Research Methods in the Study of Influencing Factors on L2 Writing Performance

Li-fang ZHAI


This paper is a review of the research methods adopted by the ten studies centering on the same topic: influencing factors on second language writing performance. It aims to shed some insight for researchers who will conduct similar studies on second language writing and provide them the research methods to use. The research methods employed by the studies are mainly examined from the types of research (or research design), number of participants investigated, and instruments for data collection and data analysis. Recommendations for future studies, especially for the improvement of research methods are provided.
Key words: L2 writing performance, influencing factors, research methods, types of research, participants, instruments
Résumé: Cette mémoire est une révision des méthodes de recherche adoptés par les dix études centrant sur le même thème : les facteurs d’influence sur la performance d’écriture de la seconde langue. Elle tente de proposer des idées pour les chercheurs qui conduiront les études similaires sur l’écriture de la seconde langue et de leur donner les méthodes de recherche à utiliser. Les méthodes de recherche employés par les études sont surtout examinés des types de recherche(ou conception de recherche), du nombre des participants étudiés, des instruments pour la collection des données et l’analyse des données. Sont données les recommandations pour les études futures, spécialement pour l’amélioration des méthodes de recherche.
Mots-Clés: performance de l’écriture de la seconde langue, facteurs d’influence, méthodes de recherché, types de recherché, participants, instruments

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