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ENG518 : Research Methodology in ELT

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

Research methodology provides a comprehensive treatment of basic and more advanced research methodologies in applied linguistics and offers an advanced review of methods particular to various domains within the field. The course has been arranged thematically in 204 topics, across 40 lessons, it covers a range of research approaches, presents current perspectives, and addresses key issues in different research methods, starting from the basics of research to designing and implementing research instruments and techniques, and analyzing different types of applied linguistics data. Innovations, challenges and trends in applied linguistics research are examined throughout the course. As such it offers an up-to-date and highly accessible entry point into both established and emerging approaches that will offer fresh possibilities and perspectives as well as thorough consideration of best practices. This wide-ranging course will prove a valuable resource to applied linguists at all academic levels, including related fields of language learning and teaching, multilingualism, corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, discourse analysis and pragmatics, language assessment, language policy and planning.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • understand and have an overview of the fundamentals of research methods used in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT).
  • critically evaluate a research problem and formulate research questions and objectives for a study to address the issue.
  • define relevant research terminology.
  • design valid data collection instruments, such as surveys and interviews and language tests.
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between research aims, methods of data collection and analysis.
  • use qualitative and quantitative methods for summarizing and evaluating empirical data.
  • understand and critically evaluate research studies on language learning and teaching.
  • avoid plagiarism and manage information using an appropriate documenting style.
  • know and apply the three basic referencing styles (MLA, CMS and APA) used in social sciences.
  • formulate (in a particular context) the major components of a research study (e.g., title, abstract, introduction, research design, discussion and conclusion)
  • have an idea about carrying on qualitative research studies (such as in literature).
  • present a research proposal and critically argue to defend the research design.

Course Calendar

What is Research? (Topic 1-5)1Handouts
Research in English Language Teaching (ELT) [Applied Linguistics] (Topic 6-10)2Handouts
Classification of Research (Topics 11-15)3Handouts
Assortment of a Problem (Topics 16-20)4Handouts
Foundation of a Hypothesis (Topics 21-25)5Handouts
Research Variables (Topics 26-28)6Handouts
How to Locate Research? (Topics 29-33)7Handouts
Locating Primary Research (Topics 34-38)8Handouts
Exploring Primary Research in ELT (Topics 39-41)9Handouts
Quiz I
Understanding Where Data Come From? (Topics 42-46)10Handouts
Research Planning and Sampling (Topics 47-51)11Handouts
Avoiding Errors in Sampling (Topics 52-57)12Handouts
Classifying Research Designs (Topics 58-62)13Handouts
Questions and Research Designs (Topics 63-67)14Handouts
Q&RD: Extraneous Factors to Avoid (Topics 68-72)15Handouts
Data Collection Procedures (Topics 73-77)16Handouts
Qualities of a Good Data Gathering Procedures (Topics 78-82)17Handouts
Understanding Research Results (Topics 83-87)18Handouts
Understanding Research Results-II (Topics 88-91)19Handouts
Writing Discussion of Your Research (Topics 92-95)20Handouts
Writing Your Conclusion (Topics 96-100)21Handouts
Major Quiz
Constructing a Research Literature Review (Topics 101-105)22Handouts
Doing a Research Literature Review (Topics 106-113)23Handouts
Writing a Research Literature Review (Topics 114-118)24Handouts
Qualitative Research and Qualitative Data Analysis (Topics 119-123)25Handouts
Qualitative Data Analysis (Topics 124-127)26Handouts
QDA: Using Software for Analysis (Topics 128-131)27Handouts
Action Research (Topics 132-136)28Handouts
Survey Method (Topics 137-141)29Handouts
Experimental Method (Topic 142-149)30Handouts
Historical Research (Topic 150-154)31Handouts
Case Studies (Topics 155-159)32Handouts
Framework of a Primary Research Article (Topics 160-166)33Handouts
Assignment 2
Writing a Research Proposal and Synopsis (Topics 167-170)34Handouts
Managing Information and Avoiding Plagiarism (Topics 171-175)35Handouts
Choosing a Documenting Style - APA (Topic 176-180)36Handouts
Research Methods in Literature – I (Topics 181-185)37Handouts
Research Methods in Literature – II (Topics 186-192)38Handouts
Research Methods in Literature – III (Topics 193-198)39Handouts
Postmid Quiz
Choosing a Documenting Style - MLA and CMS (Topics 199-204)40Handouts
Final Term Exam
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