The Editor and Board of Language Teaching are pleased to announce that there were two tied winners of the 2011 Christopher Brumfit thesis award: Dr. Cecilia Guanfang Zhao and Dr Catherine van Beuningen. Both theses were selected by an external panel of judges based on their significance to the field of second language acquisition, second or foreign language learning and teaching, originality and creativity and quality of presentation. This year’s runner-up was Dr Rebecca Sachs, whose work was singled out for praise as ‘an exceptional thesis, which clearly involved an immense amount of work in its conceptualization, implementation and analysis.’
The annual Christopher Brumfit Thesis Award commemorates the work of one of the world’s most renowned applied linguists and one of Language Teaching’s most active contributors. Since 2008, the award has recognized doctoral thesis research that makes a significant and original contribution to the field of Second Language Acquisition and/or foreign/second language teaching and learning. Previous winners of the prize include Irina Elgort, Andrea Borbély Hellman, Okim Kang and Susan Mary Macqueen.
Applications for the award are open from November each year, and examiners pay particular attention in any submission to a number of categories including significance to the field, originality and creativity, presentation, use of the background literature, methods of enquiry, analysis of data and the discussion of the outcomes.
In subsequent posts we will be profiling the work of all three prize winners and providing an insight into what made them prize-winning pieces of work.
Friday 3rd August – Dr Catherine van Beuningen ‘The effectiveness of comprehensive corrective feedback in second language writing’
Friday 10th August – Dr Rebecca Sachs ‘Individual differences and the effectiveness of visual feedback on reflexive binding in L2 Japanese’