Course: Diploma Seminar

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Course title Diploma Seminar
Course code KAJ/4427
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Orlova Natalia, doc. CSc.
  • Brandon Mark, Dr. phil.
  • Haase Christoph, Dr. Ph.D., M.A.
Course content
The nature of research. Types of research. Structuring one's research: literature review. Structuring one's research: method and its components. Compiling and analyzing research data. Classroom research: interaction analyses. Experimental research and its design.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course is aimed at preparing students to write their master thesis in the field of EFL teaching. The students will learn the logistics of thesis writing that will include such basic issues as selecting the topic, formulating the hypothesis (or research questions) , reviewing the literature, describing the method, etc. The course is held in the form of a workshop.
* to be able to select literature relevant for the topic * to perform a literature review on a given topic of their choice according to APA or Chicago manual formatting and style guides; * to learn about the thesis structure and its macro components; * to be aware of different methods that can be employed while doing their research in TEFL; * to be able to design the study according to the Method components.
The topic of the potential thesis has to be discussed with and approved by the supervisor, and it has to be registered in STAG. It is strongly recommended to select the topic and enter it into the systém at the end of the first semester of Master studies.

Assessment methods and criteria
Individual consultations
Recommended literature
  • Bell, J. Doing Your Research Project. Open University Press, London, 1993.
  • Bitchener, J. Writing an applied linguistics thesis or dissertation: a guide to presenting empirical research. Basingstoke, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan., 2010.
  • Brown, J.D.& Rodgers, T.S. Doing Second Language Research. OUP. Oxford, 2002.
  • Burns, A. Collaborative Action Research for English Language Teachers. CUP. Cambridge, 1999.
  • Clark, I. L. Writing the successful thesis and dissertation: Entering the conversation.. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2007.
  • Clark, J.L., Murray, K.E. Scolarly writing: ideas: examples, and execution. Durham N.C. Carolina Academic Press, 2010.
  • Craswell, G. & Poore, M. Writing for academic success.. London : SAGE, 2012.
  • Murray, R. How to write a thesis (2nd ed.). Maidenhead, England OUP, 2006.
  • Wallace, M. Action Research for Language Teachers. CUP. Cambridge, 1998.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teaching English Language and Literature for Primary Schools (A14) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer