Dr Aek Phakiti

Senior Lecturer in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Aek completed his PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne in 2005. His PhD thesis examined the relationships of state-trait cognitive, metacognitive and affective strategy use to EFL reading comprehension test performance through the use of a structural equation modeling approach.

Aek lectures in second-language acquisition, language testing and assessment and research methods in language learning in the MEd program in TESOL. He is co-editor of “Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics” (Continuum, 2010), with Brian Paltridge. Aek is currently working on 2 books: 'Experimental Research Methods in Language Learning' to be published by Bloomsbury; and with Carsten Roever (University of Melbourne), 'Quantitative methods for second language research: A problem-solving approach' to be published with Routledge.

With Carsten Roever (University of Melbourne), Aek was a guest editor of Language Assessment Quarterly, on 'Currents issues and trends in language assessment in Australia and New Zealand (Vol 8/2, 2011). Aek has published his research in the journals Language Testing, Language Learning, Language Assessment Quarterly and RELC Journal, to name a few. Aek was a visiting scholar at The University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA.

Research interests

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • English for academic purposes
  • Second language acquisition

Keywords: strategic competence, metacognition, second language reading, language testing and assessment, second language acquisition, research methods

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
A structural equation model of the impact of cognitive and metacognitive grammatical strategy use on Chinese University-level EFL students' grammar test performance over time: a multitrait-multimethod approach. PhD Zhiwei BI
TBA PhD Thi Hang NGO
The effectiveness of assessment of language knowledge and skills acquired in Project-based learning English language classrooms PhD Olga NIKULTSEVA
Dynamic Development of Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency Measures in ESL Academic Writing PhD Rosmawati ROSMAWATI
Chinese students' English language growth in the EFL context of Thailand: An investigation of oral communication strategy use and classroom interaction in conversation class PhD Tiefu ZHANG

Current projects

  • Taylor's College Funded Research Program on 'Factors affecting academic performance of non-English background graduates from the University of Sydney Foundation Program studying at the University of Sydney' Recipients: Aek Phakiti, Lindy Woodrow and David Hirsh.
  • TOEFL COE research grant on 'Research Synthesis on the use of feedback for teaching academic writing from automated essay scoring'. Recipients: Brian Paltridge, Aek Phakiti, Marie Stevenson, Lindy Woodrow.
  • WIDA Project: English Language Proficiency and Mathematics Achievement of English Learners in US States. Research Team: H. Gary Cook, Rosalie Grant, University of Wisconsin - Madison and Aek Phakiti, The University of Sydney

Associations

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2010

  • TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award 2010

Selected grants

2014

  • Test-takers' calibration and strategy use in IELTS listening tasks; Phakiti A; IELTS Australia Pty Limited/Research Support.

2007

  • Modeling the Relationship of Strategic Competence to Reading Comprehension Test Performances Over Time by Adult English as a foreign or second language (EFL/ESL) Tertiary students.; Phakiti A; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.
  • Research synthesis on automated feedback on academic writing; Phakiti A, Paltridge B, Stevenson M, Woodrow L; Education Testing Service/TOEFL Grant.

2006

  • Input, interaction and the English SMART card; Phakiti A; University of Sydney/Scholarship of Teaching of the Faculty of Education and Social Work.
  • TESOL Network; Harbon L, Woodrow L, Shen H, Phakiti A, Stevenson M, Paltridge B; University of Sydney/Support.

2004

  • An empirical investigation into the nature of and factors affecting test takers' calibration within the Context of an English Placement Test (EPT); Phakiti A; Michigan University/Spaan Fellow Research Award.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Paltridge, B., Harbon, L., Hirsh, D., Shen, H., Stevenson, M., Phakiti, A., Woodrow, L. (2009). Teaching Academic Writing: An Introduction for Teachers of Second Language Writers. Ann Arbor, USA: University of Michigan Press.
  • Phakiti, A. (2007). Strategic Competence and EFL Reading Test Performance : A Structural Equation Modeling Approach. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing.

