The course will focus on methodological considerations in conducting empirical research. Practical issues involved in the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods in language teaching and learning will be highlighted. Insight will be given in how to process data after having used the most common data-collection techniques such as surveys, interviews and observations. The course is primarily intended for researchers in language teaching and learning who are interested in investigating user data or results of specific design practices and experiments in a more evidence-based manner.
All participants will receive a reader including the necessary didactic materials (handouts, PowerPoint slides, articles, etc.). During the course, participants will work in small groups according to their research theme, methodology and level. Each participant will have the opportunity to work with his/her own data set (if collected) and will have time to experiment with these data during the relevant sessions.
As many researchers in the language field encounter similar issues, discussion with peers will be encouraged under the guidance of our experienced lecturers. At the end of the course, each participant will be given the opportunity to have a personal consultation with the lecturers to discuss current research.