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120002 SE MEd 03: SE Applied Research Seminar (2020W)

Investigating individual differences in second language learning

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 19 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Hybrid (online and face to face) teaching
Planned in person teaching dates:
5.10 18:15 - 19:45 SR5
12.10 18:15 - 19:45 SR5
11.01 18:15 - 19:45 SR5 presentations
18.01 18:15 - 19:45 SR5 presentations
25.01. 18:15 - 19:45 SR5 presentations
remaining sessions online

UPDATE on Nov 2nd: all teaching will be digital.

Montag 05.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Seminarraum 5 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Montag 12.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Seminarraum 5 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Montag 19.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Montag 09.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Montag 16.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Montag 23.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Montag 30.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Montag 07.12. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Montag 14.12. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Montag 11.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Seminarraum 5 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Montag 18.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Seminarraum 5 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Montag 25.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Seminarraum 5 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course is designed to offer an insight into how different research methods, approaches and tools can be used to investigate the role of individual differences in the learning of additional languages. The module aims to develop students’ ability to interpret, evaluate and apply methods for examining factors that can influence second language learning. In the module students will gain hands-on experience in collecting, transcribing, describing, coding, analyzing and discussing data, preparing students to carry out empirical investigations on second language motivation, language learning anxiety, willingness to communicate, learning strategies and cognitive factors. Students will learn how to identify research problems and questions about individual differences in language learning, how to select appropriate methods of answering research questions, how to ensure the validity and reliability of research and to use a variety of tools for data collection and analysis. Specific research tools focused on will include questionnaires, interviews, verbal protocols, second language data elicitation and cognitive test tools.

Participants will develop their ability to engage in academic discussions by participating in discussion and improve their critical thinking and writing skills by carrying out the course assignments. Students will also gain hands-on experience in SLA research by conducting a small-scale group project and develop their presentation skills as part of the group presentation sessions.

Each theme will be introduced by short lectures and readings which will be followed by group discussion activities. Students will work in groups and carry out a small-scale research project and present it to the class in simulated conference sessions. The course will provide guidance on the projects.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

In order to successfully complete the course, students have to do all of the following:
• Participate actively in class, i.e. regular attendance, completion of short in-class and homework assignments, active participation in discussions
-Complete two short methods assignment tasks during the course (max. 20 points per task, i.e. max. 40 points in total)
- Participate actively in the group project and presentation (max. 60 points in total)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Attendance is obligatory (max. 2 absences)
A maximum of 100 points can be achieved.
0-59 = Nicht genügend
60-69= Genügend
70 -79= Befriedigend
80 - 89= Gut
90-100 = Sehr gut


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There is no sit-down exam. As indicated above, understanding the rationale and the means of applying research methods, both independently and in connection with a larger research project, is shown through successful completion of tasks and the group project.


Bibliographies will be provided in class and on moodle.
Some selected readings:

Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2017) Research methods in education Routledge.
Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2017). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. London: Sage.
Dörnyei, Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics: Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Brown, J.D. & Rogers, T. (2002) Doing second language research. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Mackey, A. & S. M. Gass (2005) Second language research: Methodology and design. Mahwah, NJ; London, Lawrence Erlbaum.
Mackey, A., & Gass, S. M. (Eds.). (2011). Research methods in second language acquisition: A practical guide (Vol. 7). John Wiley & Sons.

Phakiti, A., De Costa, P., Plonsky, L., & Starfield, S.(Eds.) (2018), The Palgrave Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology. London: Palgrave.

Selected articles from the journals of Language Teaching Research, Language Learning, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Modern Language Journal

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: MEd 046/507
Code/Modul: MEd 03
Lehrinhalt: 12-4830

Letzte Änderung: Di 14.12.2021 13:48