This book offers a lively introduction to the research methods and techniques available to English language teachers who wish to investigate aspects of their own practice. It covers qualitative and quantitative methodology and includes sections on observation, introspection, diary studies, experiments, interviews, questionnaires, numerical techniques and case study research.

Each method is illustrated with examples in language teaching contexts, and techniques of data collection and analysis are introduced. The authors focus particularly on research in the classroom, on tests, materials, the effects of innovations, and they discuss methods appropriate to research in various collaborative modes as well as by individuals. A key feature of the book is an introduction to the debate surrounding different approaches to research, with an evaluation of traditional research in relation to the paradigms associated with reflective practice and action research.

The book is ideal for teachers on initial training and post-experience courses, students on degree programmes in applied linguistics and TEFL and, of course, practising teachers with an interest in research methods in language teaching.

chapter |4 pages

Introduction: setting the scene

part 1|85 pages

Principles and Perspectives

chapter 1|14 pages

Teachers in action

chapter 2|16 pages

The teacher researcher in focus

chapter 3|20 pages

What is research?

chapter 5|16 pages

Generating research

part 2|141 pages

Topics and Methods

chapter 6|8 pages

Definitions and overview

chapter 7|20 pages

Observing language classrooms

chapter 8|16 pages

Diaries and diary studies

chapter 9|18 pages

Using numbers

chapter 10|16 pages

Doing experiments

chapter 11|18 pages

Asking questions

chapter 12|14 pages

Looking inside: methods for introspection

chapter 13|16 pages

Studying cases

chapter 14|14 pages

Mixing research methods

chapter |8 pages