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LING5470M Academic Skills in Linguistics

15 creditsClass Size: 36

Module manager: Chris Norton

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module develops students’ skills in locating and interpreting reports on linguistic research and using these in their own writing. In doing so, the module covers basic concepts in linguistic research methodology and considerations in designing an original research study. The module is followed in Semester 2 by LING5480M Research Methods in Linguistics, in which students learn more about research methods and start to develop their own research proposals.


This module aims to develop students’ skills in:
- recognising what constitutes an appropriate writing style in linguistics, and using this in their own work
- representing linguistic data and referring to primary and secondary sources according to current conventions in the subject area of linguistics
- locating and critically evaluating information on language-related topics and research articles in the subject area of linguistics

This module also aims to introduce students to the notions that:
- research in linguistics can be approached in different ways
- research in linguistics should be informed by concrete research questions and carried out rigorously and ethically

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students should be able to:
(1) demonstrate core skills in linguistic literature research, including finding, interpreting and citing sources
(2) critically evaluate research articles on language-related topics
(3) demonstrate awareness of the first steps involved in planning an original research project

Skills outcomes
((These are covered in Learning Outcomes above.)


The topics to be covered include:
- the nature of linguistic research;
- the roles and responsibilities of researchers in language studies;
- skills in locating linguistic data and secondary sources;
- skills in reading and writing research reports in linguistics
- skills in critically evaluating previous research findings;
- skills in the formulation of research questions in linguistics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours115.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to devote 20 hours of independent online learning time to this module: 10 times 2 hours of engaging with pre-recorded video content and related online self-study resources.
Students are expected to devote 115 hours of private study time to this module, with the following recommended breakdown:
• Following weekly reading suggestions and doing session preparation and follow-up as required: (10*4=) 40 hours
• Preparing written work for formative feedback: 5 hours
• Preparing the Assignment: 30 hours
• Preparing the Essay: 40 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The weekly workshops are a forum for monitoring students’ progress and use of the self-study materials developed for the module, and for providing formative feedback where relevant. Students receive detailed guidance on how to approach both assessed assignments, and have the opportunity to submit formative work for written feedback prior to submitting the first assessed assignment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000-word essay60.00
Assignment1,000-word glossary of terms40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:41:57


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