Edited Books

  • Paltridge, B., Phakiti, A. (2010). Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. London: Continuum.

Book Chapters

  • Phakiti, A. (2013). Questionnaire development and analysis. In Antony John Kunnan (Eds.), The Companion to Language Assessment. London: Wiley.
  • Phakiti, A. (2010). Analysing Quantitative Data. In Brian Paltridge and Aek Phakiti (Eds.), Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics, (pp. 39-49). London: Continuum.
  • Phakiti, A. (2007). On the nature of L2 test-takers' calibration in a reading test. In C. Gitsaki (Eds.), Language and Languages: Global and Local Tensions, (pp. 218-233). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journals

  • Stevenson, M., Phakiti, A. (2014). The effects of computer-generated feedback on the quality of writing. Assessing Writing, 19, 51-65. [More Information]
  • Phakiti, A., Hirsh, D., Woodrow, L. (2013). It’s not only English: Effects of other individual factors on English language learning and academic learning of ESL International students in Australia. Journal of Research in International Education, 12(3), 239-258. [More Information]
  • Phakiti, A., Roever, C. (2011). Current Issues and Trends in Language Assessment in Australia and New Zealand: Editorial. Language Assessment Quarterly: an international journal, 8(2), 103-107. [More Information]
  • Phakiti, A., Li, L. (2011). General academic difficulties and reading and writing difficulties among Asian ESL postgraduate students in TESOL at an Australian university. RELC Journal: a journal of language teaching and research in Southeast Asia, 42(3), 227-264. [More Information]
  • Phakiti, A. (2008). Construct validation of Bachman and Palmer's (1996) strategic competence model over time in EFL reading tests. Language Testing, 25(2), 237-272.
  • Phakiti, A. (2008). Predicting NESB International Postgraduate Students' Academic Achievement: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach. International Journal of Applied Educational Studies, 3(1), 18-38.
  • Phakiti, A. (2008). Strategic Competence as a Fourth-Order Factor Model: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach. Language Assessment Quarterly: an international journal, 5(1), 20-42. [More Information]
  • Phakiti, A. (2006). Modeling cognitive and metacognitive strategies and their relationships to EFL reading test performance. Melbourne Papers in Language Testing, 1, 53-96.
  • Phakiti, A. (2006). Theoretical and Pedagogical Issues in ESL/EFL Teaching of Strategic Reading. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 1, 19-50.
  • Phakiti, A. (2005). An empirical investigation into the nature of and factors affecting test takers' calibration within the context of an English Placement Test (EPT). Spaan Fellow Working Papers in Second or Foreign Language Assessment, 3, 27-46.
  • Phakiti, A. (2003). A Closer Look at Gender and Strategy Use in L2 Reading. Language Learning: a journal of research in language studies, 53(4), 649-702.
  • Phakiti, A. (2003). A closer look at the relationship of cognitive and metacognitive strategy use to EFL reading achievement test performance. Language Testing, 20(1), 26-56.
  • Phakiti, A. (2001). Exploring gender differences with state metacognitive regulatory structures in EFL reading achievement. Melbourne Papers in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, 1, 47-69.
  • Phakiti, A. (2000). A closer look at the relationship of cognitive and metacognitive strategy use to EFL reading achievement test. Melbourne Papers in Language Testing, 9(1), 51-94.

