Research Methodology in L2 Education

Subject EDUC90745 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 29-Feb-2016
Teaching Period 05-Mar-2016 to 12-Mar-2016
Assessment Period End 10-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 01-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 25-Jul-2016
Teaching Period 30-Jul-2016 to 06-Aug-2016
Assessment Period End 04-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 26-Jul-2016
Census Date 19-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 30-Sep-2016

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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, 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 Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Russell Cross, Dr Yvette Slaughter


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.

Learning Outcomes:

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%

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts:

Creswell, J. W. (2014) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (4th 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 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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