• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Social Research, Sociology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Susan Macqueen
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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Understanding Qualitative Research and Writing in Language Studies will give students the opportunity to explore the different types of qualitative research methodologies used within applied linguistics or language and culture research. Emphasis will be given to an examination of what counts as evidence within a qualitative research framework and how qualitative research evidence can be evaluated. Students will examine the range of qualitative research methodologies relevant to applied linguistics or language and culture research, including the case study, ethnography, participant observation, interviews, questionnaires, discourse analysis.

This is a core course for the Master of Applied Linguistics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically read and evaluate qualitative research methodologies within applied linguistics or languages and culture research.
  2. Write a well-structured, well-supported and correctly referenced literature review on an applied linguistics or languages and culture topic.
  3. Present a clear, well-structured literature review of an applied linguistics or languages and culture topic. 

Indicative Assessment

Critical summary of journal article (750 words) (10%) [Learning Outcome 1]

Group critical appraisal of journal articles using online discussion forum (1000 words) (25%) [Learning Outcome 1]

Participation in writing development workshop (5% for each workshop) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]

Literature review project (3000 words) (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]

Literature review oral presentation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]

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The course will consist of a weekly seminar of 2 hours. Three 2 hour writing seminars are scheduled for weeks 3, 8 and 11. Students are expected to commit up to 7.5 hours outside of class time to this course.


Prescribed Texts

Heigham, J. and R. Croker (eds) (2009) Qualitative Research in Applied Linguistics. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4637 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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