Available Online: 27 January 2021
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Following a qualitative research design, the researcher tried to determine the research’s focus in the second language teaching and learning as well as in the language testing during the last three decades. In effect, different categories covered in the two fields of language teaching and assessment were recognized and presented. It was concluded that the two fields have had a similar trend in the last three decades in which different categories have been covered in different portion in the 1990’s and 2000’s but the categories were covered in a relatively balanced portion in the 2010’s. Apparently, the two fields are closely interrelated which means that each one is signified and extended in terms of theoretical, practical and foundational advances of the other one. In addition, exploring the contributions of Iranian researchers into the two fields of language teaching and assessment during the last three decades resulted in too insignificant contribution.
Keywords: qualitative design; language testing; language teaching; categorization; interrelatedness
Cite this article:
Esmaeeli, F. (2021). Three decades of research in language teaching and testing: A thematic categorization. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 10(5), 73-81. https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2021.5080