Edited volume

Isaacs, T., & Trofimovich, P. (Eds.). (2017). Second language pronunciation assessment: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters. [Open Access Link]


Refereed journal articles

Crowther, D., Trofimovich, P., Saito, K., & Isaacs, T. (in press). Linguistic dimensions of L2 accentedness and comprehensibility vary across speaking tasks. Studies in Second Language Acquisition. Advance access article published in 2017. [Download]

Isaacs, T., Trofimovich, P., & Foote, J. A. (in press). Developing a user-oriented second language comprehensibility scale for English-medium universities. Language TestingAdvance access article published in 2017. [Download] [Rating scale & instructions]

Park, A. Y., Isaacs, T., & Woodfield, H. (in press). A comparison of the effect of extensive and intensive reading approaches on the vocabulary development of Korean secondary EFL learners. Applied Linguistics ReviewAdvance access article published in 2017. [Link]

Isaacs, T., & Harding, L. (2017). Pronunciation assessment. Language Teaching, 50, 347–366. [Download]

Saito, K., Trofimovich, P., & Isaacs, T. (2017). Using listener judgements to investigate linguistic influences on L2 comprehensibility and accentedness: A validation and generalization study. Applied Linguistics, 38​, 439-462. [Download

Crowther, D., Trofimovich, P., & Isaacs, T. (2016). Linguistic dimensions of second language accent and comprehensibility: Nonnative listeners' perspectives. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation2, 160–182. [Download]

Baird, J-A., Johnson, S., Hopfenbeck, T. N., Isaacs, T., Sprague, T., Stobart, G., & Yu, G. (2016). On the supranational spell of PISA in policy. Educational Research, 58​, 121–138. [Download
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Edwards, L.*, Rooshenas, L., & Isaacs, T.* (2016). Inclusion of ethnic minorities in telehealth trials for type 2 diabetes: Protocol for a systematic review examining prevalence and language issues. JMIR Research Protocols​, 5, e43. [Download]
NOTE: * designates equal authorship 

Isaacs, T.*, Hunt, D.*, Ward, D., Rooshenas, L., & Edwards, L. (2016). The inclusion of ethnic minority patients and the role of language in telehealth trials for Type 2 diabetes: A systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research18, e256. [Download]
NOTE: * designates equal authorship 

Saito, K., Trofimovich, P., & Isaacs, T. (2016). Second language speech production: Investigating linguistic correlates of comprehensibility and accentedness for learners at different ability levels. Applied Psycholinguistics, 37, 217–240. [Download]

Saito, K., Webb, S., Trofimovich, P., & Isaacs, T. (2016). Lexical correlates of comprehensibility versus accentedness in second language speech. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19, 597–609. [Download]

Saito, K., Webb, S., Trofimovich, P., & Isaacs, T. (2016). Lexical profiles of comprehensible second language speech: The role of appropriateness, fluency, variation, sophistication, abstractness and sense relations. Studies in Second Language Acquisition38, 677-701. [Download]

Trofimovich, P., Isaacs, T., Kennedy, S., Saito, K., & Crowther, D. (2016). Flawed self-assessment: Investigating self- and other-perception of second language speech. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition​, 19, 122–140. [Download]

Crowther, D., Trofimovich, P., Saito, K., & Isaacs, T. (2015). Second language comprehensibility revisited: Investigating the effects of learner background. TESOL Quarterly, 49, 814–837. [Download]

Crowther, D., Trofimovich, P., Isaacs, T., & Saito, K. (2015). Does a speaking task affect second language comprehensibility? Modern Language Journal99, 80–95. [Download]

Isaacs, T., & Thomson, R. I. (2013). Rater experience, rating scale length, and judgments of L2 pronunciation: Revisiting research conventions. Language Assessment Quarterly, 10, 135–159. [Download]

Trofimovich, P. & Isaacs, T. (2012). Disentangling L2 comprehensibility from accentedness. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 15, 905–916. [Download]

Isaacs, T., & Trofimovich, P. (2012). “Deconstructing” comprehensibility: Identifying the linguistic influences on listeners’ L2 comprehensibility ratings. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 34, 475–505. [Download]

