Narrative Inquiry: A Method in ELT Researches

Gopal Prasad Pandey


Narrative inquiry focuses on studying an individual participant, gathering data through the collection of stories, reporting individual experiences, and discussing the meaning of those experiences for the participant. This method of inquiry allows people to tell their stories. It is a methodology in which the researcher attempts to present the meanings of personal stories and events. Narratives can be good tools to understanding an individual’s experiences and help ELT researchers to obtain an “insider view” on the issues of learning and teaching of English. Stories told by a participant also provide a deeper understanding of the issues that arise in the relationship between the participant and the researcher. The aim of this paper is to explore the essential elements and value of narrative inquiry and revisit the growing popularity of narrative approach to ELT researches. This article discusses the forms, characteristics and techniques of narrative research in ELT along with the potential challenges of using narratives in researches Narrative inquiry as a methodology in ELT research is exceptionally useful to uncover nuance and detail of previous experiences.


Narrative inquiry, ELT research, restorying, autoethnography, life stories, chronology of experiences

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