SEL8500 : Research Methods in Language and Linguistics

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


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

Module outline
Semester 1

Linguistics component
Normally, a one-hour lecture and one-hour supporting seminar per week.

Library component
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.

Semester 2
Library component
Library refresher = 1 hour (February)

Linguistics component
Dissertation meetings = 4 hours (February/March)
Dissertation proposal presentations = 6 hours (May)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1155:00155:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops131:0013:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL8512Research Methods in Language and Linguistics II
SEL8511Research Methods in Language and Linguistics I
SEL8531Research 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation152A20Oral presentation on research proposal essay given Pecha Kucha style
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A20Critical evaluation of research methods (1,500 words)
Written exercise2M20Related to research talks
Essay2A40Summative 2,000 word essay detailing research proposal
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MFormative 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.

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