Isaacs, T., Laurier, M. D., Turner, C. E., & Segalowitz, N. (2011). Identifying second language speech tasks and ability levels for successful nurse oral interaction with patients in a linguistic minority setting: An instrument development project. Health Communication, 26, 560–570. [Link]

Isaacs, T., & Trofimovich, P. (2011). Phonological memory, attention control, and musical ability: Effects of individual differences on rater judgments of second language speech. Applied Psycholinguistics, 32, 113–140. [Download]

Isaacs, T., & Trofimovich, P. (2010). Falling on sensitive ears? The influence of musical ability on extreme raters’ judgments of L2 pronunciation. TESOL Quarterly, 44, 375–386. [Download]

Isaacs, T. (2009). Integrating form and meaning in L2 pronunciation instruction. TESL Canada Journal, 27, 1–12. [Download]

Thomson, R. I., & Isaacs, T. (2009). Within-category variation in L2 English vowel learning. Canadian Acoustics, 37, 138–139. [Download]

Isaacs, T. (2008). Towards defining a valid assessment criterion of pronunciation proficiency in non-native English speaking graduate students. Canadian Modern Language Review, 64, 555–580. [Download]​​

Isaacs, T. (2006). Never say never: The case for Iraqi Judeo-Arabic. International Journal of Inclusive Education10, 395–414. [Download]


Refereed book chapters


Isaacs, T. (in press). Fully automated speaking assessment: Changes to proficiency testing and the role of pronunciation. In O. Kang, R. I. Thomson, & J. Murphy (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of English pronunciation. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.


Kim, H., & Isaacs, T. (accepted). Teachers’ voices in the decision to discontinue a public examination reform: Washback effects and implications for utilizing tests as levers for change. In D. Xerri & P. Vella Briffa (Eds.), Teacher involvement in high stakes language testing. Berlin: Springer. 


Isaacs, T. & Trofimovich, P. (2017). Key themes, constructs, and interdisciplinary perspectives in second language pronunciation assessment. In T. Isaacs & P. Trofimovich (Eds.), Second language pronunciation assessment: Interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 3–11). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters. [Download]


Saito, K., Trofimovich, P., Isaacs, T., & Webb, S. (2017). Re-examining phonological and lexical correlates of second language comprehensibility: The role of rater experience. In T. Isaacs & P. Trofimovich (Eds.), Second language pronunciation assessment: Interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 131–146). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters. [Download]


Trofimovich, P. & Isaacs, T. (2017). L2 pronunciation assessment: A look at the present and the future. In T. Isaacs & P. Trofimovich (Eds.), Second language pronunciation assessment: Interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 259–271). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters. [Download]


Isaacs, T. (2016). Assessing speaking. In D. Tsagari & J. Banerjee (Eds.), Handbook of second language assessment (pp. 131–146). Berlin: DeGruyter Mouton. [Download]

Isaacs, T. (2014). Assessing pronunciation. In A. J. Kunnan (Ed.), The companion to language assessment (Vol. 1, pp.140–155). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
 [Download]

Isaacs, T. (2013). International engineering graduate students’ interactional patterns on a paired speaking test: Interlocutors’ perspectives. In K. McDonough, & A. Mackey (Eds.), Interaction in diverse educational settings (pp. 227–246). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [Download]

Isaacs, T. (2013). Phonology: Mixed methods. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics (Vol. 7, pp. 4427–4434). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
 [Download]


Research reports

Yu, G., He, L., & Isaacs, T. (2017). The cognitive processes of taking IELTS Academic writing task one: An eye-tracking study. IELTS research reports online series, 2. [Download]

Isaacs, T. (2016). Automated assessment of speaking: Literature review on automated rating technology for speaking tests. Unpublished internal report for the British Council. 

