EL7034 - Linguistics Research Topics

APPLY NOW Book an Open Day Add to My Courses Register your interest / Course PDF

What will I learn on this module?

During this 30 credit module, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of current topics in linguistics research. You will develop a sense of the very broad current research context for linguistics, focusing on both psychological and social approaches. You will also explore some specific topics in depth. The module will begin with consideration of research fields and methods in linguistics overall before moving on to a series of case studies of current research activity. Each case study will involve consideration of the research context in which the project was carried out, critical evaluation of research reports and articles presenting the project, its methods and findings, development of your own arguments, and discussion of implications for future research. Discussion of each case study will conclude with discussion of possible new research directions.

On successful completion of this module, therefore, you will have developed a general awareness of the current research contexts in linguistics as a whole and detailed understanding of some specific research projects. You will be able to: reflect critically on the research methods used in existing research; critically evaluate specific research projects, their methods, analysis and findings; explore implications of specific projects; make appropriate suggestions for possible new research projects and critically evaluate these.

During this module, you will therefore develop your understanding of areas of research in linguistics, simultaneously developing your understanding of a range of theoretical approaches and methods.

Your studies during this module will help you plan and prepare for your subsequent Masters dissertation.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through weekly interactive lectures. Key themes and concepts will be introduced in lectures, supported by in-class group working, tasks, and discussion. All topics and tasks within the module will be supported by reference to relevant literature, which you will read outside of class to further develop your knowledge and understanding of the field. Students will give informal presentations summarising research reports and articles to initiate discussion of each case study.

In addition to learning during taught hours with the module tutor, you will be expected to undertake both directed and independent learning. Directed learning generally will take the form of preparation for interactive seminars where you will be expected to contribute to group work tasks and full class discussion. Independent learning generally will take the form of further reading and investigation, the consolidation of lecture notes, and revision/preparation for the assessment of the module.

All learning materials, tasks and readings will be posted on the eLP (e-learning portal) to facilitate full participation in the module. Additionally, you will receive formative feedback on your ideas and understandings throughout the module. The module’s final, summative assessment will also provide an opportunity for learning, the feedback from the assessment providing you with comment and ideas which you will be able to develop in Semester 2 as you work on other modules and prepare for your dissertation studies.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Interactive lectures will develop both your academic knowledge of key issues and principles in the design of appropriate research methodologies in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, including language education, and your practical ability to plan and undertake research effectively. Your academic development is also facilitated through engagement with the weekly readings and tasks including your own presentations, and also discussing theoretical and practical concerns with your tutor and peers.

The module handbook provides details of weekly topics, reading lists and assessment criteria; lecture materials are available on the eLP (see above). Module tutors will be available in lectures in ‘Feedback and consultation hours’ (i.e. ‘office hours’) and by appointment, and on email, to discuss any queries or concerns you have regarding any aspect of the module. Formative feedback will be given in an on-going basis throughout in-class tasks and activities.

In addition, you have a designated Guidance Tutor throughout the entire duration of your studies. The academic side of the Guidance Tutor’s role includes monitoring your ongoing academic progress, helping you to develop self-reflection skills necessary for continuous academic development, and directing you to further available services which can help them with their academic skills (e.g. the Library’s Skills Plus). You are advised to see your Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress. Additional language support is also available from the ESAP programme offered by the university’s Language Centre.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the scope of current research in linguistics and more detailed understanding of specific research projects


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Demonstrate the ability to critically read research reports and articles in terms of the suitability of their methods and the implications these methods have on the claims these papers make.
3. Demonstrate the ability to develop arguments based on previous research and to develop new research directions based on these.


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Demonstrate the ability to critically apply, interpret and present module knowledge, and critical reflections upon this knowledge, both orally and in writing.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment

You will present critical discussion of research articles and of your own ideas during interactive lectures and will receive formative feedback from the module tutor and peers on the pre- and in-class tasks you undertake, and any perspectives you share. This will enable you to develop your critical abilities and your understanding of how to develop new research projects.
Formative assessments address MLOs in ‘Knowledge and Understanding’, ‘Intellectual/Professional skills & abilities’, and ‘Personal Values Attributes’.

Summative (graded) assessment

1. 1,500 word critical discussion (MLOs 2, 3)
You will complete an essay presenting critical evaluation of one research article, identifying strengths and weaknesses with suggestions of possible future research directions.

2. 3,500 word essay (MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4)
You will complete an essay, based on previous research, discussing a current issue in linguistics, reviewing previous research on the topic, developing and presenting your own argument, and suggesting one possible research project designed to develop further understanding.

The two essays will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge of a range of research topics and current issues in line with the module content and addressing all of the module’s learning outcomes.

Feedback will be provided via comments on the essays and feedback forms and on a programme template, according to criteria outlined in the programme handbook.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

During this 30 credit module, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of current topics in linguistics research. You will develop a sense of the very broad current research context for linguistics, including both psychological and social approaches. The module will begin with consideration of research fields and methods in linguistics overall and then move on to a series of case studies of current research activity. Each case study will involve consideration of the research context in which the project was carried out, critical evaluation of research reports and articles presenting the project, its methods and its findings, development of your own arguments, and discussion of implications for future research. Discussion of each case study will conclude with discussion of possible new research directions.

On successful completion of this module, therefore, you will have developed a general awareness of the current research contexts in linguistics as a whole and detailed understanding of some specific research projects. You will be able to: reflect critically on the research methods used in existing research; critically evaluate specific research projects, their methods and their findings; explore implications of specific projects; make appropriate suggestions for possible new research projects and critically evaluate these.

During this module, you will therefore develop your understanding of areas of research in linguistics, simultaneously developing your understanding of a range of theoretical approaches and methods.

Your studies during this module will help you plan and prepare for your subsequent Masters dissertation.

What will I learn on this module?

During this 30 credit module, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of current topics in linguistics research. You will develop a sense of the very broad current research context for linguistics, focusing on both psychological and social approaches. You will also explore some specific topics in depth. The module will begin with consideration of research fields and methods in linguistics overall before moving on to a series of case studies of current research activity. Each case study will involve consideration of the research context in which the project was carried out, critical evaluation of research reports and articles presenting the project, its methods and findings, development of your own arguments, and discussion of implications for future research. Discussion of each case study will conclude with discussion of possible new research directions.

On successful completion of this module, therefore, you will have developed a general awareness of the current research contexts in linguistics as a whole and detailed understanding of some specific research projects. You will be able to: reflect critically on the research methods used in existing research; critically evaluate specific research projects, their methods, analysis and findings; explore implications of specific projects; make appropriate suggestions for possible new research projects and critically evaluate these.

During this module, you will therefore develop your understanding of areas of research in linguistics, simultaneously developing your understanding of a range of theoretical approaches and methods.

Your studies during this module will help you plan and prepare for your subsequent Masters dissertation.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
3 other options available

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

We continuously review and improve course content in consultation with our students and employers. To make sure we can inform you of any changes to your course register for updates on the course page.

Your Learning Experience find out about our distinctive approach at 
www.northumbria.ac.uk/exp

Admissions Terms and Conditions - northumbria.ac.uk/terms
Fees and Funding - northumbria.ac.uk/fees
Admissions Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/adpolicy
Admissions Complaints Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/complaints