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120004 SE MEd 03: SE Applied Research Seminar (2019S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 18 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 25.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 08.04. 16:45 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 06.05. 16:45 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 20.05. 16:45 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 03.06. 16:45 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 24.06. 16:45 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course aims at familiarising MEd students with general questions of research design and some of the most frequently used research methods in the area of English Language Teaching and Learning. More precisely, students will be able
• to understand the rationale and means of applying five selected research methods
• will show their ability to use these methods in selected tasks
• will be able to outline and justify a research proposal employing one of these methods.
The methods addressed are:
• Interviews and questionnaires
• Close contextual reading
• Classroom observation
• Corpus linguistics
• Social semiotics

Assessment and permitted materials

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 (max. 10 points)
• Complete one method task for each research method presented (max. 15 points per task, i.e. max. 75 points in total) in total
• Complete a project design task (max. 15 points)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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

Examination topics

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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.

Reading list

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

Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2017) Research methods in education Routledge.
Friginal, E. (2018) Corpus linguistics for English language teachers. Routledge
Dörnyei, Z., & Taguchi, T. (2009). Questionnaires in second language research: Construction, administration, and processing. Routledge.
Kress, G. R., & Van Leeuwen, T. (1996). Reading images: The grammar of visual design. Psychology Press.
Kress, G(2009). Multimodality: A social semiotic approach to contemporary communication. Routledge.
Pope, R. (2012) Studying English Literature and Language. An Introduction and Companion. 3rd ed. Routledge.
Reppen, R. (2010). Using corpora in the language classroom. Cambridge University Press.
Rex, L. A., & Schiller, L. (2010). Using discourse analysis to improve classroom interaction. Routledge.
Richards, K.; Ross, S. & Seedhouse, P. (2012) Research methods for applied language studies. Routledge.
Rymes, B. (2015) Classroom discourse analysis: A tool for critical reflection. Routledge.
Spolsky, B., & Hult, F. M. (Eds.). (2010). The handbook of educational linguistics. John Wiley & Sons.
Van Leeuwen, T. (2005). Introducing Social Semiotics. Routledge.
Walsh, S. (2011). Exploring classroom discourse: Language in action. Routledge

Association in the course directory

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

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:33