EDM072-English and Language: Study Skills and Research Methods

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Anthony Zhang

Email: anthony.zhang@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module focuses on the development of English language and academic writing skills which are important for students who are studying for a Masters programme in Education. The structure of academic articles will be analysed and students will practise reflecting critically upon the written work of authors in the field. Students will receive training in basic concepts and research methods as relevant for English Language Teaching. We will discuss what the role of theories is in English Language Education, what hypotheses are and how key concepts can be operationalised and measured.


Aims:

The intention of this module is to provide a foundation of master’s level skills and knowledge for students whose first language is not English in order to facilitate their progress through the English and Language in Education course. While the content of the module will be M level, it will also act as a vehicle to develop essential English language skills, specialist linguistic terminology from the field of Second Language Education, and research knowledge and analytical skills relevant to the study of English and language in education. Examples of a corpus of essays written by Chinese students of English and native speakers of English will be used to sharpen students’ analytical abilities as well as their ability to notice differences in writing styles found in essays of both groups. Students will practise analysing the point of view of authors by focusing on examples from the academic literature.


Assessable learning outcomes:

In relation to the study of English Language and Education, by the end of the module students will be able to:



1. understand and refer to essential linguistic terminology and concepts, i.e. use the appropriate metalanguage;

2. understand the structure of academic articles and apply the conventions of academic writing;

3. develop skills in reading original research reports; 

4. critically evaluate their reading in terms of the quality of argumentation and evidence versus opinion;

5. understand fundamental concepts in quantitative and qualitative research in Education 

6. understand examples of best practice in investigating language and language learning;


Additional outcomes:

The improvement of listening and speaking skills through interaction with tutors and fellow students. Through a positive learning environment, the development of confidence to participate actively in modules across the master’s programme.


Outline content:

1. reading research papers (critical evaluation, evidence versus opinion);

2. general introduction to research paradigms;

3. basic research design;

4. relating theory to data in research in education;

5. analysing good practice in researching language and language learning;

6. presenting research work: practising writing up a critical analysis of a research paper


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:


  • Interactive seminars

  • Group discussions

  • Practical tasks in pairs and groups (e.g. analysis of linguistic data)

  • Presentations

  • On-line tasks will be made available through Blackboard


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 12
Tutorials 2
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Guided independent study: 168
       
Total hours by term 30
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:
None

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students must produce an individual 10 minute presentation and an essay of approximately 3,000 words. 


Formative assessment methods:

Students will be set a 500 word writing task on which they will receive feedback.


Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

50%


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmissions must be submitted within one calendar month of the notification of failure.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: There are no required text books for this module. However, two useful books listed are Bell, J. (2010). Doing your research project (5th ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press ISBN: 978-0335215041 and Cohen, L., Manion, L., &Morrison, K. (2011). Research methods in Education (7th ed.). Abingdon: Routledge ISBN: 978-0415583367.

These texts are available in the library or you may be able to source them more cheaply than the publisher’s recommended price (£21.99 for Bell (2010) and £30.00 for Cohen et al. (2011).

Many items on the reading list are journal articles that are freely available via the University Library databases.

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Last updated: 1 August 2019

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