Biography

Dr. Elvis Wagner explores the teaching and testing of second language oral communicative competence. Currently, his primary research focus is an examination of how second language (L2) listeners process and comprehend unscripted, spontaneous spoken language, and how this type of language differs from the scripted spoken texts learners often encounter in the L2 classroom. He has written and published widely on these issues, including his article “Video Listening Tests: What are They Measuring?”, which won the International Language Testing Association’s “Best Article in Language Testing” award in 2008. Dr. Wagner’s research informs his teaching, both in the TESOL program and in the secondary education world languages program.

Research Interests

  • Assessment
  • Bilingual/Bicultural
  • Language Comprehension/Development

Courses Taught

Number

Name

Level

EDUC 4389

Field Experience

Undergraduate

FLED 5429

Curriculum and Methods in Foreign Languages

Graduate

FLED 5431

Innovations in Foreign Language Education

Graduate

TESL 5611

Applied Language Study I: Phonology and the Lexicon

Graduate

TESL 8644

Current Issues in Applied Linguistics: Advanced Topics in L2 Assessment

Graduate

Selected Publications

  • Liao, Y.F., Wagner, E., & Wagner, S. (2018). Test-Takers’ Attitudes and Beliefs About the Spoken Texts Used in EFL Listening Tests. English Teaching and Learning, 42(3-4), pp. 227-246. doi: 10.1007/s42321-018-0013-5

  • Ockey, G.J. & Wagner, E. (2018). Introduction. In Language Learning and Language Teaching, 50 (pp. 1-10). doi: 10.1075/lllt.50.c1

  • Wagner, E. & Ockey, G.J. (2018). Conclusion. In Language Learning and Language Teaching, 50 (pp. 247-273). doi: 10.1075/lllt.50.c16

  • Wagner, E. (2018). A comparison of L2 listening performance on tests with scripted or authenticated spoken texts. In Language Learning and Language Teaching, 50 (pp. 29-43). doi: 10.1075/lllt.50.03wag

  • Ockey, G.J. & Wagner, E. (2018). An overview of interactive listening as part of the construct of interactive and integrated oral test tasks. In Language Learning and Language Teaching, 50 (pp. 179-192). doi: 10.1075/lllt.50.c12

  • Ockey, G.J. & Wagner, E. (2018). An overview of the issue of using different types of speech varieties as listening inputs in L2 listening assessment. In Language Learning and Language Teaching, 50 (pp. 67-81). doi: 10.1075/lllt.50.c5

  • Wagner, E. & Ockey, G.J. (2018). An overview of the use of audio-visual texts on L2 listening tests. In Language Learning and Language Teaching, 50 (pp. 129-144). doi: 10.1075/lllt.50.c9

  • Wagner, E. & Ockey, G.J. (2018). An overview of the use of authentic, real-world spoken texts on L2 listening tests. In Language Learning and Language Teaching, 50 (pp. 13-28). doi: 10.1075/lllt.50.c2

  • (2018). Assessing L2 Listening: Moving Towards Authenticity. G.J. Ockey & E. Wagner (Eds.). Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

  • Wagner, E. (2018). How Vocabulary Is LearnedStuart Webb and Paul Nation. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xii + 322. TESOL Quarterly. doi: 10.1002/tesq.479

  • Wagner, E. & Toth, P.D. (2016). The role of pronunciation in the assessment of second language listening ability. In Second Language Pronunciation Assessment: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (pp. 72-92). doi: 10.21832/ISAACS6848

  • Wagner, E. (2016). Authentic Texts in the Assessment of L2 Listening Ability. In J.V. Banerjee & D. Tsagari (Eds.), Contemporary Second Language Assessment (pp. 103-123). London, England: Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved from https://www.bloomsbury.com/

  • Mahboob, A., Paltridge, B., Phakiti, A., Wagner, E., Starfield, S., Burns, A., Jones, R.H., & Costa, P.I.D.e. (2016). TESOL Quarterly Research Guidelines. TESOL Quarterly, 50(1), pp. 42-65. doi: 10.1002/tesq.288

  • Wagner, E. & Wagner, S. (2016). Scripted and Unscripted Spoken Texts Used in Listening Tasks on High-Stakes Tests in China, Japan and Taiwan. In V. Aryadoust & J. Fox (Eds.), Trends in Language Assessment Research and Practice: The View from the Middle East and the Pacific Rim (pp. 438-463). Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars. Retrieved from https://www.cambridgescholars.com/

  • Wagner, M.J. (2015). Survey research in applied linguistics. In B. Paltridge & A. Phakiti (Eds.), Research Methods in Applied Linguistics A Practical Resource (pp. 83-89). Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.bloomsbury.com/

  • Wagner, E. & Kunnan, A.J. (2015). The Duolingo English Test. Language Assessment Quarterly, 12(3), pp. 320-331. doi: 10.1080/15434303.2015.1061530

  • Wagner, E. (2014). Using Unscripted Spoken Texts in the Teaching of Second Language Listening. TESOL Journal, 5(2), pp. 288-311. doi: 10.1002/tesj.120

  • Wagner, E. & Toth, P.D. (2014). Teaching and Testing L2 Spanish Listening Using Scripted vs. Unscripted Texts. Foreign Language Annals, 47(3), pp. 404-422. doi: 10.1111/flan.12091