Webinar: Why do we keep talking about teachers? Don’t researchers bear a responsibility for research use in the classroom?




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This seminar explores ways in which the relationship between research and practice in the field of second language (L2) learning and teaching can be initiated and facilitated. L2 researchers have long been concerned about the limited use of research in the classroom yet examinations of the research-practice relationship have been rare.

In an effort to narrow the gap—albeit without much empirical support—researchers have considered increased ecological validity and different ways of disseminating research (e.g., study summaries). Nevertheless, the problem seems to persist; that is, research seems to have little influence on classroom practice. I will argue that, perhaps, a fundamental cause of the divide is epistemological rather than logistical, that is, beliefs about each other’s occupation.

In this talk, I will first review obstacles to the research-practice relationship. I will then discuss potential ways of narrowing the research-practice gap, such as: (a) collaborative mindset; (b) the nature of research; (c) venues for a dialogue; and (d) institutional support.

I will conclude the seminar by proposing that it is necessary to examine researchers’ (cf. practitioners’) perceptions and efforts in creating and facilitating a bi-directional and mutually-beneficial dialogue with practitioners.


Dr. Masatoshi Sato:



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