As a follow on from James's suggestion, the below article does not come specifically from ESOL research, but might be worth a read. It discusses the conduct of multilingual focus groups in community research with individuals, many of whom would be ESOL learners. Some of the affordances and challenges of drawing on participants' and researchers' own linguistic resources as tools to support participatory research (instead of relying on an interpreter acting exclusively as such) in a diverse linguistic setting are explored.
Ganassin, S. & Holmes, P. (2013). Multilingual Research practices in Community Research: The case of Migrant/Refugee Women in North East England. International Journal of Applied Linguistics 23(3): 342-356
Dr Judith Reynolds
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