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Research Questions in Language Education and Applied Linguistics

A Reference Guide

  • Provides a rich collection of research questions that are suggested by well-known experts in the field of language education research

  • Offers guidance on finding relevant and original topics for future research

  • Is a source of research inspiration from the undergraduate to postgraduate level

Part of the book series: Springer Texts in Education (SPTE)

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Table of contents (152 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Teaching and Teaching-related Topics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. Blended Learning

      • Lana Hiasat
      Pages 17-22
    3. Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

      • Zohreh R. Eslami, Zihan Geng
      Pages 23-27
    4. Content-Based Language Teaching

      • Zübeyde Sinem Genç
      Pages 29-33
    5. Creativity and Language Teaching

      • Tamas Kiss
      Pages 35-39
    6. Discourse Analysis

      • Brian Paltridge
      Pages 41-44
    7. English for Academic Purposes

      • Helen Basturkmen
      Pages 51-54
    8. English for Specific Purposes

      • Helen Basturkmen
      Pages 55-58
    9. English-Medium Instruction

      • Keith M. Graham, Zohreh R. Eslami
      Pages 59-62
    10. Focus on Form in Second Language Instruction

      • Alessandro Benati
      Pages 63-67
    11. A Genre-Based Approach to Writing Instruction in the Content Areas

      • Luciana C. de Oliveira, Sharon L. Smith
      Pages 69-73
    12. Inclusive Language Teaching

      • David Gerlach
      Pages 87-90
    13. Increasing Reading Fluency

      • Neil J. Anderson
      Pages 91-95
    14. Instructional Pragmatics

      • Zohreh R. Eslami, Shaun Weihong Ko
      Pages 97-101

About this book

An important skill in reviewing the research literature is following a study’s “plan of attack.” Broadly, this means that before accepting and acting upon the findings, one considers a) the research question (Is it clear and focused? Measurable?), b) the subjects examined, the methods deployed, and the measures chosen (Do they fit the study’s goal and have the potential to yield useful results?), and c) the analysis of the data (Do the data lead to the discussion presented? Has the author reasonably interpreted results to reach the conclusion?). Mohebbi and Coombe’s book, Research Questions in Language Education and Applied Linguistics: A Reference Guide, helps budding researchers take the first step and develop a solid research question. As the field of language education evolves, we need continual research to improve our instructional and assessment practices and our understanding of the learners’ language learning processes. This book with its remarkable 150 topics and 10 times the number of potential research questions provides a wealth of ideas that will help early career researchers conduct studies that move our field forward and grow our knowledge base. Deborah J. Short, Ph.D., Director, Academic Language Research & Training, Past President, TESOL International Association (2021-22)

As a teacher in graduate programs in TESOL I frequently come across the frustration of students at centering their research interests on a particular topic and developing research questions which are worth pursuing so as to make a contribution to the field. This frustration stems from the fact that our field is so vast and interrelated, that it is often impossible to properly address all that interests them. Hence, I wholeheartedly welcome this most relevant and innovative addition to the research literature in the field of TESOL and Applied Linguistics. Coombe and Mohebbi have created a real tour de force that stands to inform budding researchers in the field for many years to come. Additionally, the cutting-edge depiction of the field and all it has to offer will no doubt update the research agendas of many seasoned researchers around the world. The 150 chapters are organized in a most powerful, yet, deceptively simple way offering a positioning within the topic, suggesting questions that might direct inquiry and offering a basic set of bibliographic tools to start the reader in the path towards research. What is more, the nine sections in which the chapters are organized leave no area of the field unexplored. Dr. Gabriel Díaz Maggioli, Academic Advisor, Institute of Education, Universidad ORT del Uruguay, President, IATEFL


  • language skills teaching
  • language skills assessment
  • language learning through technology
  • research methods in language education
  • genre analysis
  • form-focused language teaching
  • language teacher development
  • linguistics teaching

Editors and Affiliations

  • European Knowledge Development Institute, Ankara, Turkey

    Hassan Mohebbi

  • Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Dubai Men’s College, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Christine Coombe

About the editors

Hassan Mohebbi's main research interests are L2 writing instruction, individual differences, and assessment literacy. He is an editorial board member of Language Testing in Asia (Springer), Language Teaching Research Quarterly (EUROKD), Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education (Springer), and Frontiers in Psychology.

Dr Christine Coombe is an Associate Professor of General Studies at Dubai Men’s College, Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE.  She served as President of the TESOL International Association from 2011 to 2012. Christine has authored/edited over 50 books on different aspects of English language teaching, learning and assessment.  Throughout her career she has received several awards including the 2018 James E Alatis Award for exemplary service to TESOL.  In 2017 she was named to TESOL’s 50@50 list which honored 50 top professionals who have made an impact on ELT in the past 50 years.   

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Research Questions in Language Education and Applied Linguistics

  • Book Subtitle: A Reference Guide

  • Editors: Hassan Mohebbi, Christine Coombe

  • Series Title: Springer Texts in Education

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-79142-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-79143-8

  • Series ISSN: 2366-7672

  • Series E-ISSN: 2366-7680

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVII, 889

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Language Education, Language Acquisition and Development, Education

Buying options

eBook USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-79143-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 89.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)