Research Methodology in L2 Education

Subject EDUC90745 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 16 hours of research seminars
Total Time Commitment:

125 hours

Prerequisites: None

These subjects should be taken concurrently.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Second language teaching experience highly recommended.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce students to various traditions in second language educational research. It will be structured around an investigation of several major research methodologies used in language education research, including the nature of second language education research, ethical approaches to research in second language education, using literature in second language education research, document-based approaches to second language education research, and practitioner based approaches to second language education research.


On completion of this subject, students will:

  • Reflect on the relationship between practice and research in second language education
  • Awareness of different approaches to research in second language education
  • Critically evaluate research literature using different methodologies in second language education

Reflective research/practice essay based task – 2000 words - due mid semester, 40%

Comparative research methodology essay based task - 3000 words - due end of semester, 60%

Prescribed Texts:

Creswell, J. W. (2008) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (3 rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Modern Languages Education (Stream A)
Master of Modern Languages Education (Stream B)
Master of TESOL (Stream A)
Master of TESOL (Stream B)

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