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CODE ELP5005

 
TITLE Research Methods in TESOL

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Centre for English Language Proficiency

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will focus on the frameworks and tools which are most relevant for describing languages, and for studying the ways in which English is taught and learnt. Students will be given a core grounding in Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, and Pragmatics. They will also become familiar with a range of methods of research and analysis relevant to the TESOL context. This knowledge and information will also be built upon as students are guided towards developing appropriate research questions and identifying the most useful methods and tools to address those questions.

Study-unit Aims:

- To ensure all students are familiar with the relevant frameworks for describing language and the relevant methods and tools for studying how English is learnt and taught;
- To guide students toward developing a research question or hypothesis;
- To provide students with the space to engage critically with their readings;
- To help students make the link between a range of research questions and the tools needed to address those questions;
- To help students understand how to design a range of research instruments; and
- To help students to understand how to analyse, organise and discuss data.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify and use the main linguistic frameworks needed to describe the English language (Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, and Pragmatics);
- Critically assess different methods of research in relation to a given question;
- Identify and describe the different research methods presented in a range of papers, studies and/or talks, and critically assess them;
- Demonstrate how to design a range of research instruments.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Be conversant with the main linguistic frameworks;
- Apply the terminology and linguistic tools to analyse a given language question;
- Engage critically with studies related to the area of the discipline in focus;
- Design research projects using different approaches, including action research;
- Present a rationale for a selected research question or hypothesis;
- Evaluate and select the methodology suitable for a given research area;
- Design a range of research instruments related to different data collection methods, including classroom observation, surveys and interviews;
- Analyse and discuss data collected by means of different research methods.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Required Reading:

- Brinton, L., & Brinton, D. (2010). The linguistic structure of modern English (2nd ed.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
- Charmanz, K. (2006). Constructing grounded theory: A practical guide through qualitative analysis. London: Sage.
- Dawson, C. (2007). Introduction to research methods. Oxford: Howtobooks.
- Silverman, D. (2006). Interpreting qualitative data. London: Sage.
- Paltridge, B. & Phakiti, A. (2015). Research methods in applied linguistics: A practical resource (2nd ed.) London: Bloomsbury Academic.
- Rasinger, S. M. (2008). Quantitative research in linguistics: An Introduction. London: Continuum.
- Wray, A., Trott, K., & Bloomer, A. (2006). Projects in linguistics: A practical guide to researching language (2nd ed.). London: Arnold.

Note: All texts are/will be available through the library or as part of the lecturers' resources. Students will be given a comprehensive study pack at the start of the study-unit.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Online Learning, Lecture & Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (20 Minutes) Yes 40%
Assignment Yes 60%

 
LECTURER/S Sarah Grech
Odette Vassallo
Daniel Xerri

 
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