Marilyn Abbott

Marilyn Abbott

Associate Professor

Educational Psychology
Marilyn.Abbott@ualberta.ca
http://www.ualberta.ca/~mabbott/


Research and Interests

Marilyn Abbott is interested in the impact of second language learning and teaching strategies on learning outcomes. Her primary area of research concerns how second language reading strategies interact with first language and cultural background to affect test performance. She is also interested in teacher development, pedagogical practices in content area instruction that enhance learning, and issues of equity in access to academic content and assessment of English as a second language learners.


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Representative Publications

Nyugen, H., & Abbott, M.L. (forthcoming). Promoting process-oriented listening instruction in the ESL classroom. TESL Canada Journal.

Fraser, M., & Abbott, M. L. (2016). Using electronic readers: Action research in an intermediate adult ESL class. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 17(2), 3-18.

Rossiter, M. J., Abbott, M. L., & Kushnir, A. (2016). L2 vocabulary research and instructional practices: Where are the gaps? TESL-EJ: The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language, 20(1), 1-25.

Abbott, M. L., Rossiter, M. J., & Hatami, S. (2015). Promoting engagement with peer-reviewed journal articles in adult ESL programs. TESL Canada Journal, 33(1), 80-105.

Bickley, C., Rossiter, M. J., & Abbott, M. L. (2014). Intercultural communicative competence in the ESL classroom. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 60(1), 135-160.

Abbott, M. L., & McQuarrie, L. (2014). Equitable assessment for hearing and deaf English language learners: An investigation of the impact of verbal load on PASS processes. In T. C. Papadopoulos, R. K. Parrila & J. R. Kirby (Eds.), Cognition, intelligence, and achievement: A tribute to J. P. Das (pp. 291-308). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Rossiter, M. J., Abbott, M. L., & Hatami, S. (2013). Enhancing the reading of peer-reviewed research in the teaching English as a second language community. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 59(4), 674-692.

Abbott, M. (2013). What makes reading difficult for EAL students? NALDIC Quarterly, 13(1), 5-14.    

Schwabl, K., Rossiter, M. J., & Abbott, M. L. (2013). University students’ and instructors’ paraphrasing and citation knowledge and practices. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 59(3), 1-19.

McQuarrie, L. M., & Abbott, M. (2013). Bilingual Deaf students’ phonological awareness in ASL and reading skills in English. Sign Language Studies, 14(1), 80-100.

Abbott, M. L. (2013). A review of New Language, New Literacy. TESL Canada Journal, 31(1), 96-99.

Munro, B. J., Abbott, M. L., & Rossiter, M. J. (2013). Getting to the science: Helping English language learners show what they know. Alberta Science Education Journal, 42(3), 34-43.

Munro, B. J., Abbott, M. L., & Rossiter, M. J. (2013). Mentoring for success: Accommodation strategies for ELLs. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 14(3), 22-38.

Abbott, M. L. (2013). A review of Language and Learning in Multilingual Classrooms: A Practical Approach. TESL Canada Journal, 31(1), 96-99.

Abbott, M. L., & Rossiter, M. J. (2011). The professional development of rural ESL instructors: Program administrator and instructor views. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 57(2), 203-218.

Nicholas, B., Rossiter, M. J., & Abbott, M. L. (2011). The power of story in the ESL classroom. Canadian Modern Language Review, 67(2), 247-268.

Abbott, M. L. (2010). An introspective study of Arabic and Mandarin speaker reading comprehension strategies. TESL Canada Journal, 28 (1), 14-40.

Louw, K. J., Derwing, T. M., & Abbott, M. L. (2010). Teaching pragmatics to L2 learners for the workplace: The job interview. Canadian Modern Language Review, 66, 737-755.

Abbott, M. L. (2009). A review of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 19, 207-209.

Abbott, M. (2008). A review of Teaching Second Language Reading. Canadian Modern Language Review, 64, 693-695.

Abbott, M. (2007). A confirmatory approach to differential item functioning on an ESL reading assessment. Language Testing, 24(1), 1-30.

Abbott, M. (2006). ESL reading strategies: Differences in Arabic and Mandarin speaker test performance. Language Learning, 56, 633-670.

Abbott, M. (2006). Standard setting for complex performance assessments: A critical examination of the Analytic Judgment Method. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 52, 25-35.

Abbott, M. (2002). Using music to promote second language learning among adult learners. TESOL Journal, 11, 10-17.

Abbott, M. (2002). A review of "Test Construction and Validation: Case description of constructing and validating a test of English for teaching purposes." Canadian Journal of Education, 27, 475-477. 


Courses Taught

    • Educational Psychology 413 Principles and Practice in Teaching ESL Learners http://www.ualberta.ca/~abbotted/
    • Educational Psychology 413 Principles and Practice in Teaching ESL Learners - Online
    • Educational Psychology 416 Introduction to the Teaching of ESL 
    • Educational Psychology 501 Introduction to Research Methods 
    • Educational Psychology 591 Teaching Reading and Literacy to ESL Learners
    • Educational Psychology 593 ESL Assessment and Evaluation 
    • Educational Psychology 597/697 Content and Language Integrated Learning for ESL Adults
    • Educational Psychology 900 TESL Capping Project