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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5904M Dissertation in MA TESOL programmes and MA TESOL Studies

60 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Dr Gary Chambers

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces

EDUC5430M Dissertation in MA TESOLEDUC5438M Dissertation in MA TESOL Studies

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- identify a topic of personal or professional interest in the area of TESOL;
- engage in discussion with a tutor concerning how this topic might be investigated;
- under supervision, carry out reading and study, and, if appropriate, research on this topic;
- under supervision, write up the study in an appropriate form.

Learning outcomes
Students who complete this module will have the knowledge needed to carry out a search of the literature on a chosen topic and an understanding of how to carry out small scale empirical research.

Skills outcomes
Analytical Skills
Critical Thinking
Independent Working
Research Skills
Use of Knowledge


Students negotiate their dissertation on an individual basis at a dissertation proposal meeting held with their Academic Tutor.
Students are expected to attend the ‘Research Methods for TESOL’ seminar series.
Students will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will discuss their dissertation proposal and meet with them on a regular basis as the study progresses.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours15.00
Private study hours566.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

The information against seminars in the first line of information against tutorials and the information against online learning relates to the work involved in in attending the “research methods for TESOL”. The second line against tutorials relates to supervision of the Dissertation.
Tutorial Support:
- Additional tutorials may be held by agreement between the student and tutor.
Students may audit EDUC5060M as part of this independent study
Private Study:
- 20% of this time to be spent on reading on professional development in TESOL
- 30% on data collection
- 30% on data analysis
- 20% on writing up the dissertation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through the tutorials related to the ‘Research Methods for TESOL’ seminar series and the supervision meetings.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation12000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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