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Ghanbar H, Rezvani R. A Methodological Synthesis of Research Articles in the English for Specific Purposes’s Lifespan. LRR 2024; 15 (1) :119-143
URL: http://lrr.modares.ac.ir/article-14-70741-en.html
1- Ph.D. Department of Language and Linguistics, Islamic Azad University, Fereshtegaan International Branch, Tehran, Iran
2- Ph.D. Yasouj University & Shiraz University, Iran , rezvanireza@gmail.com
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This research synthesized the methodological issues of studies published in English for Specific Purposes from its debut in 1980 up to 2020, from both an overall perspective and also periodically in four decades. To this aim, we examined 617 empirical articles with regard to two themes: (a) research methodology, and (b) data sources. More specifically, we probed into the methodological designs, how they were integrated and the points of departure in qualitative research. Our results brought to the fore that the majority of ESP articles were framed as combined methods studies, most frequently concurrent designs, dominated by qualitative data and data collection. As well, about half of qualitative studies did not specify their approach and the majority of quantitative works utilized descriptive statistics and combinations of different tests. Pertaining to data sources, text samples as well as an amalgamation of different data collection techniques were the most prominent ones. Based on these results and discussion, we provided empirically–grounded recommendations and suggestions for promoting methodological transparency and rigor for the prospective studies for the field of ESP and applied linguistics in general.

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Article Type: Research article | Subject: language teaching
Published: 2024/03/29

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