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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) |Volume VI, Issue XI, November 2022|ISSN 2454-6186

Unveiling English Language Learners’ Challenges in Conducting Language Research: A Phenomenological Study

 Mark Anthony A. Briz, Rudyard D. Ladesma, Lhester Jay C. Selgas, and Rica M. Ybañez
Teacher Education Department, Davao de Oro State College–New Bataan, Philippines

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Abstract— This undertaking sought to investigate the lived experiences of 4th year Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English students in conducting language research in Davao de Oro State College–New Bataan Campus, Philippines. This study sets out their challenges, coping mechanisms, and insights concerning the phenomenon being studied. In this study, the researchers utilized a qualitative-phenomenological research design and utilized Creswell’s Thematic Analysis for data analysis.
Ten (10) participants were chosen using purposive sampling, and all data were gathered through in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. Conclusively, the results indicated that the language researchers’ challenges were their lack of knowledge, research instructor-related challenges, research materials and resources, research participants’ unavailability and lack of interest, and English language-related ineptness. However, despite their difficulties, their coping mechanisms were family and friends’ support, prayer, self-studying or learning, co-researchers’ teamwork, and time management. Ultimately, the participants’ insights concerning language research were how beneficial language research was to the language community itself, language research was a challenging process, and learned significant values and skills in language research.

Keywords— Language Research, challenges, purposive sampling, Trial and Error Theory, Philippines


Research is a comprehensive examination that aims to come up with or expand knowledge by establishing and drawing conclusions about a specific thing (Ahmad, 2015). Thus, aside from using research to understand issues and increase public awareness, it is a tool used to build knowledge and facilitate learning (Zarah, 2021). If truth be told, humankind has been using research in numerous fields, and education is not an exemption. In line with this, research is integrated into the curriculum, requiring most students to undergo research before they graduate.
With this, students experience the benefits research brings with their involvement. It allows them to fully comprehend published works, balance individual and collaborative duties, and identify a research subject of interest. Meanwhile, numerous students realize their enthusiasm for research and pursue graduate courses and faculty posts as researchers (Madan, 2012). Nonetheless, research entirely teaches students to make informed decisions about their future endeavors; enhances their learning gains