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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PREFACE As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii , I learned a great
deal about important advances made in the field of second - language
acquisition ( SLA ) on the basis of a relatively small number of well - documented
cases of ...
Hatch ( 1978a ) , for example , made a substantial contribution to the field by
publishing her landmark collection of SLA case studies , many of which were
conducted by her graduate students and colleagues ( see Chapter 3 ) . But for the
They feel that difference , in addition to similarity , helps sharpen and enrich
people ' s understandings of how general principles operate within a field beyond
what the notion of transferability suggests . Also , rather than seeking " the correct
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Defining Describing and Defending Case Study
Examples of Case Studies in Applied Linguistics
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