Isaacs, T., Trofimovich, P., Yu, G., & Chereau, B. M. (2015). Examining the linguistic aspects of speech that most efficiently discriminate between upper levels of the revised IELTS pronunciation scale. IELTS research reports online series, 4. [Download]


Baird, J.-A., Isaacs, T., Johnson, S., Stobart, G., Yu, G., Sprague, T., & Daugherty, R. (2011). Policy effects of PISA. Pearson UK. [Download]

Book reviews
Isaacs, T. (2016). Review of [Pronunciation fundamentals: Evidence-based perspectives for L2 teaching and research] by T. M. Derwing & M. J. Munro. Speak Out!54., 52–56 [Download]

Isaacs, T. (2012). Review of [Teaching and learning second language listening: Metacognition in action] by L. Vandergrift & C. M. Goh. Canadian Modern Language Review68, 349–351. [Download]

Isaacs, T. (2012). Review of [English phonology and pronunciation teaching] by P. Rogerson-Revell. BAAL News102, 15–17. [Download]​


Isaacs, T. (2008). Review of [The defence of French: A language in crisis?] by R. Adamson. Canadian Modern Language Review, 64, 526–528. [Download]

​Research protocols, proceedings, published abstracts
Isaacs, T., Hunt, D., Ward, D., Rooshenas, L., & Edwards, L. (2017). Optimising the recruitment of underrepresented ethnic minority patients to telehealth diabetes trials: Examining the role of language and research reporting practices. Trials, 18(Suppl 1):1902, 117–118. [Download]

Edwards, L., Hunt, D., Rooshenas, L., Ward, D., & Isaacs, T. (2015). Inclusion of ethnic minorities in telehealth trials for Type 2 diabetes: A systematic review examining prevalence and language issues. PROSPERO CRD 42015024899. [Download]

Isaacs, T. (2013). Pronunciation. Cambridge English centenary symposium on speaking assessment (pp. 13–15). Cambridge: Cambridge English Language Assessment. [Download]

Thomson, R. I., & Isaacs, T. (2009). Lexical frequency, orthographic information, and first-language effects on second-language pronunciation. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125, 2752. [Download]


Isaacs, T. (2008). IELTS award news. In University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (Ed.), Research Notes, 31 (pp. 35–36). Cambridge: University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. [Download]


Media articles and research briefings
Isaacs, T. & Trofimovich, P. (2016). Publication of Multilingual Matters’ first open access book: A milestone for pronunciation assessment. Channel View Publications/Multilingual Matters blog. [Link]

Isaacs, T., Crowther, D., Trofimovich, P., & Saito, K. (2014). Learning to speak English? Making yourself understood isn’t all about the accent. The Conversation. [Link]​

Isaacs, T., Crowther, D., Trofimovich, P., & Saito, K. (2014). Effects of international students' first language backgrounds on their speech
productions. Graduate School of Education Research Briefing28. [
Download]​


Conference dissemination and invited talks (since 2014)

IIsaacs, T. (2017, October). Contemporary debates in language testing: Standards, the native speaker, and the role of our professional association​. Lancaster University, UK.

Crowther, D., Trofimovich, P., Saito, K., & Isaacs, T. (2017, September). Linguistic dimensions of L2 accentedness and comprehensibility vary across speaking tasks. Poster presentation at the Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) Conference, Salt Lake City, US.

Isaacs, T., Demjen, Z., Stevenson, F., & Murdoch, J. (2017, June). What does it take to understand? A text-based analysis of the language demands of English-medium ethical materials provided to patients in randomized controlled trials. International Conference on Communication,
Medicine and Ethics (COMET), Indianapolis, US.


Isaacs, T., Hunt, D., Ward, D., Rooshenas, L., & Edwards, L. (2017, May). Optimising the recruitment of underrepresented ethnic minority patients to telehealth diabetes trials: Examining the role of language and research reporting practices. Poster presentation at the joint Society for Clinical Trials and International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference (SCT/ICTMC), Liverpool, UK. [Abstract]

Isaacs, T. (2017, January). Invited roundtable on language, culture, and mental health. Inaugural meeting of the Linguistic and cultural strategies (LINCS) for effective mental healthcare International Research Consortium, Montreal, Canada. 

