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Pavel Trofimovich

Professor, Education

Pavel Trofimovich
Office: S-FG 6145 
Faubourg Ste-Catherine Building,
1610 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2448
Website(s): Pavel Trofimovich website

Pavel Trofimovich is Professor of Applied Linguistics. His research focuses on cognitive aspects of second language processing, second language speech learning, sociolinguistic aspects of second language acquisition, and the teaching of second language pronunciation.


PhD (Educational Psychology/Applied Linguistics), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
MA (Teaching English as an International Language), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998
BA (English Philology), University of Latvia, 1996

Professional experience

Professor of Applied Linguistics, Concordia University, 2015 – present
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, Concordia University, 2008 –2015
Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, Concordia University, 2003 –2008

Editorial experience

Journal Editor, Language Learning (2015-2019)
Associate Journal Editor, Language Learning (2012-2015)

Recent publications


Isaacs,T., & Trofimovich, P. (Eds.). (2017). Second language pronunciationassessment: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Bristol, UK: MultilingualMatters. [publisher's site]

Refereed Journal Articles

Kennedy, S., & Trofimovich, P. (in press, 2020). Comprehensibility: A useful tool to explore listener understanding. Canadian Modern Language Review.

McDonough, K., Trofimovich, P., Lu, L., & Abashidze, D. (in press, 2020). Visual cues during interaction: Are recasts different from noncorrective repetition? Second Language Research.

Trofimovich, P., & Turuševa, L. (in press, 2020). Language attitudes and ethnic identity: Examining listener perceptions of Latvian-Russian bilingual speakers. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.

Trofimovich, P., McDonough, K., Dao, P., & Abashidze, D. (2019). Attitudinal bias, individual differences, and second language speakers’ interactional performance. Applied Linguistics Review. Published online 14 June 2019.

McDonough, K., Trofimovich, P., Lu, L., & Abashidze, D. (2019). The occurrence and perception of listener visual cues during nonunderstanding episodes. Studies in Second Language Acquisition. Published online 14 May 2019.

Appel, R., Trofimovich, P., Saito, K., Isaacs, T., & Webb, S. (2019). Lexical aspects of comprehensibility and nativeness from the perspective of native-speaking English raters. ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 170, 24–52.

Taylor Reid, K., Trofimovich, P., & O’Brien, M. (2019). Social attitudes and speech ratings: Effects of positive and negative bias on multiage listeners’ judgments of second language speech. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 41, 419-442.

Nagle, C., Trofimovich, P., & Bergeron, A. (2019). Toward a dynamic view of second language comprehensibility. Studies in Second Language Acquisition. Published online 12 March 2019.

Strachan, L., Kennedy, S., & Trofimovich, P. (2019). Second language speakers’ awareness of their own comprehensibility: Examining task repetition and self-assessment. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation. Published online 14 March 2019.

Strachan, L., & Trofimovich,P. (2019). Now you hear it, now you don’t: Perception of English regular past–ed in naturalistic input. Canadian Modern Language Review. Published online 22 February 2019.

McDonough, K., Trofimovich, P., Dao, P., & Abashidze, D. (2018). Eye gaze and L2 speakers’ responses to recasts: A systematic replication study of McDonough, Crowther, Kielstra, and Trofimovich (2015). Language Teaching. Published online 18 December 2018.

Dao, P., Trofimovich, P., & Kennedy, S. (2018). Structural alignment in L2 task-based interaction. ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics169, 293320.

Kartchava, E., Gatbonton, E., Ammar, A., & Trofimovich, P. (2018). Oral corrective feedback: Pre-service English as a second language teachers’ beliefs and practices. Language Teaching Research. Published online 13 July 2018.

Foote, J., & Trofimovich, P. (2018). Is it because of my language background? A study of language background influence on comprehensibility judgments. Canadian Modern Language Review74, 253278

Cerreta, S., & Trofimovich, P. (2018). Engaging the senses: A sensory-based approach for L2 pronunciation instruction to actors. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation4, 4672.

Crowther, D., Trofimovich, P., Isaacs, T., & Saito, K. (2018). Linguistic dimensions of L2 accentedness and comprehensibility vary across speaking tasks. Studies in Second Language Acquisition40, 443457

Isaacs, T., Trofimovich, P., & Foote, J. A. (2018). Developing a user-oriented second language comprehensibility scale for English-medium universities. Language Testing35, 193-216. [journal site] [scale materials OSF] [scale materials IRIS] [scale materials TESOL Resource Center]

Taylor Reid, K., & Trofimovich, P. (2018). Exploring the influence of community volunteerism on adult L2 learners’ willingness to communicate. System74, 73-86. [journal site]

McDonough, K., Trofimovich, P., & Dao, P., & Dion, A. (2017). Eye gaze and production accuracy predict English L2 speakers’ morphosyntactic learning. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 39, 851-868. [journal site]

Trofimovich, P., Kennedy, S., & Blanchet, J. (2017). Development of L2 French oral skills in an instructed setting: A focus on speech ratings. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics20, 32-50. [open access]

Bergeron, A., & Trofimovich, P. (2017). Linguistic dimensions of accentenedness and comprehensibility: Exploring task and listener effects in second language French. Foreign Language Annals50, 547-566. [journal site]

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 Linguistics38, 439-462. [journal site]

Appel, R., & Trofimovich, P. (2017). Transitional probability predicts native and non-native use of formulaic sequences. International Journal of Applied Linguistics27, 24-43 [journal site]

Clark, J., & Trofimovich, P. (2016). L2 vocabulary teaching with student- and teacher-generated gestures: A classroom perspective. TESL Canada Journal34,1-24. [open access]

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. [journal site]

Kennedy, S., & Trofimovich, P. (2016). Research timeline: Second language communication strategies. Language Teaching49, 494–512. [journal site]

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. doi:10.1075/jslp.2.2.02cro [journal site]

McDonough, K., & Trofimovich, P. (2016). The role of statistical learning and working memory in L2 speakers’ pattern learning. The Modern Language Journal, 100, 428-445. doi:10.1111/modl.12331 [journal site]

Foote, J. A., & Trofimovich, P. (2016). A multidimensional scaling study of native and non-native listeners’ perception of second language speech. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 122, 470-489. doi:10.1177/0031512516636528 [journal site]

Trofimovich, P. (2016). Interactive alignment: A teaching-friendly view of second language pronunciation learning. Language Teaching49, 411-422. doi:10.1017/S0261444813000360 [journal site]

Saito, K., Webb, S., Trofimovich, P., & Isaacs, T. (2016). Lexical correlates of comprehensibility versus accentedness in second language speech. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition19, 597-609. doi:10.1017/S1366728915000255 [journal site]

Foote, J. A., Trofimovich, P., Collins, L., & Soler Urzúa, F. (2013). Pronunciation teaching practices in communicative ESL classes. The Language Learning Journal, 44, 181-196. doi:10.1080/09571736.2013.784345 [journal site]

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 Cognition19, 122-140. doi:10.1017/S1366728914000832 [journal site]

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 Psycholinguistics37, 217-240. doi:10.1017/S0142716414000502 [journal site]

Teaching activities


  • Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • Psycholinguistic Aspects of SLA and Bilingualism
  • Sociolinguistic Aspects of SLA and Bilingualism
  • Research Methods
  • Technology in Language Teaching
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Individual Differences in SLA


  • Phonology for Teachers
  • Grammar for Teachers
  • Oral Communication (ESL)

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