EMPIRICAL RESEARCH

What is EMPIRICAL RESEARCH?

A common image of "research" is a person in a laboratory wearing a white coat, mixing chemicals or looking through a microscope to find a cure for an exotic disease.

Well, empirical research about language learning and teaching is similar to that in some ways, but different in many others.

There are many organized and systematic ways of conducting empirical research:

This list is certainly not complete. Each form of empirical research offers its own perspective and follows its own set of procedures. These methods will be discussed later in this module.