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Doing Applied Linguistics

A guide for students, 1st Edition

By Nicholas Groom, Jeannette Littlemore


210 pages

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Doing Applied Linguistics provides a concise, lively and accessible introduction to the field of applied linguistics for readers who have little or no prior knowledge of the subject. The book explores the basics of the field then goes on to examine in more depth what applied linguists actually do, and the types of research methods that are most frequently used in the field. By reading this book students will find the answers to four sets of basic questions:

  • What is applied linguistics, and what do applied linguists do?
  • Why do it? What is the point of applied linguistics?
  • How and why might I get involved in applied linguistics?
  • How to do it? What kinds of activities are involved in doing applied linguistic research?

Written by teachers and researchers in applied linguistics Doing Applied Linguistics is essential reading for all students with interests in this area.


"Rarely can a book be termed a "must read" for a targeted audience. Doing Applied Linguistics is one such book. It should be required reading for MA students in applied linguistics and TESOL. Throughout the text, the authors display their wide knowledge of applied linguistics and their acute awareness of the needs of aspiring students in the discipline. Practical suggestions are included at every opportunity to help the novice student get started. Interesting examples are also provided to illustrate various aspects and terminology of applied linguistics." George Braine, ELT Consultant, Hong Kong

"Doing Applied Linguistics should be essential reading for anyone beginning applied linguistics and will provide a clear and stimulating introduction for any reader. The first four chapters provide an overview of the field and the subsequent six chapters provide just the right amount of detail on major applied linguistics topics for students to understand the scope of the discipline and the place of individual approaches to the collection and analysis of language data. Highly recommended." Ann Hewings, The Open University, UK

"With Doing Applied Linguistics Groom and Littlemore have provided a wonderful, practical and accessible guide for prospective or beginning students of Applied Linguistics. The book offers a range of illustrative examples of research in the field and equips readers with a useful toolkit of current methods and techniques, drawn from different Applied Linguistics strands. The book is perfectly placed to inspire new generations of students to get involved in ‘doing applied linguistics’ and help shape the field with their contributions. I would encourage all prospective and current students of Applied Linguistics to read it." Ute Römer, Georgia State University, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Questions about Applied Linguistics 2. Topics in Applied Linguistics 3. The Impact of Applied Linguistics 4. Studying Applied Linguistics 5. Collecting Qualitative Data 6. Analysing Qualitative Data 7. Collecting Quantitative Data 8. Analysing Quantitative Data 9. Text Analysis in Applied Linguistics 10. Corpus Analysis in Applied Linguistics Conclusion References Appendix 1: Further Reading Appendix 2: Major Journals in Applied Linguistics and Related Fields Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General