Faculty

Mark D. Johnson

Mark D. Johnson

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Bate 2150
Phone: 252.737.1660
E-Mail: johnsonmark@ecu.edu


About

In his research, Mark Johnson specializes in cognition in second language writing, particularly the role of planning and working memory in written second language production. He is also interested in vocabulary and its role in written language development and second language writing development. Dr. Johnson teaches classes on English language teaching to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and Linguistics. He also serves as the regional representative of the Carolina TESOL organization.

Education

B.A. University of Iowa
M.A. TESOL University of Alabama
Ph.D. Northern Arizona University

Research Interests

Second language writing and second language acquisition
Vocabulary in second language writing

Courses Taught

ENGL 7535: Principles of Language Testing
ENGL 6009: Research Methods in Language Study
LING 4740/ENGL 6531: TESOL: Methods
ENGL 4720/6529: Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers
ENGL 4710/6528: TESOL: Theories and Principles
LING 3750: Introductory Linguistics
ENGL 2710: English Grammar
LING 2700: Introduction to Language Studies
ENGL 2201: Writing about the Disciplines 
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing

Selected Publications

Johnson, M. D. (2018). Teacher decisions in selecting vocabulary for instruction to English language learners. Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Journal of English Language Teaching and Research, 2(1), 22-37. doi: 10.30617/2.1.3


Johnson, M. D. (2017). Improving cohesion in L2 writing: A three-strand approach to building lexical cohesion. English Teaching Forum, 55(4), 2-13.


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., Acevedo, A., & Mercado, L. (2016). Vocabulary knowledge and vocabulary use in L2 writing. TESOL Journal, 7(3), 700-715. 


Johnson, M. D., & Nicodemus, C. (2016). Testing a threshold hypothesis: An approximate replication of Johnson, Mercado, & Acevedo (2012). Language Teaching, 49(02), 251-274. doi: 10.1017/S0261444815000087


Johnson, M. D. (2014). Does planning really help?: Effectiveness of planning in L2 writing. Journal of Second Language Teaching and Research, 3, 107-118.


Johnson, M. D., Acevedo, A., & Mercado, L. (2013). What Vocabulary should we teach? lexical frequency profiles and lexical diversity in second language writing. Writing and Pedagogy, 5(1), 83-103. doi: 10.1558/wap.v4i5.1


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

Invited Workshops and Presentations

Does Planning Really Help? Effectiveness of Planning in L2 Writing. (August 2015). Professional Development Workshop. Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano. Lima, Peru.

Lexical Cohesion in L2 Writing: A Three-Strand Approach. (August 2015). Professional Development Workshop. Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano. Lima, Peru.

Designing writing tasks: What are we writing this for? (July 2012). Faculty Academic English Program, Bilkent University, Bilkent, Turkey.

Conference Presentations

Johnson, M.D. (March, 2018). Task Complexity in L2 Writing. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conference. Chicago, IL.

Johnson, M.D. (November, 2017). Task Complexity and Written Production: An Analysis of the Research. Carolina Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conference. Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Johnson, M.D. (November, 2017). Lexical Cohesion in L2 Writing: A Three-Strand Report. Carolina Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conference. Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Johnson, M.D. (November, 2017). 2017 TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit: A Report. Carolina Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conference. Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Johnson, M. D. (March, 2017). Cognitive Task Complexity and L2 Written Syntactic Complexity, Lexical Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency: A Research Synthesis and Meta-analysis. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference. Portland, OR.

Johnson, M. D. (March, 2017). Lexical Cohesion in L2 Writing: A Three-strand Approach. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conference, Seattle, WA.

Johnson, M. D. (November, 2016). Teacher Decisions in Selecting Vocabulary for English Language Learners. Carolina TESOL Conference, Asheville, NC.

Johnson, M. D. (October, 2016). Syntactic Complexity, Lexical Complexity, and their Relationship to One Another: A Large-scale Analysis of L2 Writers' Essays. Symposium on Second Language Writing. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Nicodemus, C. & Johnson, M. D. (March, 2014). Testing a Threshold Hypothesis: Re-examining the Impact of Pre-task Planning on Writers' Fluency, Grammatical Complexity, and Lexical Complexity. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, Portland, OR.

Johnson, M. D., Acevedo, A., & Mercado, L. (March, 2014). Facets of Vocabulary Knowledge in L2 Writing. Poster session, American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, Portland, OR.

Johnson, M. D., Mercado, L., & Acevedo, A. (May, 2013). Productive Vocabulary Development and Second Language Writing . ELT Horizons Conference, Lima, Peru.

Johnson, M. D., Mercado, L., & Acevedo, A. (March, 2013). Describing L2 Writers' Texts: Patterns of Variance in Lexical Diversity, Lexical Sophistication, and Grammatical Complexity . American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, Dallas, TX.

Johnson, M. D., Mercado, L., & Acevedo, A. (March, 2013). Research Insights into Expanding L2 Writing Vocabulary. TESOL Conference, Dallas, TX.