Diary studies introspectively document language learners (and teachers)
experiences acquiring their target language. Diaries can report on affective
(i.e., emotions) or other factors that promote or hinder learning an additional
language, which may be hidden to friends, family, roommates,
acquaintances, teachers, and other outside observers. These reports help
form language-learning theories and better pedagogies (Bailey, 1991).
How to Conduct a Diary Study
• Write (often) about your language learning as
it is happening (or soon after).
• Include events, details, & feelings about the
• Look for patterns and significant events that
shape, influence, enhance, or hinder
• “Code” diaries to mark these patterns or
factors that contribute or don’t contribute to
• Use codes to create “themes” that are
explained and discussed for the final paper.
• Reflection makes learners “better learners.”
• Student research helps teachers teach
Research paper “style,” using outside sources, APA format, and clear paper
“sections” (e.g., Introduction with RQs, Background information on SLA and
Dairy Studies, Research Design, Data Analysis,
Finding, Implications & Conclusion). See
provided model papers, published work
samples, and Ms. Cummings for formatting
Applied linguistics professional community;
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My background information:
I am a Korean. I attended public middle school and transferred to international school. I have not learned any English, so when I went there, I had to face some problems. The reason that I attended international school is because my parents thought I could have more college options.