A few things have come together this week to make me ask this question.
First, I received the usual update email about the latest edition of TESL-EJ, had a very quick scan of one article because it was about Japan where I work, and then pressed delete.
I then turned to the update email from EL Gazette and after spending a lot longer looking at what is (for ordinary teachers like me) basically irrelevant industry celebrity news, I suddenly wondered why the one kind of current TEFL affairs that wasn’t covered was a round up of the relevant research from ELT, Applied Linguistics and such like research-based journals.
And finally, after spending about the same amount of time reading the even more irrelevant (if much better written) Times Higher Education, I noticed that the last page was a full-page ad for IATEFL research scholarships, suggesting even IATEFL has less than complete faith in the TEFL research community.
That was just one week, but the rest of my career also proves that the research arm of our profession is easy to live without. Why might that be so?