I have a research paper in the field of Education and ESL students. I have suggested a topic to my professor and she kind of dismissed as it needs much effort and resources which seem unattainable...

I have a research paper in the field of Education and ESL students. I have suggested a topic to my professor and she kind of dismissed as it needs much effort and resources which seem unattainable at the moment. Therefore, I would likely to kindly ask you to suggest some good researchable topics in the above mentioned category. 

(I'm a foreign student and my Major is English.)

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There are two standard ways to configure an academic research paper. First, you can find a gap in the existing scholarship or second, you can find a point on which you think the existing scholarship is wrong. In either case, the key to finding a topic is knowing what has been done in the field. to do this, a good starting point is reading recent research.

One type of topic that works well is a narrowly focused empirical study. For example, you might look at term papers written by ten other students for whom English is a second language and identify one type of error -- article usage or agreement, for example -- and then analyze the prevalence of those errors with respect to different first languages. 

The trick to creating a project like this is to find a very narrow problem and do a comprehensive analysis of it.

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