Last chance for early bird registration and payment at IATEFL, 2016 is Thursday 14 January

Here is the information about the pre-conference event for the Research SIG: The PCE is entitled ‘Conversations with a purpose: Reflecting on interviewing in EFL research’. It will take place on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 from 10.00-17.00 at the ICC in Birmingham. Dr Steve Mann from the University of Warwick will lead an interactive day on the use Read More …

Call for papers: AAAL conference 2016, Orlando

The conference run by the American Association of Applied Linguistics will take place in Orlando, Florida from 9-12 April, 2016. There was a lot of talk about both this and the TESOL Convention at IATEFL this year, and I got the impression that this one attracts mainly researchers whereas the TESOL convention attracts mainly practitioners. Anyhow Read More …

New book on Narrative Inquiry: Contextualising Narrative Inquiry

Contextualising Narrative Inquiry: Developing Methodlogical Approaches for Local Context Edited by Sheila Trahar Narrative inquiry is growing in popularity as a research methodology in the social sciences, medicine and the humanities. In narrative inquiry, the transparency of interactions between researcher and research participants, together with rich, contextual descriptions, help to shape and structure research texts Read More …

Time and Memory (and research(er) narratives)

This quote caught my eye: “Time and memory are a fussy firm on interior decorators, always shifting the furniture about and redesigning and even reassigning rooms” (p.28) Banville, John (2012). Ancient Light. London: Viking/Penguin. A timely reminder, if ever we needed it, of the great importance of maintaining a Research(er) Journal THROUGHOUT the process and Read More …

Methods @ Manchester

Do you all know about this one? Methods @ manchester Highlighting the depth and breadth of methodological expertise in the social sciences at the University of Manchester. Promoting and facilitating methodological excellence, innovation and inter-disciplinarity. http://www.methods.manchester.ac.uk/

Eljee's developing researcher narrative: where am I?

I enter into the discussion melee rather late in the game.  I’m not a great blogger and end up lurking online bouncing between posts and forums.  But I would like to (finally) add my thoughts on the discussion on reflective/reflexive area.  Since I’m late in the conversation I won’t address the plethora of what’s been Read More …

On Reflexivity (again…)

This post is partly motivated by the fact that the original reflexivity thread has grown rather too long, and partly by the need for me to make a ‘new beginning’ as regards my understanding of what reflexivity is and how it bears on my research. I am conscious that my current understanding diverges somewhat from Read More …

Discourse analysis anyone?

Greetings to you all!  Now that the summer is here most of us, I suspect, are either: a) buried under the pile of reading for a dissertation/abstract/research b)  teaching / working crazy hours during the summer to make ends meet for the fall c) procrastinating by doing anything (i.e. online shopping, lurking on Facebook, blogging Read More …