Research Project in L2 Education

Subject EDUC90746 (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:

April, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 19-Mar-2016
Teaching Period 02-Apr-2016 to 28-May-2016
Assessment Period End 10-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 21-Mar-2016
Census Date 08-Apr-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 13-May-2016

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 25-Jul-2016
Teaching Period 27-Aug-2016 to 22-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 04-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 01-Aug-2016
Census Date 02-Sep-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

This subject has a pre-teaching period:

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 (4 x 6 hour 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 Yvette Slaughter


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 in subject (40 %)
  • Essay-based report of findings - 3000 words, due end of subject (60%)

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

Prescribed Texts:

Lambert, M. (2012). A Beginner's Guide to Doing Your Education Research Project. 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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