Finding a Research Topic or a
classroom project topic
Fear of Topic Selection
Your topic should be...
Things to Consider
What kind of job are you interested in?
Listening, speaking, pronunciation, CLIL,
What are your strengths? weaknesses?
Teaching, reading, writing?
What drives you? bores you?
Technology, strategies, applications,
interdisciplinary, behavior, learning
1) I have an idea!
Is it researchable?
Is it doable?
Can you find enough information?
2) Testing the waters!
Find opinions about you idea from
Explore the field you are interested in.
3) Make up your mind!
From collected information, find the
area of interest that is more appealing
4) The Stapler Model
You work on a number of small topics
that turn into a series of conference
You figure out somehow how to tie it
all together, create a chapter from
each paper, and put a big staple
5) Post-it now!
Save sources, pages, for the
Found something interesting? Post-it
now, so you don't forget.
Select a topic that interests you
Read through background information
Start making a list of key words
Write out your topic as a statement and select the
Start making a list of words to describe your topic