Published on March 8, 2014
Finding a Research Topic or a classroom project topic
Fear of Topic Selection Your topic should be... Innovative Exciting Interesting Current Attractive
Things to Consider What kind of job are you interested in? Listening, speaking, pronunciation, CLIL, culture, teachers-to-be? What are your strengths? weaknesses? Teaching, reading, writing? What drives you? bores you? Technology, strategies, applications, interdisciplinary, behavior, learning
Ways to Find a Topic
1) I have an idea! Is it researchable? Is it doable? Can you find enough information?
2) Testing the waters! Find opinions about you idea from different perspectives. Explore the field you are interested in.
3) Make up your mind! From collected information, find the area of interest that is more appealing for you.
4) The Stapler Model You work on a number of small topics that turn into a series of conference papers You figure out somehow how to tie it all together, create a chapter from each paper, and put a big staple through it
5) Post-it now! Save sources, pages, for the reference list. Found something interesting? Post-it now, so you don't forget.
IN BRIEF Select a topic that interests you Read through background information Start making a list of key words Write out your topic as a statement and select the main concepts Start making a list of words to describe your topic
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