7 x 2-hour workshops per semester
5 x 2-hour supervised studies per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 ^ ESOL8001 - Second Language Learning and Teaching
2 ESOL8701 - Second Language Classroom Research 1
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2))
Enrolment not permitted
ESOL8007 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic requires students to undertake a mini-research project in any area of TESOL. Each student will choose a project based on their interests, and work closely with their supervisor to complete an in-depth study. Assessment for the topic consists of a major assignment of 3000 words to be written under the supervision of a member of staff in the Department of Languages, allowing students to focus on one area of interest in depth and to develop a major piece of written work. The assignment will give evidence of the student's abilities in collecting and evaluating information; constructing, testing or defending an argument or thesis; and critically examining the available literature in their area of enquiry. The chosen area of study must be developed in consultation with the supervisor
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • develop advanced independent research skills in one area of TESOL theory or practice

  • allow students to generate particular skills/knowledge relating to an area of TESOL theory or practice

  • improve students' research skills and ability to critically evaluate literature

  • develop students’ skills in justifying and interpreting theoretical positions, and the ability to construct, test and defend an argument
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • apply theoretical propositions to an appropriate research methodology, as part of an extended research project

  • critically assess literature relating to TESOL theory and practice

  • carry out research in a specialised area, including the analysis of complex ideas

  • construct, test and defend an argument

  • demonstrate a mastery of theoretical, practical and/or political approaches to TESOL