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ALR special issue: Visual methods in Applied Language Studies

Paula Kalaja
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Published Online: 2018-06-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/applirev-2017-0005


This introductory article serves two purposes. Firstly, it provides the background for the set of 11 articles that appear in the special issue of this journal and summarizes the articles along a number of dimensions. All the articles address aspects of multilingualism as subjectively experienced and they all make use of visual methodologies. Secondly, it subjects the articles to two meta-analyses. The first one compares and contrasts the studies by site: production, image and audiencing. The second one, in contrast, classifies the studies by the research strategy chosen by the researchers: looking, seeing or designing. The article concludes by pointing to future directions in research on multilingualism as lived, and suggests a visual turn.

Keywords: multilingualism; visual methodologies; meta-analysis


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About the article

Paula Kalaja

Paula Kalaja is Professor of English in the Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland (with a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University, Washington, DC). She specializes in L2 learning and teaching and has co-authored and -edited Beliefs about SLA: New research approaches (2003), Narratives of learning and teaching EFL (2008) and Beliefs, agency and identity in foreign language learning and teaching (2016) and locally published introductory books on research methods in Applied Linguistics and learning to learn skills, and some EFL textbooks.

Anne Pitkänen-Huhta

Anne Pitkänen-Huhta, Ph.D., received her academic training at the universities of Jyväskylä and Lancaster. She works currently as Senior Lecturer of English in the Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She is also the Head of the Department of Language and Communication Studies. Her research focuses on multilingual literacy and discourse practices, especially of young people, (foreign) language learning and teaching in formal and informal contexts, and on multilingual language education. Her research employs ethnographic, discourse analytic and visual methods.

Published Online: 2018-06-10

Published in Print: 2018-05-25

Citation Information: Applied Linguistics Review, Volume 9, Issue 2-3, Pages 157–176, ISSN (Online) 1868-6311, ISSN (Print) 1868-6303, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/applirev-2017-0005.

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