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Applied Linguistics Research and Methodology

Proceedings from the 2015 CALS conference

Edited By Kristina Cergol Kovacevic and Sanda Lucija Udier

This book offers a selection of sixteen papers presented at the 29th international annual conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society held in 2015. The papers in this book tackle an array of applied linguistics research concerns and provide methodological solutions to many a related problem. The authors’ contributions fall into three main strands of research focus: 1) methodological issues in second language teaching and learning research, 2) experimental research in applied linguistics and 3) spoken and written corpus studies. Almost each individual paper focuses on a different methodological issue in applied linguistics research, treading the path to new related studies.

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Kristina Cergol Kovačević – Sanda Lucija Udier

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Preface

We are delighted to present this book of proceedings which brings together a selection of sixteen papers presented at the 29th international annual conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society held from 24th to 26th April 2015 at the University of Zadar, Croatia. The conference was dedicated to the topic of applied linguistics research and methodology. Accordingly, this book addresses a growing tendency of applied linguists to bring forth and discuss methodological issues they are faced with in preparing, carrying out and disseminating their research. This “reflective turn” in research is crucial in ensuring that valid and reliable data are obtained so that the new knowledge in the field may be built on the basis of such information. No less important is the training of young experts, as it is imperative that they attain and apply appropriate and reliable methodology in their own work. The papers in this book tackle an array of applied linguistics research concerns and provide methodological solutions to many a related problem. The authors present various research methodologies by either describing them or using them in the research studies they present. The papers presented in this book fall into three strands of research focus: 1) methodological issues in second language teaching and learning research, 2) experimental research in applied linguistics and 3) spoken and written corpus studies. Almost each individual paper focuses on a different methodological issue in applied linguistics research, hopefully treading the path to new related studies.

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