research literature review on “the identities of non-native english language teachers”
The research literature survey will require students to locate current articles from academic journals publishing research in their chosen topic area. You will inspect articles only from the last five years. Read only the abstracts of the articles (typically provided directly after the title and authors but sometimes at the end.) Reading of the actual articles is not necessary for this exercise. The objective is to become acquainted with the nature of research interests and domains in a particular domain of research in applied linguistics and communication rather than an understanding of the research findings.
While carrying out your survey, focus on details provided in the article abstracts referring to the Who, What, Why, When and How of the research investigations. Note any technical terms which are unfamiliar. The written presentation of your survey will have an introduction which sets out the topic. You should include a description of the procedures used to locate articles such as selection of keywords and databases or search engines as well as any inclusion/exclusion criteria. The body of the essay will present a summary of the emerging pattern of interests reflected in the commonalties found in the literature and a synthesis which gives a picture of current research concerns in your chosen topic.
One of the challenges this assignment presents is how to select representative papers from within the research area and summarize them concisely. In using electronic database searches you may initially identify a very large number of articles on your topic but you must present a snapshot of the key work in the field. Careful selection of key words for refining searches and determining a coherent set of articles will be an important step. Another challenge is to ensure that your survey presents a clear picture of the themes or issues of interest in this field of research. Therefore identify key ideas or methodological approaches that are highlighted and use these themes
This assessment will take the form of a 3,500-4,000 word report of your research literature survey findings.
All sources must be cited in the text and referenced in the bibliography. Direct quotes must be indicated with “…” in the text, and page number of the source provided.