This course seeks to enable graduate students to develop their ability to critically evaluate academic articles and papers, including research studies, in the field of English language teaching. It centers on ways of evaluating the researchability of specific questions, the relevance of research rationales and research methods used for investigation. The course is also meant to help students improve basic academic writing skills as they write different types of academic texts often required in graduate courses.
The course aims to offer participants opportunities to:
- Familiarize themselves with a range of research paradigms and designs appropriate for doing research in the field of English language teaching and learning.
- Find and engage with literature relevant to the main research emphases for students and faculty in the master’s program.
- Critically analyze research into English language teaching and evaluate the viability and effectiveness of research questions and approaches.
- Develop general academic writing skills (summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, citing, referencing, etc.) necessary for writing different types of academic texts.