Free Downloadable Study: Using action research to explore technology in language teaching: international perspectives



It reports on how the project was implemented by means of virtual collaborative workshops, the responses of the teachers to conducting their action research over a period of nine months, and what lessons were learned about initiating an international virtual action research process. It also provides accounts written by the teachers of their research into teaching practices incorporating the use of new technology that are potentially of value to other teachers, both within the specific local contexts concerned, but also more generally.

Authors: Anne Burns and Nur Kurtoğlu-Hooton

This research paper is free to download below as a pdf file.

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Conducting Research in the English Language


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Articles by Stephen D Krashen


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Research Report: Facilitating Reading Acquisition in Multilingual Environments


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When Does Language Development Begin? Be Surprised!


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Summary: According to a NeuroReport study, children’s sensitivity to the rhythmic properties of language emerges in-utero. Researchers discovered changes in fetal heart rate when exposed to different languages, suggesting babies tend to ‘tune in’ to the language they are going to acquire before they are born.


Flipping the ESL Classroom: A Study


Great article article_Han_98-109_NYSTJ_Vol2Iss1_Jan2015 (1)

Excerpt of the abstract:

One of the most significant current discussions in education is that of the flipped classroom. According to Bergmann and Sams (2012) and Strayer (2007), a paradigm shift from the traditional educational model to a pedagogy-centered approach has received considerable attention, and extensive research and practice have been carried out in the field of classroom flipping (Fulton, 2012; Moravec, Williams, Aguilar-Roca, & O’Dowd, 2010; Pierce & Fox, 2012). Research on classroom flipping, however, has mostly focused on general subject areas, such as biology (Moravec et al., 2010), mathematics (Fulton, 2012), and pharmacotherapy (Pierce & Fox, 2012), rather than language learning. Therefore, its effectiveness in the English language teaching (ELT) setting still remains untapped. This paper introduces a flipped classroom model for an adult community English language program in the United States in 2013. A new course structure was designed by combining Nation’s (2007) “four strands” approach and Strayer’s (2007) theoretical framework of flipped learning. As the semester came to an end, a positive impact on learner autonomy among the ESL students was witnessed. Based on this experience, this paper aims to present a theoretical model of flipped learning in second language acquisition by exploring how the model provides a platform for successful language leaning and results in the significant development of learner autonomy.


Brand New Action Research Narrated PPT: ESL Collaborative Strategic Reading


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