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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Department of English

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Mark D. Johnson

Mark D. Johnson
Assistant Professor

Office: Bate 2150
Phone: 252.737.1660

Mark Johnson'sresearch interests include cognition in second language writing, specifically the role of planning and working memory in written language production, as well as vocabulary and its role in second language writing performance.


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

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
Second language writing and second language acquisition
Vocabulary in second language writing

Courses Taught
ENGL 4710: Teaching English as a SecondLanguage: Theories and Principles
ENGL 7535: Principles of Language Testing

Selected Publications and Presentations

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.a

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