczak, Sylwia; Moreno, Nina; Leow, Ronald P.; Slabakova, Roumyana; Szudarski, Paweł


Kara Morgan-Short

Emma Marsden

Jeanne Heil

Bernard I. Isa

Anna Mikhaylova

Sylwia Mikołajczak

Nina Moreno

Ronald P. Leow

Roumyana Slabakova


We conducted a multi-site replication study with aspects of pre-registration in order to explore the feasibility of such an approach in second language (L2) research. To this end, we addressed open questions in a line of research that has examined whether having learners attend to form while reading or listening to a L2 passage interferes with comprehension (VanPatten, 1990; Leow, Hsieh, & Moreno, 2008). Our results are consistent with findings from the specific paradigm that we replicated (i.e., Leow et al., 2008) in that no effects were detected in analyses conducted over all sites. However, further investigation is warranted due to site-specific effects and methodological limitations. We found all aspects of the multi-site registered replication approach to be useful, although the registration component itself appears to be a more feasible and useful first step in order to increase the robustness and generalizability of findings in our field.


Morgan-Short, K., Marsden, E., Heil, J., Isa, B. I., Mikhaylova, A., Mikołajczak, S., …Szudarski, P. (2018). Multisite replication in SLA research: attention to form during listening and reading comprehension. Language Learning, 68(2), 392-437.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 23, 2018
Online Publication Date May 24, 2018
Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Deposit Date May 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 24, 2018
Journal Language Learning
Print ISSN 0023-8333
Electronic ISSN 1467-9922
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 68
Issue 2
Pages 392-437
Keywords replication, attention, form and meaning, second language
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