LS2AEL-Applying English Language Studies

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: LS1SG Sounds, Grammar and Meaning LS1ELS English Language and Society
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: LS2LRP Language Research Project
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Tony Capstick


Summary module description:

This module aims to enhance students’ fundamental skills in English Language, by developing their research, analytical and communication skills. It also prepares the groundwork for their final year dissertation, LS3DI, and aims to give them a broader appreciation of the strengths and limitations of different types of linguistic investigation.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • understand the main procedures of research design for language studies;;
  • locate and evaluate reference sources, including journal articles and other texts relevant to applied linguistic research;
  • understand the difference between qualitative and quantitative research, and understand and explain the strengths and limitations of each approach;
  • become familiar with the design of data collection tools, how to locate and manage data sources, discuss analytic frameworks and linguistic measures;
  • analyse authentic data using qualitative and quantitative methods, including statistics;
  • organise their knowledge, articulate their arguments and present themselves effectively both in assessed written assignments and in oral presentaitons.

Additional outcomes:
Students will:

  • develop transferable skills (presenting in front of an audience, working as part of a group, communication skills, organisation skills, analytic skills, problem solving, negotiation);
  • increase their awareness of how the development of transferable skills can enhance students' employability,

Outline content:
The module will focus on the following areas and topics:

Research design: introduction to research, locating and reviewing relevant literature; introduction to different research approaches and to quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis; development of research plans.
Employability: Using transferable skills in job applications. Finding a career profile. Developing CVs and being successful in interviews.

Spring term:
Data collection tools: Designing questionnaires, interviews and focus groups. Recording and transcription of spoken data. Locating data from sources such as media and other records. Ethics.
Employability: development of transferable skills (group work, communication skills, analytical skills, research skills, problem solving, negotiation, organisation, making decisions).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, practical sessions, project supervision, guided independent study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 7 5
Project Supervision 5
Practicals classes and workshops 7 3 3
Guided independent study 71 72 27
Total hours by term 85.00 85.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 85
Practical skills assessment 15

Other information on summative assessment:

1.Research plan (800 words) - Autumn term (35%)
2. Oral Presentation Autumn Term (10%)
3.Statistics test - Autumn Term - (5%)
4.Dissertation Proposal (1500 words) Summer term - (50%)

Total percentage of coursework: 100%

Formative assessment methods:
•Dissertation research plan - Spring term

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-assessment by coursework to be submitted by 22nd August in the year the module is taken.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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