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Implementing a Research Agenda


Christine Coombe and Dudley Reynolds


Wednesday, 29 April 2015
10:30 am–12:00 pm ET
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Cost: Free for members; US$45 for nonmembers
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Registration Deadline: 26 April 2015
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Who Should Attend?

Teachers, graduate students, and new professionals interested in incorporating research into their practice and developing a personal research agenda 

More About This Seminar

Goals for the TESOL 2014 Research Agenda include
  • supporting the efforts of individuals new to conducting their own research
  • providing guidance about potential topics and ethical methods for inquiry
  • promoting dialog between doers and users of research
This seminar will discuss ways to use TESOL’s Research Agenda as a springboard for developing a personal research agenda:
  • finding topics that are meaningful for your practice but also interesting to others
  • framing research questions that drive not just one study but multiple investigations
  • anticipating and overcoming some of the challenges that arise when implementing a study

What Will I Learn?

You will
  • learn strategies for finding research topics and framing questions
  • develop an awareness of potential challenges, considerations, and resources for different stages of implementing a research project
  • gain an appreciation for the role that your research can play in advancing your professional community

About the Presenters

Christine Coombe and Dudley Reynolds co-chaired the task force that authored the 2014 TESOL Research Agenda. Christine served as TESOL president 2012–2013 and Dudley will be TESOL President 2016–2017. 

Christine is a faculty member at Dubai Men’s College in the United Arab Emirates where she primarily teaches general studies and research methods. She is the author and/or editor of numerous books including The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Assessment; Reigniting, Retooling and Retiring in English Language Teaching; Leadership Skills in English Language Teaching and Learning; A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learners; and Task-based Language Learning and Teaching in EFL Contexts: Research and Implementation. Christine has also written articles for top tier journals such as Language Testing and TESOL Quarterly

Dudley is a teaching professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, where he teaches first-year writing courses, a natural synergy for his research, which focuses on the development and assessment of second language reading and writing abilities. He is the author of One on One with Second Language Writers and Assessing Writing, Assessing Learning, as well as articles in College Composition and Communication, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Learning, and TESOL Quarterly.