15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The course provides a practical introduction to how empirical research in applied linguistics is designed and executed. It also introduces basic statistical concepts and methods. The overall aim is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate published research and to undertake small-scale research projects. Among the topics covered are: the formulation of research questions and hypotheses, types of research design, data-gathering instruments (e.g. questionnaires), basic statistics, and the use of corpora in language research.

Staff Contact: HARWOOD NIGEL
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Classroom testing

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK