Universität Wien FIND

120005 SE MEd 03: SE Applied Research Seminar (2020S)

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 served).


max. 18 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 10.03. 16:00 - 17:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 24.03. 16:00 - 19:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 21.04. 16:00 - 19:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 05.05. 16:00 - 19:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 19.05. 16:00 - 19:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 16.06. 16:00 - 19:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 30.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course aims at familiarising MEd students with current research in English language learning and teaching, primarily through a focus on frequently used research methods. More precisely, students will
• understand the rationale and means of applying five selected research methods
• be able to show their ability to use these methods in selected tasks
• understand the link between research method and research
The methods addressed are:
• Interviews and questionnaires
• Qualitiative content analysis (with software support)
• Reader Response
• Corpus linguistics
• Multimodal perspectives: 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
• Complete one method task for four of the research method presented (max. 15 points per task, i.e. max. 60 points in total) in total

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance is obligatory (max. 2 absences)
A maximum of 60 points can be achieved.
0-36 = Nicht genügend
37-42= Genügend
43 -48= Befriedigend
49 - 54= Gut
55-60 = 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

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