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ELT research: What it is, why we need it, and how to do it!

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Richard Smith gives a definition of English language teaching research and shows how it can be of practical relevance to teachers. November 2012, Bristol.

Video 1 - What is research?

Video 2 - Surveying ELT research

Video 3 - How relevant / accessible is ELT research?

Video 4 - Practitioner research / Conclusion

The aims of this workshop are:

  • to demystify research in the eyes of English teachers (who are often sceptical of its value) by defining what it is in an accessible way and showing how it can be of practical relevance, and
  • to whet - or revive - participants’ appetite both for reading others’ research and for engaging in research of their own.

There is practical guidance on where to access published research, and how to take the first steps in designing and carrying out a research study of one’s own. Extensive reference is made to freely available online resources and to networks which can help the novice and early-stage researcher in getting started and in sustaining commitment.

Dr Richard Smith, an associate professor at the University of Warwick, is the coordinator of IATEFL's Research Special Interest Group and is the compiler-in-chief of the British Council's Directory of UK ELT Research. Having also engaged in extensive teacher-research of his own and supervised classroom-oriented research by many MA and PhD students over the years, he is well-placed to provide authoritative guidance in this area.