One-Day Workshop: Introduction to Qualitative Research
Date: 12 May 2012
Presenter: David Nunan
Location: Graz, Austria
(Online registration closes 27 April)
Congratulations to Kashmir Kaur, winner of the ReSIG Scholarship for attending this event.
Title: Qualitative research in language education
Format: One-day seminar consisting of lecture input, presenter-led discussion, and a number of group tasks.
Presenter: David Nunan, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Hong Kong
Vice-President for Student Affairs and Dean, Graduate School of Education, Anaheim University, California
The aim of this one-day seminar is to explore theoretical and practical aspects of qualitative research in education. There will be three overlapping phases in the seminar.
I. The ‘big picture’
In the first part of the seminar we will take a ‘big picture’ look at the research enterprise, discussing and clarifying the following issues and questions:
The focus of this part of the seminar is on qualitative research. We will look in greater depth at the characteristics of qualitative research that differentiate it from quantitative research. We will look at a range of methods for data collection and analysis, including case study, introspection, elicitation and observation. We will also look at ‘mixed methods’ research which, as the name suggests, deploys a range of data collection and analysis methods from both quantitative and qualitative paradigms.
III. Developing a research plan
In the final part of the workshop, we will look at steps in the process of developing a research plan, and at the pitfalls and possible solutions to the pitfalls that can occur during the research process.
_Article Discussion: Research into practice: Vocabulary
Date: 16-20 January 2012
Article: 'Research into practice: Vocabulary', by Paul Nation
Guest moderator: Anthony Bruton, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.
Location: ReSIG YahooGroup
Download article here.
This event is open both to ReSIG members and to non-members.
You can join our YahooGroup for free here.
How to participate:
- Join our YahooGroup at the link above. if you're not a member yet.
- Download the article at the link above.
- Read the article.
- To help you get ready for the discussion, here are a few prompts for discussion, suggested by Anthony:
1. What do you consider are the priorities for research into formal EFL vocabulary learning? And ESL?
2. Do you think Extensive Reading is a viable means of vocabulary expansion in typical FL contexts? Would on-line exposure and task be more accessible and as effective?
3. Do you think some tasks used in EFL vocabulary research are inappropriate: e.g. fill in the blanks; multiple-choice; write sentences with these words; etc.
4. Do you think levels tests should not only be language-specific, but context-specific (e.g. according to country).
5. Did you know about the involvement load hypothesis? If so, is it of any particular pedagogical consequence?
- During the week of 16-20 January, make sure you check the posts on the YahooGroup at least once a day and add your contributions.
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