- Module code: ET9D5
- Module name: Dissertation
- Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
- Credit: 60
Module content and teaching
The dissertation will give students the opportunity to put theory into practice and design a small-scale study that is meaningful and relevant in their professional contexts. More specifically, it will encourage students to reflect critically on issues and debates within TESOL and identify a topic for further research. It will provide students with an opportunity to explore this topic in depth, to develop a critical literature review, a suitable methodology and an appropriate approach to data analysis. All students will undertake a small-scale research project, largely independently.
Principal learning outcomes
Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of a selected topic within TESOL; identify knowledge gaps and develop research questions within an area of TESOL; search the literature effectively and develop own literature review; devise and carry out an appropriate, small scale research project within TESOL; communicate ideas effectively both in writing and in oral presentations; explain and justify the professional relevance of the research undertaken; draw links between theory and professional practice; develop principled approaches to research that are ethical, rigorous and relevant within TESOL.
Timetabled teaching activities
We run a 10 credit Research Methods in TESOL module in term 2 which prepares students for the dissertation. This concludes with a research proposal that is assessed. Students are allocated specialist supervisors based on their proposals. In term 3, supervisors run two sets of group meetings/seminars devoted to critiquing research articles and planning dissertation outlines. In term 3, we also run additional research methods workshops (supported by PhD students).
Other essential notes
|Assessment group||Assessment name||Percentage|
|60 CATS (Module code: ET9D5-60)|
|A (Assessed work only)||15,000 word dissertation||100%|
This module is available on the following courses:
- Postgraduate Taught TESOL (X9PR) - Year 1