Conferences

  • Grant, R., MacDonald, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A. (2013). English language learners: Academic English language proficiency and mathematics. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Pre-session, Denver, USA, 15 - 17 April, 2013.
  • Phakiti, A., Guang, C. (2013). Investigating strategic processing in the comprehension of academic lectures: The effect of different analytical methods. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Dallas, Texas, 16 - 19 March, 2013.
  • Phakiti, A. (2012). A research synthesis and evaluation of research into the psychometric properties of automated writing scoring/evaluation. 34th Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Princeton, NJ, 1 - 5 April, 2012.
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A., Chisholm, M. (2012). Academic English language - assessment and relationship to mathematics achievement of English language learner school students, an international perspective. World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting 2012, Sydney, 2-6 December.
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A. (2012). Language and learning: Relationship between English language proficiency and mathematics achievement of English learners. 34th Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Princeton, NJ, 1 - 5 April, 2012.
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A. (2012). Structural equation models: English language proficiency and mathematics achievement of English learners in US states. Inaugural Conference of the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ), Sydney, Australia, 8 - 10 November, 2012.
  • Phakiti, A. (2011). A research synthesis of the psychometric properties of automated writing evaluation (AWE) programs. 2nd joint Applied Linguistics Associations of Australia (ALAA) and New Zealand (ALANZ) conference, Canberra, Australia, 29 November - 2 December, 2011.
  • Phakiti, A., Stevenson, M. (2011). A synthesis of automated essay scoring programs. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, 2011, Chicago, Illinois, 26 - 29 March 2011.
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A., Lundberg, T. (2011). English language proficiency and mathematics achievement of English learners in a US state. 2nd joint Applied Linguistics Associations of Australia (ALAA) and New Zealand (ALANZ) conference, Canberra, Australia, 29 November - 2 December, 2011.
  • Phakiti, A. (2010). The influences of strategy use on EFL reading performance. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, 2010, Atlanta, GA, 6 - 9 March, 2010.
  • Phakiti, A. (2009). Investigating the effects of cognitive and metacognitive strategies on EFL reading performance via two structural equation models. 1st joint Applied Linguistics Association of NZ and of Australia (ALANZ and ALAA) Conference, The University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2 - 4 December, 2009.
  • Phakiti, A. (2009). The effects of reading task difficulties on test-takers confidence and calibration. Fourth University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium, The University of Sydney, Australia, 5 September, 2008.
  • Phakiti, A. (2008). Calibration and miscalibration in a paper-based TOEFL reading test. Third Annual University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium, University of Sydney, Australia, 20 Septmber, 2008.
  • Phakiti, A. (2008). Focus speaker: Researching strategic competence in second language learning and use. The 2nd Annual International Free Linguistics Conference 2008, The University of Sydney, Australia, 11 - 12 October, 2008.
  • Phakiti, A. (2008). Predicting NESB international postgraduate students’ academic achievement: A structural equation modeling approach. Australian Association of Applied Linguistic (AALA) Conference 2008, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Phakiti, A. (2007). Modeling the effects of cognitive and metacognitive strategies on EFL reading performance. Second Annual University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium, University of Sydney, Australia: TESOL Research Network Colloquium, University of Sydney.
  • Phakiti, A. (2006). On the Nature of L2 Test Takers' Calibration in Reading Tests. 31st Annual Congress of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia : Language and languages: global and local tensions, AUS: Applied Linguistics Association of Australia.
  • Phakiti, A. (2006). Reasons for miscalibration. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, 2006, Montreal, Quebec: American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL).
  • Phakiti, A. (2004). Modeling the relationship between state and trait reading strategy use over time in L2 reading tests. American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2004, US: American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL).
  • Phakiti, A. (2004). The effects of cognitive and metacognitive strategy use on second language reading comprehension. Chiang Mai University, Faculty of Education Conference 2006, Thailand: Chiang Mai University, Faculty of Education.
  • Phakiti, A. (2000). Exploring gender differences in cognitive and metacognitive strategy use in an EFL reading comprehension test. Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Postgraduate Conference, Australia: Applied Linguistics Section, Department of Language Studies, University of Melbourne.

Report

  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A. (2012). Academic English language proficiency and mathematics achievement of Wisconsin English language learners (Report to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction).
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A. (2011). Relating English Learners' English Academic Language Proficiency to their Mathematics Achievement (Report to the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A. (2011). Relationships between Academic Language and Mathematics Achievement (Discussion paper, WIDA Research Committee Meeting, November 9).

