This course is an introduction to the most common approaches used in EFL/ESL research, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods designs. We will pay particular attention to action research, to provide teachers with a reflection tool to improve their classroom practices. This course will cover topics such as: research paradigms, research designs, research problems, research questions, the role of the literature review, diagnostic evaluation of the research problem, planning research and application of an innovation to solve the problem (if applicable).
The course aims to offer participants opportunities to:
- Examine the main theoretical perspectives/paradigms/approaches in second language research.
- Identify the role of the research questions, methodology and literature review in the research process
- Enable students to prepare for a viable complete research design appropriate for M-level work