Case Study Research in Applied Linguistics
Case studies of individual language learners are a valuable means of illustrating issues connected with learning, using, and in some cases, losing another language. Yet, even though increasing numbers of graduate students and scholars conduct research using case studies or mix quantitative and qualitative methods, there are no dedicated applied linguistics research methods texts that guide one through the case study process. This book fills that gap.
The volume provides an overview of case study methodology and examples of published case studies in applied linguistics, without attempting to be a comprehensive survey of the innumerable case studies that exist. The case studies presented here involve teachers and learners of English and various other languages in North America and other parts of the world. Advice is also given about how to conduct and publish case studies.
Case Study Research in Applied Linguistics is designed for students, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as other scholars seeking to understand case study methods and their applications in research on language learners and language users in a variety of contexts. Applied linguists working in other subfields will find the volume useful in their own research and in their supervision and evaluation of others' case studies.
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For example, if a model of SLA claims that acculturation is a crucial causal
variable in L2 mastery, ... highly acculturated individual who did not master L2
target forms (other conditions, such as input and interaction being equal; Schmidt
, 1983), ...
A good example of this is Schmidt's (1983) aforementioned analysis of Wes, a
Japanese artist living in Hawaii whose English did not develop very well despite
his high degree of acculturation in the local English-speaking American
Only at the end of the three-year study was it apparent just how acculturated Wes
had become in Hawaii (he had by then ... Americans and his high degree of
acculturation to U.S. culture, he still failed to develop in many areas of L2
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Defining Describing and Defending Case Study
Examples of Case Studies in Applied Linguistics
How to Conduct Case Studies Part 1
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