Accessing Research When You Aren’t At University

One of my (many) bugbears is that rank-and-file teachers don’t often have access to research or academic documents when they aren’t enrolled or teaching at universities. Seriously, if SLA researchers and education researchers were keen to improve the lot of teachers on the front line then their findings would be made available to read, at least cheaply, instead of in the walled garden (hi Elsevier) that charges a fortune for a 48-hour reading period.

That said, there are little holes in the wall. A lot of academics are putting up papers on sites like and Not only that, but some people have publications on their own website or their university sites:

Zoltan Dörnyeí

Roy Lyster

Stephen D Krashen


Also forgot about Humanising Language Teaching magazine. Not exactly a journal but not exactly a magazine. Very readable and not written in an ivory-tower style.

Update to the update

Anthony Schmidt, Claire Maas and Mura Nava set up ELT Research Bites. Superb stuff on here. Also, Anthony has a lot of Research Bites on his personal site.

Update to the updated update

Simon Borg – hat tip to Patrick Andrews.

Updated updated update

International CLIL Research Journal.


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