SEL8500 : Research Methods in Language and Linguistics
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Cristina Dye
- Lecturer: Dr Damien Hall, Dr Heike Pichler, Dr Adam Mearns, Dr Geoffrey Poole, Mrs Sharon Robinson, Dr William van der Wurff, Dr Joel Wallenberg, Dr SJ Hannahs, Professor Martha Young-Scholten
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value:
Semester 2 Credit Value:
1. To give students an awareness of the broad study of linguistics and English Language.
2. To equip students with the tools to carry out research in the subfield of linguistics or English Language in which they are interested.
3. To enable students to appraise research critically.
4. To hone students' writing skills, with particular focus on argumentation.
5. To develop students' oral skills in presentation of their own work.
Outline Of Syllabus
Normally, a one-hour lecture and one-hour supporting seminar per week.
Two-hour sessions, partly in workshop format, on a range of topics that may include:
- Introduction to the Library’s resources and services
- Searching the research literature
- Referencing and annotation software
- Scholarly communication in the 21st century
Individual Research Assistance and supplementary sessions for non-native speakers of English will also be available.
Library refresher = 1 hour (February)
Dissertation meetings = 4 hours (February/March)
Dissertation proposal presentations = 6 hours (May)
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||155:00||155:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||14||1:00||14:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||18||1:00||18:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||13||1:00||13:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|SEL8512||Research Methods in Language and Linguistics II|
|SEL8511||Research Methods in Language and Linguistics I|
|SEL8531||Research methods for IPhD students|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will be used primarily to impart information and provide an overall coherence for the module.
Seminars, tutorials and practicals will build skills as well as focus on problem-solving and numeracy. They also aim to enhance intrepretation of divergent approaches to language, improve oral presentation skills and build team work in a specific area.
Semester 2 seminars, lectures and workshops will prepare students for starting to work on the dissertation.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Oral Presentation||15||2||A||20||Oral presentation on research proposal essay given Pecha Kucha style|
|Essay||1||A||20||Critical evaluation of research methods (1,500 words)|
|Written exercise||2||M||20||Related to research talks|
|Essay||2||A||40||Summative 2,000 word essay detailing research proposal|
|Essay||1||M||Formative 1,000 word diagnostic essay|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The assessment measures students' incremental development in the skills underpinning the processes involved in carrying out shorter and longer pieces of work in linguistics or English language in general, and in their specific area of interest.
NOTE: This module receives a numerical mark that contributes to the student's degree.