Indiana University Bloomington
Department of Second Language Studies  
English: Second Language Studies  

Meet the Faculty

Yucel Yilmaz


Contact Information

office: Memorial Hall 303

Research Interests

Second language instruction, negative feedback, computer-mediated communication and instruction, task-based language teaching, individual differences in second language acquisition, explicit and implicit learning processes.

Personal Statement

My research has focused on the effects of different instructional conditions, as well as on various factors that may moderate such effects. More specifically, my research has addressed topics such as implicit and explicit learning conditions, task-based language teaching, computer-mediated communication and instruction, and individual differences in second language acquisition. In my dissertation, I investigated whether dyads of learners carrying out computer-mediated language tasks displayed any differences in the way they paid attention to formal aspects of language as a function of task type. The research program that I started to pursue after my dissertation focused on the role of a specific instructional technique, i.e., negative feedback. Using experimental designs, I have investigated questions such as whether the effectiveness of feedback depends on communication mode or linguistic structure, and whether different feedback types differentially affect acquisition. I have also been interested in the question of whether there is a relationship between learners' cognitive abilities and the extent to which they benefit from feedback. Currently, I am carrying out a pilot study comparing the extent to which learners benefit from two feedback types: feedback on their own errors and feedback on their peers' errors.


Yilmaz, Y. (2013). The role of working memory capacity and language analytic ability in the effectiveness of explicit correction and recasts. Applied Linguistics.

Yilmaz, Y. (2013). The relative effectiveness of mixed, explicit and implicit feedback. System, 41(3), 691-705.

Goo, J., Grañena, G., Yilmaz, Y., & Novella M. (invited, 2013). Implicit and explicit instruction in L2 learning: Norris & Ortega (2000) revisited and updated. In P. Rebuschat (Ed.), Implicit and explicit learning of languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Yilmaz, Y. (2012). The relative effects of explicit correction and recasts on two target structures via two communication modes. Language Learning, 62 (4).

Yilmaz, Y., & Yuksel, D. (2011). Effects of communication mode and salience on recasts: A first exposure study. Language Teaching Research, 15, 457-477.

Yilmaz, Y. (2011). Task effects on focus on form in synchronous computer-mediated communication. The Modern Language Journal, 95 (1), 115-132.

Yilmaz, Y. & Grañena, G. (2010). The effects of task type in synchronous computer-mediated communication. ReCALL Journal, 22 (1), 20-38.