Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (Language Teaching) (REDU11090)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The dissertation (approximately 12,000 words) is the outcome of a guided process of research - planning, implementation and writing up - largely carried out in the last three months of the programme. In it, candidates are encouraged to explore links between theory, their own research findings, and the practical realities of their own teaching context. Examples of possible dissertation topics are:
- evaluation of teaching materials on paper and/or in observed use
- pedagogical description of a specific language area for a specific learner group
- case studies of classes or learners
- needs analysis for teaching a language for specific purposes
- test evaluation and design.
Students receive individual guidance in preparing and implementing their research plans.
There are a number of possible types of dissertation that may be considered appropriate (e.g. empirical research, desk-based research, research proposal). Students in discussion with their supervisors and with the MSc Dissertation Director should decide the focus and design of the study. Whether empirical or not, the dissertation should demonstrate an understanding of research design, data collection and analysis, presentation and research ethics.
Before writing the dissertation and/or collecting any data, students must submit a detailed dissertation proposal and they must obtain ethical approval for their project. If the proposal is satisfactory, a student may begin work on the dissertation. Students will receive support and guidance from their supervisor while developing their proposals and while carrying out the project.
In addition students will be able to access school level support in the form of evening lectures and a week of sessions covering different aspects of research design, data collection and data analysis. MSc Language Teaching students will also receive (jointly with MSc TESOL students) research support specific to the field of Language Teaching.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- use appropriate skills in library and electronic research;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding, at a basic level, of a range of research paradigms and research instruments;
- apply theapply the above knowledge and understanding in the evaluation of published research and in the design and implementation of their own research, paying due attention to the fit between context, purpose, paradigm and instrument;
- produce academic writing of an acceptable standard
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
Constructing academic discourse
|Course organiser||Dr Florence Bonacina-Pugh
Tel: (0131 6)51 6359
|Course secretary||Mrs Moira Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 6206