Isaacs, T. (2016, December). Redressing the balance in the native speaker debate: Assessment standards, standard language, and exposing double standards. Tel Aviv University, Israel. 

Isaacs, T. (2016, August). Why using the term “native speaker” should not be demonized: Reflections on assessment standards and political correctness run amok. Symposium presentation on uses of the term ‘native speaker’ in second language research. European second Language Acquisition (EuroSLA) conference, Jyväskylä, Finland. [Abstract]

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Isaacs, T. (2016, August). On the limitations of a universal framework for L2 pronunciation: Evidence from rating scale validation research. University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Isaacs, T. (2016, June). Changes to the panorama of second language speaking proficiency assessment and practical considerations. St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. 

Isaacs, T. (2016, June). Why modelling pronunciation descriptors in an empirically-based universal framework (or even just sticking to one target language) is such a challenge. University College London Institute of Education. [Abstract]

Appel, R., Trofimovich, P., Saito, K. Webb, S., & Isaacs. T. (2016, May). Comprehensibility and nativelikeness from the perspective of naïve L1 English raters. CAAL, Calgary, AB, Canada.

Isaacs, T. (2015, November). Consulting “expert” teachers to develop and validate pronunciation-relevant rating scales in high- and low-stakes settings. Invited talk at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Isaacs, T. (2015, November). Rating learners’ oral performance: Understanding sources of variation and principles of best practice. Invited workshop at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.


Crowther, D., Trofimovich, P., & Isaacs, T. (2015, October). The perception of second language English speech by nonnative listeners: The effect of first language background. PSLLT conference, Dallas, Texas, USA.

Isaacs, T. (2015, May). Principles and practice in assessing speaking: Beyond reticence to target “ear and tongue skills.” Invited workshop at the Asian Association for Language Assessment Conference, Bangkok, Thailand. [Abstract]

Isaacs, T. (2015, May). Perceptions and ratings of lay listeners, teachers, and examiners in L2 pronunciation scale development and validation. Invited keynote at the Asian Association for Language Assessment Conference, Bangkok, Thailand. [
Abstract]

Isaacs, T., & Turner, C. E. (2015, March). Aligning teaching, learning, and assessment in EAP instruction? Stakeholders’ views, external influences, and researchers’ perspectives. Language Testing Research Colloquium, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Isaacs, T., Trofimovich, P., Yu, G., & Chereau, B. M. (2015, March). Examining the linguistic aspects of speech that most efficiently discriminate between upper levels of the revised IELTS pronunciation scale. Joint conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and the Association Canadienne de Linguistique Appliquée/Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Isaacs, T., & Yu, G. (2014, November). ALTE course in productive skills: Assessing speaking and writing. Invited workshop instructed for the Association of Language Testers in Europe (consultancy), Sèvres, France. [Workshop program]

Isaacs, T., Trofimovich, P., Saito, K., Crowther, D., & Foote, J. (2014, September). Beyond the "armchair" method of rating scale construction: Validating an empirically-derived L2 comprehensibility scale. Paper presented at the European Second Language Acquisition conference, York, UK.

Isaacs, T., Trofimovich, P., Crowther, D., Saito, K., & Foote, J. (2014, June). Modelling comprehensibility in an oral production scale for L2 learners of English: Which linguistic factors generalize across L1s? Plenary presented at the Language Testing Research Colloquium, Amsterdam, Netherlands.[Abstract]
Crowther, D., Trofimovich, P., Isaacs, T., & Saito, K. (2014, May). Differentiating accent from comprehensibility: The importance of learner background. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics conference, St. Catharines, Canada.

Crowther, D., Trofimovich, P., Saito, K., & Isaacs, T. (2014, March). L2 comprehensibility revisited: Investigating the effects of learner background and speaking task. Paper presented at the American Association of Applied Linguistics conference, Portland, USA.

Trofimovich, P., Saito, K., & Isaacs, T. (2014, March). Comprehensibility versus accent: Using global listener ratings to investigate phonological, lexical, and grammatical influences on L2 speech. Paper presented at the American Association of Applied Linguistics conference, Portland, USA.











Publications

Talia Isaacs, PhD​