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Using a reader-friendly, structured approach, Qualitative Research in Applied Linguistics: A Practical Introduction presents an easy-to-follow and straightforward guide to qualitative inquiry. Written by leading authors in a clear, informal style, it is an essential companion for graduate students and practicing teachers embarking on their first qualitative research study in applied linguistics. The ten central chapters introduce core qualitative research approaches and commonly used data collection methods. Each of these chapters offers: * A comprehensive guide to help you understand and use each approach or method * An illustrative example from applied linguistics research to help you see the approach or method 'in action' * A succinct outline of how you can avoid common mistakes and improve the quality of your research * Discussion questions and tasks to give you hands-on experience working with each research approach or data collection method Additional chapters offer engaging introductions to the qualitative research cycle, ethics, and writing up your research. There is also a glossary of important key words. This book has been carefully written to provide you with the essential research knowledge, skills - and confidence - you need to begin your qualitative research project.