About Dr Marie Stevenson

When Marie was traveling around Europe, she discovered that she loved learning languages. This led her to learn Dutch and to study linguistics at the University of Amsterdam, and also inspired her to become a teacher of English as a foreign language. Through these experiences, Marie developed a keen interest in doing research in the area of language learning. She is driven by a desire to find out more about how the first language and culture influence second language learners and second language learning.

Marie Stevenson main research area is second language writing and reading. She has keen research interests in the areas of cognitive processes, discourse, grammar, and literacy.

Marie is a lecturer in TESOL in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. She teaches postgraduate units in the areas of grammar, literacy and methodology of language teaching. She has supervised masters and doctoral research projects in areas such as L2 speaking processes, bilingualism and writing, L2 reading processes, grammar problems of L2 learners, and L2 pronunciation errors in spoken texts. Marie has published in journals, such as Language Learning, Journal of Second Language Writing, and International Journal of Bilingualism. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Writing Research. Marie completed her PhD. at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam. Her thesis examined the reading and writing processes of Dutch high school students in Dutch and English. She also has completed undergraduate degrees in both linguistics and psychology. She is currently undertaking research in the area of academic writing.  Marie also has considerable experience as a language teacher. She spent a number of years in the Netherlands co-ordinating and teaching courses in general English, business English and academic writing. She taught English for academic purposes at the Graduate School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Amsterdam. In the Australian context, she has also taught both general and academic English to students of mixed language backgrounds.

Selected publications

Articles Stevenson, M., Schoonen, R., & de Glopper, K. (2006). Revising in two languages: A multi-dimensional comparison of on-line writing revisions in L1 and FL, Journal of Second Language  Writing, 15(3), 159-187. Stevenson, M., Schoonen, R., & de Glopper, K. (2003). Inhibition or Compensation? A multi-dimensional comparison of reading processes in Dutch and English. Language Learning, 53(4),  765-815. Schoonen, R., Gelderen, A. van, Glopper, K. de, Hulstijn, J., Simis, A., Snellings, P.,& Stevenson, M. (2003). First language and second language writing: the role of linguistic knowledge, speed of processing and metacognitive knowledge. Language Learning, 53(1), 165-202.van Gelderen, A., Schoonen, R., de Glopper, K., Hulstijn, J., Simis, A., Snellings, P.,& Stevenson, M. (2004). Linguistic knowledge, processing speed and metacognitive knowledge in first and second language reading comprehension: A componential analysis. Journal of  Educational Psychology, 96(1), 19-30.
 van Gelderen, A., Schoonen, R., de Glopper, K., Hulstijn, J., Simis, A. Snellings, P. & Stevenson, M. (2003). Roles of linguistic knowledge, metacognitive knowledge and processing speed in L3, L2 and L1 reading comprehension; a structural equation modelling approach. International Journal of Bilingualism, 6(1), 7-25. Book chaptersSchoonen, R., Gelderen, A. van, Glopper, K. de, Hulstijn, J., Simis, A., Snellings, P.,& Stevenson, M. (2002). Linguistic knowledge, metacognitive knowledge and retrieval speed in  L1, L2 and EFL writing. In  S. Ransdell & M.  Barbier (Eds.), New directions for research in L2 writing (pp. 101-122). Dordrecht:  Kluwer Academic Publishers.Lindgren, E., Stevenson, M., & Sullivan, K.P.H. (2008). Supporting the reflective language learner with Computer Keystroke Logging, in Zhang & Barber (Eds). Handbook of Research on Computer-Enhanced Language Acquisition and Learning,  IGI Global publication.   Schoonen, R., Snellings, P., Stevenson, M., & van Gelderen. A. (in press). Towards a blueprint of the foreign language writer: The linguistic and cognitive demands of foreign language writing in R.M. Manchón (Ed.), Learning, teaching, and researching writing in foreign language contexts. (Chapter 4). Multilingual Matters Paltridge, B., Harbon, L., Hirsh, D., Shen, H., Stevenson, M., Phakiti, A & Woodrow, L (in press). Teaching Academic Writing, University of Michigan Press.