A Scientometric Review of Research Trends in the Application of Technology in English Language Teaching

Document Type : Review Article

Authors

English Department, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran

10.22034/ijltr.2022.159822

Abstract

The present study sought to examine research trends in the application of technology in English language teaching (ELT), using a retrospective scientometric approach. Web of Science was used as the focal database to extract the data from the start point of this field (1996) to the present. A document co-citation analysis method was used to detect the major research clusters in the dataset. The impact of each publication on the field was measured, using the burst index. In general, we identified seven major clusters in the field, including EFL, English Language, ICT Integration, Technology-mediated Task-based Language Teaching, Self-efficacy, Language Learning-mail, and Teacher Cognition. The results showed that these clusters are the most important ones, on which the major authors of the field have focused. The analyses of research trends on technology in ELT can provide suggestions for the future development of research in the field and may be beneficial for the teachers, policy-makers, and curriculum developers.

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Article Title [Persian]

بررسی علم سنجی روندهای پژوهشی در کاربرد فناوری در آموزش زبان انگلیسی

Abstract [Persian]

The present study sought to examine research trends in the application of technology in English language teaching (ELT), using a retrospective scientometric approach. Web of Science was used as the focal database to extract the data from the start point of this field (1996) to the present. A document co-citation analysis method was used to detect the major research clusters in the dataset. The impact of each publication on the field was measured, using the burst index. In general, we identified seven major clusters in the field, including EFL, English Language, ICT Integration, Technology-mediated Task-based Language Teaching, Self-efficacy, Language Learning-mail, and Teacher Cognition. The results showed that these clusters are the most important ones, on which the major authors of the field have focused. The analyses of research trends on technology in ELT can provide suggestions for the future development of research in the field and may be beneficial for the teachers, policy-makers, and curriculum developers.

Keywords [Persian]

  • علم سنجی
  • گرایش های تحقیقاتی
  • فناوری
  • اموزش زبان انگلیسی
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Volume 2, Issue 3 - Serial Number 3
December 2022
Pages 61-73
  • Receive Date: 14 August 2022
  • Accept Date: 29 October 2022
  • First Publish Date: 31 October 2022