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A second edition of this title is now available for purchase!

Please visit the website to this new edition here.

This is the companion website for A Guide to Doing Statistics in Second Language Research Using SPSS. This valuable book shows second language researchers how to use the statistical program SPSS to conduct statistical tests frequently done in SLA research. Using data sets from real SLA studies, A Guide to Doing Statistics in Second Language Research Using SPSS shows newcomers to both statistics and SPSS how to generate descriptive statistics, how to choose a statistical test, and how to conduct and interpret a variety of basic statistical tests.

Features of this website

  • SPSS Data Sets: raw data used to complete exercises in book
  • Figures: Color versions of Figs 7.5, 8.8, 11.3, 12.6 in book
  • Answers to Application Activities in SPSS book
  • Useful Websites
  • NEW! A Guide to Doing Statistics in Second Language Research Using R: downloadable PDF’s to be used with SPSS book 
  • NEW! R Data Sets: raw data used to complete exercises in R guide
  • NEW! Answers to Application Activities in R guide


“This book combines a wealth of innovations for the applied linguist who wants to learn (more) about statistics: from the fresh thinking about statistics itself and the numerous helpful graphs to thorough illustrations from current research in various areas of applied linguistics and, most importantly, topics, techniques, and exercises designed with the applied linguist in mind.”
-Robert DeKeyser, University of Maryland, USA

“I wish this book had been available when I was a graduate student – and I will certainly recommend it to the statistics instructors and the TESL students in my department. Larson-Hall has produced an extremely clear introduction to the statistical measures most often used in applied linguistics, and has explained in careful detail how to conduct these measures using SPSS. Using this text is like having a helpful friend sitting beside you in the computer lab, although few friends are likely to be as perspicacious regarding effect sizes, confidence intervals, and statistical significance.”
-Tracey M. Derwing, University of Alberta, Canada

“This is the statistics book I have been waiting a long time for—one that not only explains which tests to run in particular circumstances, but also shows exactly how to do this in SPSS with detailed, step-by-step instructions and clear and copious illustrations. At another level, it is a book about how to use quantitative evidence to answer questions and test hypotheses related to second language acquisition. It is well-suited not only as a reference manual, but also as a textbook, since it allows students to develop further their own ability to apply key principles and techniques of quantitative analysis.”
-Scott Jarvis, Ohio University, USA

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