Editor’s note: Ms. Amy Sullivan is a MA TESOL alumna of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. In this piece, she provides information about the OASIS database and its usefulness for language education professionals.
The OASIS (Open Accessible Summaries in Language Studies) database, according to its website, provides summaries of “research articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals of language learning, language teaching, and multilingualism.” Some of the summaries included there are for journals such as Second Language Research, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, TESOL Quarterly, and The Modern Language Journal.
By creating summaries, the goal of OASIS is to provide more physically and conceptually accessible research results for stakeholders and others, both within and outside the language learning and teaching field. All summaries have been approved by the original author(s) of the journal articles, and in some cases, they are co-authored by these individuals. The summaries primarily address “the study’s goals, how it was conducted, and what was found” using non-technical terms. In addition, some of the summaries’ findings that are relevant to language educators are also noted.
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