Researching Language in Use (817Q1A)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

We introduce you to the practice of research into Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

The development of a research question, methodology and argumentation are explored through the topical theme of 'language in use'.

We read works on this theme that exemplify good practice in research and argumentation. You’ll critically reflect on and discuss methodologies and practices used in these and other works.

You’ll cover the following aspects of language research:

  • accessing authoritative materials and using them appropriately
  • identifying tractable research questions
  • interpreting research findings
  • identifying and evaluating methods with reference to research questions and contexts
  • structuring an argument
  • ethical considerations
  • self- and peer- evaluation.

To put these skills into practice, you’ll complete assessed research exercises.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.