2014

  • Stevenson, M., Phakiti, A. (2014). The effects of computer-generated feedback on the quality of writing. Assessing Writing, 19, 51-65. [More Information]

2013

  • Grant, R., MacDonald, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A. (2013). English language learners: Academic English language proficiency and mathematics. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Pre-session, Denver, USA, 15 - 17 April, 2013.
  • Phakiti, A., Guang, C. (2013). Investigating strategic processing in the comprehension of academic lectures: The effect of different analytical methods. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Dallas, Texas, 16 - 19 March, 2013.
  • Phakiti, A., Hirsh, D., Woodrow, L. (2013). It’s not only English: Effects of other individual factors on English language learning and academic learning of ESL International students in Australia. Journal of Research in International Education, 12(3), 239-258. [More Information]
  • Phakiti, A. (2013). Questionnaire development and analysis. In Antony John Kunnan (Eds.), The Companion to Language Assessment. London: Wiley.

2012

  • Phakiti, A. (2012). A research synthesis and evaluation of research into the psychometric properties of automated writing scoring/evaluation. 34th Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Princeton, NJ, 1 - 5 April, 2012.
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A., Chisholm, M. (2012). Academic English language - assessment and relationship to mathematics achievement of English language learner school students, an international perspective. World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting 2012, Sydney, 2-6 December.
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A. (2012). Academic English language proficiency and mathematics achievement of Wisconsin English language learners (Report to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction).
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A. (2012). Language and learning: Relationship between English language proficiency and mathematics achievement of English learners. 34th Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Princeton, NJ, 1 - 5 April, 2012.
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A. (2012). Structural equation models: English language proficiency and mathematics achievement of English learners in US states. Inaugural Conference of the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ), Sydney, Australia, 8 - 10 November, 2012.

2011

  • Phakiti, A. (2011). A research synthesis of the psychometric properties of automated writing evaluation (AWE) programs. 2nd joint Applied Linguistics Associations of Australia (ALAA) and New Zealand (ALANZ) conference, Canberra, Australia, 29 November - 2 December, 2011.
  • Phakiti, A., Stevenson, M. (2011). A synthesis of automated essay scoring programs. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, 2011, Chicago, Illinois, 26 - 29 March 2011.
  • Phakiti, A., Roever, C. (2011). Current Issues and Trends in Language Assessment in Australia and New Zealand: Editorial. Language Assessment Quarterly: an international journal, 8(2), 103-107. [More Information]
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A., Lundberg, T. (2011). English language proficiency and mathematics achievement of English learners in a US state. 2nd joint Applied Linguistics Associations of Australia (ALAA) and New Zealand (ALANZ) conference, Canberra, Australia, 29 November - 2 December, 2011.
  • Phakiti, A., Li, L. (2011). General academic difficulties and reading and writing difficulties among Asian ESL postgraduate students in TESOL at an Australian university. RELC Journal: a journal of language teaching and research in Southeast Asia, 42(3), 227-264. [More Information]
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A. (2011). Relating English Learners' English Academic Language Proficiency to their Mathematics Achievement (Report to the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).
  • Grant, R., Cook, H., Phakiti, A. (2011). Relationships between Academic Language and Mathematics Achievement (Discussion paper, WIDA Research Committee Meeting, November 9).

2010

  • Phakiti, A. (2010). Analysing Quantitative Data. In Brian Paltridge and Aek Phakiti (Eds.), Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics, (pp. 39-49). London: Continuum.
  • Paltridge, B., Phakiti, A. (2010). Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. London: Continuum.
  • Phakiti, A. (2010). The influences of strategy use on EFL reading performance. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, 2010, Atlanta, GA, 6 - 9 March, 2010.

2009

  • Phakiti, A. (2009). Investigating the effects of cognitive and metacognitive strategies on EFL reading performance via two structural equation models. 1st joint Applied Linguistics Association of NZ and of Australia (ALANZ and ALAA) Conference, The University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2 - 4 December, 2009.
  • Paltridge, B., Harbon, L., Hirsh, D., Shen, H., Stevenson, M., Phakiti, A., Woodrow, L. (2009). Teaching Academic Writing: An Introduction for Teachers of Second Language Writers. Ann Arbor, USA: University of Michigan Press.
  • Phakiti, A. (2009). The effects of reading task difficulties on test-takers confidence and calibration. Fourth University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium, The University of Sydney, Australia, 5 September, 2008.

