module specification

LN7P08 - Teaching Languages Dissertation (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module title Teaching Languages Dissertation
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 60
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 600
600 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Dissertation 100%   12,000 - 15,000 written dissertation
Running in 2020/21
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester LMET Distance Learning Not applicable -
Summer studies LMET Distance Learning - -
Spring semester LMET Distance Learning Not applicable -
Summer studies North Not applicable -
Autumn semester North Not applicable -
Spring semester North Not applicable -

Module summary

This module is a supervised but independent research study leading to a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation. It offers students the chance to explore a disciplinary topic that is of particular interest or relevance to themselves. Students can conduct Classroom Research on aspects of English language teaching and learning, or they can choose other relevant themes such as sociolinguistics, linguistics, literacy and oracy, educational cultures, or intercultural communication. Students draw on different data collection methodologies and use relevant paradigms in analysing their data.
The module enables students to explore areas of interest and personal and/or professional relevance within a supported and supportive framework.  It aims at stretching students’ own expectations of what they can achieve and develops their disciplinary knowledge and understanding as well as their confidence in working with disciplinary theory.
Specifically it aims to:
  enable students to pursue an area of personal disciplinary interest in a way that demands rigorous analytical and critical thinking and which encourages them to push their own personal and professional boundaries
  challenge students to formulate fresh and original questions, undertake research that addresses them and provide persuasive and academically sustainable arguments to support them
  consolidate and develop students’ ability to critically review and make use of an extensive and appropriate bibliography in their own work
  develop students’ own understanding of the relationship between research, theory, practice and ‘real world’ problems
  develop students’ independence as self-directed and self-motivated professionals in problem posing and problem solving through the design, the undertaking and the writing about their research.

Prior learning requirements

Taught modules for DL MA ELT


N/A, as it varies from student to student and from research topic to research topic. ALL LO'S

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will have access to a dedicated module site where they will find online forums. They will have access to the university library website and make use of electronic journals, ebooks, databases and full text journals. Support for developing and improving IT skills as well as information on other web based study support are available on the library website. Students will have a nominated tutor who will support and guide them through the module and who they can consult by email or telephone.
Research training is conducted during the Research Methods Module during which students formulate their ideas for their dissertation. They are allocated a supervisor at the beginning of the dissertation phase and can have an initial tutorial via WebLearn/email/phone to discuss their research proposal.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. suggest, design and undertake future research in the field
2. describe, analyse and evaluate theory in English language teaching, learning, linguistics and education and use this in professional and personal decision making
3. write extensively, critically and persuasively on debates and issues in the field of ELT demonstrating the interface between practice, research and theory
4. make useful contributions to national debates and practices in the English language and English language education related issues in their own country or elsewhere
5. continue to advance their knowledge and understanding and develop their research skills to match the demands of their professional life

Assessment strategy

Assessed by a written 12,000-15,000 word dissertation


Books and journal articles:
(students produce their own bibliographies in consultation with their supervisors)

Books and journal articles:

Alwright, D. (1993) Observation in the language classroom. London: Longman.
Bazeley, P. (2013) Qualitative data analysis: Practical strategies. London: Sage.
Blommaert, J. & Dong, J. (2010) Ethnographic fieldwork: A beginner’s guide. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
Burns, A. (2005) State of the art article: Action research, an evolving paradigm? Language Teaching, vol. 38 (2), 57-74.
Cameron, D. (2001) Working with spoken discourse. London: Sage.
Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2011) Research methods in education. 7th edition. London: Routledge.
Cresswell, J. (2013) Research design: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. 4th edition. London: Sage.
Cresswell, J. (2013) Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches. London: Sage.
Dornyei, Z. (2010) Questionnaires in second language research. 2nd edition. New York: Routledge.
Dornyei, Z. (2007) Research methods in applied linguistics. Oxford: OUP.
Litosseliti, L. (2010) Research Methods in Linguistics. London: Continuum.
Riazi, M. (2017) Mixed Methods Research in Language Teaching and Learning. London:        Equinox Publishing.

ELT Journal
International Journal of Applied Linguistics
Journal of Applied Linguistics
Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics
Modern Journal of Applied Linguistics
The Modern Language Journal
Journal of Language Teaching and Research
Language Learning Journal
TESOL Journal
The Linguistics Journal
Research in Education
Research in Language and Social Interaction

BERA (British Educational Research Association)
HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area
BAAL  (British Association for Applied Linguistics)