Second Language Classroom Research (distance)

This module aims to develop students’ ability to interpret, evaluate and apply methods for investigating instructed L2 language learning, This includes ways to collect, transcribe, describe, code, analyze and discuss data, preparing students to carry out empirical investigations for their dissertation. The following topics are covered:

· Identify research problems and questions

· Decide on appropriate and feasible methods of answering research questions

· Choose, design, and/or adapt data elicitation measures, and pilot-test them effectively

· Ensure that research is valid and reliable

· Address ethical concerns involved in conducting research with human participants

· Collect, transcribe, describe, code, and analyze data

· Understand mixed-methods classroom research, triangulating different perspectives

· Use a variety of tools for data collection and analysis

· Analyze and critique research designs in the published literature