• Class Number 4103
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Carmel O'Shannessy
    • Dr Carmel O'Shannessy
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

Qualitative Research Methods in Language Studies will give students the opportunity to explore the different types of qualitative research methodologies used within applied linguistics, linguistics and 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 a range of qualitative research methodologies, such as case study, ethnography, participant observation, interviews, questionnaires, discourse analysis. They will explore key approaches through reflecting critically on studies which have employed the methods in focus and through experiencing research techniques used in selected approaches. Students will apply this knowledge to a personal research interest.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand and apply qualitative research techniques and methods.
  2. Critically evaluate studies which use qualitative research methodologies.
  3. Write a research proposal or literature review.
  4. Present a research proposal or literature review.

Required Resources

Required textbook

For sale in the bookshop and also available as an e-Book through the Chifley library .

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

Useful resources:


NVivo tutorials: http://www.qsrinternational.com/nvivo-learning/nvivo-tutorials

List of software for qualitative analysis from University of Oulu (Finland): http://www.oulu.fi/sosiologia/node/5065

And one from University of Washington: http://courses.washington.edu/socw580/contentsoftware.shtml

Library resources

Yin, R. K. (2015). Qualitative research from start to finish. New York: Guilford Publications. http://library.anu.edu.au/record=b3877734

Beuving, J., & De Vries, G. (2015). Doing qualitative research: The craft of naturalistic inquiry. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. http://library.anu.edu.au/record=b3921494

Taylor, S. J., Bogdan, R., & DeVault, M. (2015). Introduction to qualitative research methods: A guidebook and resource. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. http://library.anu.edu.au/record=b3883775

References other than the textbook:

Allright, D. (2005) Developing Principles for Practitioner Research: The Case of Exploratory Practice. The Modern Language Journal. 89 (3) p353-366

Hashemi, M. R., & Babaii, E. (2013). Mixed methods research: Toward new research designs in applied linguistics. The Modern Language Journal, 97(4), 828-852.

Kasper, G., & Wagner, J. (2014). Conversation analysis in applied linguistics. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 34, 171-212.

Nunan, David (1997) Elicitation techniques. In Nunan, D. (1992). Research methods in language learning. Cambridge University Press.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments
  • Assessment rubric
  • Verbal comments (students may request individual appointments)
  • Feedback to the whole class

Students will also be encouraged to carry out self-evaluation as well as provide feedback to peers under guidance.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Reading for the course:

Each week, you are expected to read relevant chapters from the textbook and the readings listed from other sources. This includes the student selected readings for the Critical evaluation assessment (see task sheet in the Assessment folder on Wattle). There will usually be 3-4 readings per week.

Referencing requirements:

Use APA referencing for coursework. An online guide is available here: http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing/apa-referencing-guide

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Seminar: please refer to Wattle for detail See details below
2 Seminar: please refer to Wattle for detail
3 Seminar: please refer to Wattle for detail
4 Seminar: please refer to Wattle for detail
5 Seminar: please refer to Wattle for detail
6 Seminar: please refer to Wattle for detail
7 Seminar: please refer to Wattle for detail
8 Seminar: please refer to Wattle for detail
9 Seminar: please refer to Wattle for detail
10 Seminar: please refer to Wattle for detail
11 Seminar: please refer to Wattle for detail
12 Seminar: please refer to Wattle for detail

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Critical evaluation of a qualitative study: oral discussion and written paper 25 % 31/05/2019 21/06/2019 1,2
Qualitative data analysis assignment 25 % 26/04/2019 21/05/2019 1, 2
Research proposal or small study: oral presentation and written paper 50 % 07/06/2019 30/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Critical evaluation of a qualitative study: oral discussion and written paper

Assessment Task 1: Critical evaluation of a qualitative study: Oral discussion and written paper

Details of task: See assignment handout on Wattle

Assessment Rubric & Criteria: See assignment handout on Wattle

Word limit: 1000 (Masters and PhD); 1500 (Honours)

Value: 25%:  oral discussion: 5%, written paper: 20%

Submission: Students select or are allocated a week in which they present and discuss the study. The written evaluation must be submitted by 11.59 pm on the Friday FOLLOWING the discussion.

Estimated return date: Approximately 3 weeks following submission

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 26/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Qualitative data analysis assignment

Assessment Task 2: Qualitative data analysis task

Details of task: See assignment handout on Wattle

Assessment Rubric & Criteria: See assignment handout on Wattle

Word limit: 2000 (Masters and PhD); 2000 (Honours)

Value: 25%

Submission: Mon 26 April (Beginning Week 7)

Estimated return date: Approximately 3 weeks following submission

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 07/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Research proposal or small study: oral presentation and written paper

Assessment Task 3: Research proposal/study: Oral presentation and written paper

Details of task: See assignment handout on Wattle

Assessment Rubric: See assignment handout on Wattle

Word limit: oral poster presentation: 7+ minutes, repeated; written paper: 3000 (Masters and PhD); 4000 (Honours)

Value: 50%: oral presentation: 5%, written paper: 45%

Submission: Oral poster presentation in class: Friday May 31; Written paper: Friday 7 June (Exam period)

Estimated return date: Released with final results

NB: Students who are doing this course as PhD coursework may negotiate an alternative assessment with the convenor.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned via Turnitin approximately 2 weeks following submission. The convenor will notify you by email when the marks are available.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students may not resubmit assignments.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Carmel O'Shannessy
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Research Interests

Language contact and change, language acquisition, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, code-switching, mixed languages, Australian languages, endangered languages

Dr Carmel O'Shannessy

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