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Dr Mark D. Johnson

Education: PhD in Applied Linguistics & TESOL

Affiliation: East Carolina University, USA


Department of English

East Carolina University

2150 Bate Building

Greenville, NC 27858


Phone: +1-252-737-1660






Mark D. Johnson, Ph.D., is associate professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics at East Carolina University, where he teaches second language acquisition, research methods, and language assessment courses for teachers of English as a second language. His research interests focus on how teachers may improve students' second language writing performance and include task-based language teaching and second language writing and the effect of planning on second language writing as well as range and development of vocabulary in second language writing.

Selected Publications

Johnson, M. D. (forthcoming). Task complexity studies. In R. M. Manchón & C. Polio (Eds.), Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Writing. Routledge.
Johnson, M. D. (forthcoming). Cognitive task complexity in L2 writing. In C. Coombe & H. Mohebbi (Eds.), Research questions in language education: A reference guide for teachers. Springer.
Johnson, M. D. (2020). Research timeline: Planning in L1 and L2 writing: Working memory, process, and product. Language Teaching, 53(4), 433-445. doi: 10.1017/S0261444820000191
Johnson, M. D. (2017). Cognitive task complexity and L2 written syntactic complexity, lexical complexity, accuracy, and fluency: A research synthesis and meta-analysis. Journal of Second Language Writing, 37, 13-38. doi: 10.1016/j.jslw.2017.06.001
Johnson, M. D., Mercado, L., & Acevedo, A. (2012). The effect of planning sub-processes on L2 writing fluency, grammatical complexity, and lexical complexity. Journal of Second Language Writing, 21, 264-282. doi: 10.1016/j.jslw.2012.05.011