Research on Learning, Language & Teaching

The following is an annotated selection of some of the many journals that present research on language, culture and teaching. For an extensive but non-annotated list please visit the University of Tennessee TFLTA Pfrofessional Resource Center.

Annual Review of Applied Linguistics
This yearly journal provides a comprehensive, up-to-date review of research in key areas in the broad field of applied linguistics (Cambridge).
Anthropological Linguistics
A quarterly journal that provides a forum for the full range of scholarly study of the languages and cultures of the peoples of the world, especially the native peoples of the Americas.
Applied Linguistics
This quarterly journal publishes research into language with relevance to real world problems. It promotes principled and multidisciplinary approaches to research on language-related concerns in the various fields encompassed by applied linguistics (Oxford).
The Bilingual Research Journal (BRJ)
Published three times each year and covers a wide range of topics relating to bilingual education, bilingualism in society, and language policy in education. The journal contains three sections: research and essays, the traditional formats of scholarly discourse; research in practice, which documents the experience of teachers and other practitioners; and book reviews. Articles can be downloaded for free in PDF.
French Review
The French Review is the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of French and has the largest circulation of any scholarly journal of French studies in the world. The Review publishes articles and reviews on French and francophone literature, cinema, society and culture, linguistics, technology, and pedagogy six times a year.
The Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese has published more than 4,500 articles since its first issue in 1917.
The International Journal of Corpus Linguistics
IJCL seeks to publish research that views language as a social phenomenon that can be investigated empirically on the basis of authentic spoken texts
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education
A quarterly journal devoted to innovative and rigorous research and critical scholarship that helps define and advance inquiry concerned with intersecting issues related to language, identity, and education (Lawrence Erlbaum).
Journal of Second Language Writing
A refereed journal appearing four times a year, features theoretically grounded reports of research and discussion of central issues in second language and foreign language writing and writing instruction.
Journal of Sociolinguistics
The journal is concerned with language in all its dimensions, macro and micro, as formal features or abstract discourses, as situated talk or written text. Data in published articles represent a wide range of languages, regions and situations - from Alune to Xhosa, from Cameroun to Canada, from bulletin boards to dating ads. (Blackwell Publishers)
Language and Communication: An interdisciplinary journal.
“This journal is unique in that it provides a forum devoted to the discussion of topics and issues in communication which is of interdisciplinary significance. It publishes contributions from researchers in all fields relevant to the study of verbal and non-verbal communication. The investigation of language and its communicational functions are treated as a concern shared in common by those working in anthropology, the arts, artificial intelligence, education, ethnology, linguistics, physiology, philosophy, psychology and the social sciences. Emphasis is placed on the implications of current research for establishing common theoretical frameworks within which findings from different areas of study may be accommodated and interrelated. By focusing attention on the many ways in which language is integrated with other forms of communicational activity and interactional behaviour, it is intended to explore ways of developing a science of communication which is not restricted by existing disciplinary boundaries.“ (PERGAMON)
Language in Society
An international journal of sociolinguistics concerned with all branches of speech and language as aspects of social life (Cambridge).
Language Learning & Technology
A refereed journal which seeks to disseminate research to foreign and second language educators in the US and around the world on issues related to technology and language education. The focus of the publication is not technology per se, but rather issues related to language learning and language teaching, and how they are affected or enhanced by the use of technologies. L L & T is published exclusively on the World Wide Web.
Language Teaching
An abstracting journal designed for professionals who need an easy reference to current research in second and foreign language education. It brings together in one journal the latest findings in language teaching and learning. Each four-part volume contains some 700 abstracts reporting research in over 150 multilingual periodicalsfrom around the world (Cambridge).
Language Teaching Research
This journal supports and develops investigation and research within the area of second or foreign language teaching. Research of both a quantitative and qualitative (including ethnographic) orientation is of interest to the journal, which as a matter of policy publishes work related to the teaching of any second language, not just English (Arnold Publishers).
Language Testing
Language Testing provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information between people working in the fields of first and second language testing and assessment. This includes researchers and practitioners in EFL and ESL testing, and assessment in child language acquisition and language pathology. In addition, special attention is focused on issues of testing theory, experimental investigations, and the following up of practical implications (Arnold Publishers).
Modern Language Journal (MLJ)
A quarterly journal devoted to research and discussion about the learning and teaching of foreign and second language (Blackwell Publishers).
TESOL Quarterly
A professional, refereed journal, encourages the submission of previously unpublished articles on topics of significance to individuals concerned with the teaching of English as a second or foreign language and of standard English as a second dialect.
This is a publication that represents a variety of cross-disciplinary interests, both theoretical and practical, especially in the following areas:
  • Psychology and Sociology of Language, Learning and Teaching
  • Issues in Research and Research Methodology
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Instructional Methods, Materials, and Techniques
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Professional Preparation
  • Language Planning
  • Professional standards