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ALC8020 : Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills required to design and carry out independent research in the area of applied linguistics and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). It introduces the key research approaches and a variety of research methods used in investigating language teaching and learning. It will take a step-by-step approach through the process, from getting to know the key concepts involved in applied linguistics research, to the design, carrying out a research project, and interpreting the research findings. It also introduces students to exemplary research articles in this area.

Outline Of Syllabus

Here is a sample outline, but individual sessions may be subject to change.

Week 1 Introduction to the module. Overview of research in Applied Linguistics

Weeks 2-3 Introduction to research in Applied Linguistics/ Generating ideas for research

Week 3 Librarian and Information skills: Introduction to resources

Weeks 4-11 Theoretical approaches in Applied Linguistics, data collection and analysis, ethics
These sessions may include introduction to the following topics:
•       Searching the literature. Engaging with literature. Appropriate referencing.
Survey-based research
•       Interviews
Mixed methods research
•       Classroom Observation and Interaction
•       Experimental methods
•       Researching online language learning contexts

Weeks 12-19 Data collection and analysis lectures and workshops.
These sessions may include introduction to the following topics:
•       Introduction to Conversation Analysis
•       Analysing qualitative data
•       Analysing quantitative data

There will also be an additional library skills session: Developing a research strategy

Weeks 20-21 Formulating your research questions; Research design: Rationale, Literature review, Methodology; Writing your research proposal

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:001-2 videos per week with activities
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00Personal further reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:002 hr PiP sessions (sem 1)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching181:0018:00One hour zoom session every week.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00PiP welcome session (week 1)
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:3027:001-2 readings per week with activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:001 hr PiP research methods workshops (sem 2)
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity181:0018:00One hour per week on reflective learning journal
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials will introduce new research methods topics each week, and will facilitate structured guided learning, in the form of related activities, reading tasks and online discussion. Synchronous online sessions and present-in-person small group classroom sessions will enable further group work, discussion and reflection in relation to each topic. In some weeks, students will practise their data collection and analysis techniques in workshops. Throughout the module, students will be prepared for conducting their own research project (conducted in ALC8098 Dissertation). A reflective learning journal will enable students to log, and reflect on, their learning activities each week.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M30Critique of a research method (1000 words), submitted at end of week 9
Research proposal2A702500 word research proposal as preparation for the dissertation, submitted at end of semester 2 teaching
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Ability to critically evaluate link between theory and research, as well as strengths and limitations of research methods, will be assessed in the research method critique. Other knowledge outcomes, and skills outcomes, including ability to identify gaps in the field of research, to identify links between research and practice, and design a research project, will be assessed through a written research proposal.

Reading Lists

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