Research Project in L2 Education

Subject EDUC90746 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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

125 hours. Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prerequisites: None

These subjects should be taken concurrently.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Second language teaching experience highly recommended

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Russell Cross


Education Student Centre
234 Queensberry Street
Call: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject will have students apply various traditions in second language educational research to an area of their professional/academic interest. It will be structured around three broad stands of second language education research, including literature, document-based, and practitioner-based approaches. Students will conduct a minor research project, and explore issues in the design of a research project, data collection/analysis, and reporting findings, through collaborative workshops.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will:

  • Design a small research project in second language education;
  • Conduct a small research project in second language education involving data collection/analysis;
  • Report findings on a small research in second language education;
  • Critically appraise and give feedback on small scale research in second language education.

Essay based proposal – 2000 words, due early semester, 40 %

Essay based report of findings - 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
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will:

  • Understand a range of research practices more fully;
  • Understand the dependence of research results on the methodology and analytical framework employed.
  • Develop skills for reporting research findings.
Related Course(s): Master of Education (CLIL)
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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