Action Research for Language Teachers
This practical guide can be used by teachers who wish to develop their professional expertise by investigating their own teaching in a systematic and organised way. It is also invaluable for teachers or trainee teachers who have to produce a professional project or dissertation as part of a training programme. This will help teachers to design and implement a research project which is derived from their normal practice, with results which should be of direct relevance to them. It is user-friendly and includes: - exemplar articles and extracts which show how the research techniques can be implemented - 'Personal review' sections which help readers to think about the ideas being discussed and relate them to their own situation - commentaries which follow up issues raised in the 'Personal review' sections - chapter summaries - a glossary of all technical terms.
Why action research?
Selecting and developing a topic
Collecting the data
Fieldnotes logs journals diaries and personal accounts
recording and analysing classroom
Questionnaires and interviews
action research activities analysis answer approach areas aspects behaviour Business English Cassette chapter classroom collaborative colleagues context course database Dewey Decimal System diary discussion ELT Journal English Language evaluation example experience feedback field-notes focus foreign language give going ideas important interaction interested introspective investigation involved issue kind L2 listening language learning Language learning strategies language teachers learner autonomy lesson look Marion Williams materials means motivation notes observation organised Oxford perhaps PERSONAL REVIEW possible practice presentation problems professional action professional development programme protocol questionnaires and interviews questions reading record reference reflection relevant responses sample second language Second Language Acquisition self-observation semi-structured interview Singapore skills speakers strategies structured structured interviews suggested talk tape task teaching techniques TESOL things think-aloud topic usually validity verbal reports written