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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 assistant 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. A recent publication (Johnson & Nicodemus, 2016) examines the effect of planning on first language writers' performance, comparing it to the effect noted in his previous research among second language writers (Johnson, Mercado, & Acevedo, 2012).

Selected Publications

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