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ET9D5 - Dissertation

  • Module code: ET9D5
  • Module name: Dissertation
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 60

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

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).

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Other essential notes

60 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
60 CATS (Module code: ET9D5-60)
A (Assessed work only) 15,000 word dissertation 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught TESOL (X9PR) - Year 1
Optional Core