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. Anthony Schmidt, Claire Maas and Mura Nava set up ELT Research Bites. There is superb stuff on here from a range of people. Also, Anthony has a lot of Research Bites on his personal site.A lot of academics are putting up papers on sites like Academia.edu and Researchgate.net. Not only that, but some people have publications on their own website or their university sites:

Simon Borg – hat tip to Patrick Andrews.

Zoltan Dörnyeí

Stephen D Krashen

Roy Lyster

Open Access Journals/Publications

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

International CLIL Research Journal.

JALT Journal. Japan Association for Language Teaching’s main journal.

Journal of Second Language Teaching & Research.

The Language Teacher. Japan Association for Language Teaching’s magazine with some short research articles by members.

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This article by Jake Orlowitz points to even more resources.

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