My research centers on  the role of interaction in instructed language learning, among children and among adults, through socio-cognitive perspectives:

1. Peer interaction - how does it complement the role of the teacher?

2. Learner engagement in language classrooms - cognitive, social and emotional - how can we describe it? how can we foster it?

3. The contribution of individual differences in learning through oral interaction (e.g. working memory, language aptitude, motivation, learning preferences)

4.  The role of noticing, the place of corrective feedback, and of learner's output in language development.

5. Task based interaction - how does it work in foreign language settings?


PhD Supervision Interests

child second language acquisition; peer interaction; individual differences and instructed language learning; corrective feedback; learner engagement; task based interaction


Focus on oral interaction

Oliver, R. & Philp, J. 2014 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 162 p. (Oxford Key Concepts for the Language Classroom Series)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook


Peer interaction and second language learning

Philp, J., Adams, R. & Iwashita, N. 6/11/2013 New York: Taylor & Francis.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Classroom interaction and learning opportunities across time and space

Batstone, R. & Philp, J. 2013 Second language interaction in diverse educational contexts. McDonough, K. & Mackey, A. (eds.). 2013: John Benjamins, p. 109-125 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter


Interaction research: What can socially informed approaches offer to cognitivists (and vice versa)?

Philp, J. & Mackey, A. 2010 Sociocognitive perspectives on language use and language learning. Batstone, R. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 210-228 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Peer interaction in the foreign language classroom: what factors foster a focus on form?

Philp, J., Walter, S. & Basturkmen, H. 2010 In: Language Awareness. 19, 4, p. 261-279 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Language acquisition in foreign language contexts and the differential benefits of interaction

Philp, J. & Tognini, R. 10/2009 In: International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Testing. 47, 3-4, p. 245-266 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Second language acquisition and the young learner: child's play?

Philp, J. (ed.), Oliver, R. (ed.) & Mackey, A. (ed.) 2008 Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 334 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook


The impact of planning time on children's task-based interactions

Philp, J., Oliver, R. & Mackey, A. 12/2006 In: System. 34, 4, p. 547-565 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Conversational interaction and second language development: recasts, responses, and red herrings?

Mackey, A. & Philp, J. 1998 In: Modern Language Journal. 82, 3, p. 338-356 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article



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