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MA - Dissertation

You can start this module at any time. You will develop and apply principled procedures for investigating a specific area of language education and demonstrate expertise in different aspects of your investigation. You will work independently on your investigation project, which will make an original contribution to language education research.

This module carries 60 credits

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Location: Distance learning


Experience: Degree. language teaching experience


Language Level: B2/C1 or higher


Course dates: Continuous enrolment


Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA awarded by University of Chichester


Course Length: 12 weeks for proposal, up to 60 weeks for completion


Course fees: £2420


Accommodation: Homestay


Minimum age: 18


Max class size: 16


Free social and cultural programme


Cross-curricular and cultural workshops


Specialist ELT Library


Complementary eLearning platform

Course content


Conducting a literature review on the chosen topic


Framing of a proposal with a research question


Selecting and justifying your research methodology


Designing and using data collection tools


Collating and analysing data and reaching valid conclusions on your findings


The theories and procedures of research which are potentially applicable to language education


How to develop and apply principled procedures and methodologies for researching your chosen aspect of language education


How to present, analyse and interpret the findings of your investigation projects critically and clearly


How to make an original contribution to the field of language education research and/or materials development

The specific focus of this module will be determined on an individualised basis in negotiation between you and your dissertation supervisor

Further Information

This course will extend your understanding and critical awareness of:

  • Your own teaching practice with reference to current research, trends and views on language, language teaching methodology, language learning

  • Recent trends in language teaching methodology and their antecedents in the history of language teaching

  • The main factors which influence success and failure in language learning and the implications of these factors for teaching

  • How to gain a clear, practical view of language for teaching purposes

  • How to write language awareness materials for your own learners

  • How to conduct small-scale investigations into classroom practices, learners and their learning

  • How to reflect constructively on your o

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