About Associate Professor Aek Phakiti

Aek’s research focusses on an understanding of the roles of individual learner factors in language learning and use (e.g. strategic ability and self-regulation) in various contexts. He employs both quantitative and qualitative research methods to achieve this research. The fact that second language learning, acquisition and use are highly complex, multidimensional and variable in nature, depending upon a variety of social and contextual factors, remains his motivation to continue his research.

Aek Phakiti researches language testing and assessment, second language acquisition (SLA), aspects of strategic competence, metacognition, self-regulation and calibration in language learning, second language reading and language program evaluation.

Teaching and supervision Aek teaches postgraduate coursework in TESOL, including second language acquisition, language testing and assessment and research methods in language studies. He supervises research students (master and PhD levels) in the areas of second language assessment and second language acquisition (individual differences and cognitive processes).

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Research interests
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Language testing and assessment
  • Second language acquisition
  • Research methods in language studies and applied linguistics
Keywords: strategic competence, metacognition, appraisal calibration, second language reading, language testing and assessment, second language acquisition, research methods

Selected publications

  • Phakiti, A., De Costa, P., Plonsky, L., Starfield, S. (2018). Applied Linguistics Research: Current issues, methods and trends. In A. Phakiti, P. De Costa, L. Plonsky & S. Starfield (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology, (pp. 5-29). London: Palgrave. [More Information]
  • Phakiti, A. (2018). Assessing higher-order thinking skills in language learning. In John I. Liontas (Eds.), The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Milton: Wiley. [More Information]
  • Phakiti, A. (2018). Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling. In A. Phakiti, P. De Costa, L. Plonsky & S. Starfield (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology, (pp. 459-500). London: Palgrave. [More Information]
  • Phakiti, A. (2018). Exploratory factor analysis. In A. Phakiti, P. De Costa, L. Plonsky & S. Starfield (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology, (pp. 423-457). London: Palgrave.
  • Roever, C., Phakiti, A. (2018). Quantitative methods for second language research: A problem-solving approach. New York: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Phakiti, A., Plonsky, L. (2018). Reconciling beliefs about L2 learning with SLA theory and research. RELC Journal, 49(2), 217-237. [More Information]
  • Phakiti, A., De Costa, P., Plonsky, L., Starfield, S. (2018). The Palgrave handbook of applied linguistics research methodology. London: Palgrave. [More Information]