2008

  • Phakiti, A. (2008). Calibration and miscalibration in a paper-based TOEFL reading test. Third Annual University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium, University of Sydney, Australia, 20 Septmber, 2008.
  • Phakiti, A. (2008). Construct validation of Bachman and Palmer's (1996) strategic competence model over time in EFL reading tests. Language Testing, 25(2), 237-272.
  • Phakiti, A. (2008). Focus speaker: Researching strategic competence in second language learning and use. The 2nd Annual International Free Linguistics Conference 2008, The University of Sydney, Australia, 11 - 12 October, 2008.
  • Phakiti, A. (2008). Predicting NESB International Postgraduate Students' Academic Achievement: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach. International Journal of Applied Educational Studies, 3(1), 18-38.
  • Phakiti, A. (2008). Predicting NESB international postgraduate students’ academic achievement: A structural equation modeling approach. Australian Association of Applied Linguistic (AALA) Conference 2008, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Phakiti, A. (2008). Strategic Competence as a Fourth-Order Factor Model: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach. Language Assessment Quarterly: an international journal, 5(1), 20-42. [More Information]

2007

  • Phakiti, A. (2007). Modeling the effects of cognitive and metacognitive strategies on EFL reading performance. Second Annual University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium, University of Sydney, Australia: TESOL Research Network Colloquium, University of Sydney.
  • Phakiti, A. (2007). On the nature of L2 test-takers' calibration in a reading test. In C. Gitsaki (Eds.), Language and Languages: Global and Local Tensions, (pp. 218-233). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Phakiti, A. (2007). Strategic Competence and EFL Reading Test Performance : A Structural Equation Modeling Approach. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing.

2006

  • Phakiti, A. (2006). Modeling cognitive and metacognitive strategies and their relationships to EFL reading test performance. Melbourne Papers in Language Testing, 1, 53-96.
  • Phakiti, A. (2006). On the Nature of L2 Test Takers' Calibration in Reading Tests. 31st Annual Congress of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia : Language and languages: global and local tensions, AUS: Applied Linguistics Association of Australia.
  • Phakiti, A. (2006). Reasons for miscalibration. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, 2006, Montreal, Quebec: American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL).
  • Phakiti, A. (2006). Theoretical and Pedagogical Issues in ESL/EFL Teaching of Strategic Reading. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 1, 19-50.

2005

  • Phakiti, A. (2005). An empirical investigation into the nature of and factors affecting test takers' calibration within the context of an English Placement Test (EPT). Spaan Fellow Working Papers in Second or Foreign Language Assessment, 3, 27-46.

2004

  • Phakiti, A. (2004). Modeling the relationship between state and trait reading strategy use over time in L2 reading tests. American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2004, US: American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL).
  • Phakiti, A. (2004). The effects of cognitive and metacognitive strategy use on second language reading comprehension. Chiang Mai University, Faculty of Education Conference 2006, Thailand: Chiang Mai University, Faculty of Education.

2003

  • Phakiti, A. (2003). A Closer Look at Gender and Strategy Use in L2 Reading. Language Learning: a journal of research in language studies, 53(4), 649-702.
  • Phakiti, A. (2003). A closer look at the relationship of cognitive and metacognitive strategy use to EFL reading achievement test performance. Language Testing, 20(1), 26-56.

2001

  • Phakiti, A. (2001). Exploring gender differences with state metacognitive regulatory structures in EFL reading achievement. Melbourne Papers in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, 1, 47-69.

2000

  • Phakiti, A. (2000). A closer look at the relationship of cognitive and metacognitive strategy use to EFL reading achievement test. Melbourne Papers in Language Testing, 9(1), 51-94.
  • Phakiti, A. (2000). Exploring gender differences in cognitive and metacognitive strategy use in an EFL reading comprehension test. Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Postgraduate Conference, Australia: Applied Linguistics Section, Department of Language Studies, University of Melbourne.

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