Research Project in L2 Education

Subject EDUC90746 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 02-Mar-2015
Teaching Period 28-Mar-2015 to 30-May-2015
Assessment Period End 12-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Mar-2015
Census Date 10-Apr-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 27-Jul-2015
Teaching Period 22-Aug-2015 to 24-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 06-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 31-Jul-2015
Census Date 28-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 02-Oct-2015

Pre-teaching period:

During the pre-teaching period, students will be required to complete reading that will be provided via LMS.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of research seminars
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
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 Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Russell Cross, Dr Ulrike Najar


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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%

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.

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.

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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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