Componente de Investigación

Componente de Investigación (4)

Miércoles, 02 Mayo 2018 16:56

Final Thesis

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Course Description

 

The final thesis is a consolidation of the independent research study they have been working on since the second semester. This course is self-managed, under the guidance of a thesis advisor, and intended to build on knowledge and skills acquired from the previous research modules. The completion of the final thesis involves the identification of and critical analysis of a problem or question relevant to English language pedagogy, and an extensive exploration of relevant literature, including current research.

Miércoles, 02 Mayo 2018 16:54

Thesis Research

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Course Description

This course guides participants to build research knowledge as they navigate theoretical principles, reflect upon them and connect them with preparatory practices in seminar sessions, but most importantly with their own research work as they plan and implement concrete courses of action to answer their thesis research questions and to achieve their objectives. The course offers a myriad of tools and strategies to ensure participants can carry out the innovation stage derived from the diagnostic and planning stages they conducted in the previous course (Research Methods). They will refine preparations and conduct the action/intervention stage of their project, collect and analyze the data and start putting things together as a preparation for the write-up in the final course the following semester.

 

Learning Outcomes

The course offers language teachers opportunities to:

  • Assess research objectives and contexts in order to design suitable strategies that help course participants gain lawful access to research sites and potential population.
  • Conceive, plan and implement the necessary research instruments for data collection.
  • Analyze the information collected and work on the final findings and results.
  • Develop understandings about how to write the research design, data analysis and conclusions chapters of their thesis.
Miércoles, 02 Mayo 2018 16:54

Research Methods

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Course Description

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).

 

Learning outcomes

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
Miércoles, 25 Abril 2018 19:09

Introduction to Research and Academic Practices

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Course Description

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.

 

Learning Outcomes

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.