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Research Methods in Language Learning & Teaching - EDU00033M

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Zoe Handley
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

To introduce students to the main methods used to research language learning and teaching

Module learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the module should be able to:

  • Exhibit knowledge and understanding of a wide range of methods for carrying out research in language education
  • Critically consume research reports in terms of the suitability of their methods and the implications the methods have on the substantive claims made

Academic and graduate skills

  • Understanding and evaluating methods used in existing educational research
  • Construction of appropriate research design for any given research question
  • Selection of suitable methods of data collection and analysis
  • Ability to accurately and critically report research outcomes
  • Other learning outcomes (if applicable)
  • Practical experience of conducting small-scale research in the Applied Linguistics area


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Research Methods in Language Learning & Teaching
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Research Methods in Language Learning & Teaching
2 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be provided on the examination script and in face-to-face supervisions

Indicative reading

Brown, J. D., & Rodgers, T. (2003). Doing second language research. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Chaudron, C. (1988). Second language classrooms: Research on teaching and learning. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2000). Research methods in education (5th ed.). London: Routledge Falmer.
Mackey, A., & Gass, S. (2005). Second language research: Methodology and design. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Wray, A., Trott, K., & Bloomer, A. (1998). Projects in linguistics: A practical guide to researching language. London: Arnold.

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