Research Methods

Course Information
TitleΜέθοδοι Έρευνας / Research Methods
CodeΕΚΠ 593
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600016530


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Glṓssa, Logotechnía kai PSīfiaká Mésa stīn EkpaídeusīCompulsory Course1110

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Class ID
Course Category
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
understand the research process formulate viable research hypotheses decide on the method that is the most appropriate for their research questions best design a small scale study discuss and evaluate the methodology and research findings of published studies.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course introduces the main concepts and some of the techniques used in research in (English as a) second/foreign language. Specifically, it covers the following points: 1. Introduction to research. Aims and significance of research in classroom settings. Issues of ethics. 2. Quantitative and qualitative approaches: differences, types of quantitative and qualitative research projects. 3. Research design: setting a research question, literature research, formulation of research hypotheses. 4. Methodology: scales and variables, tools and tasks, validity and reliability. 5. Data collection methods: questionnaires, interviews, grammaticality judgment tasks, etc. Advantages and disadvantages. 6. Analyzing quantitative research data: organizing datasheets and files, descriptive and inferential statistics, data processing statistical software. 7. Descriptive statistics: frequency,distribution, mean and median, measures of central tendency and dispersion. 8. Inferential statistics: basic concepts of hypothesis testing, level of significance, comparison of two or more means, correlation, interactions and main effects of variables. 9. Data analysis in qualitative statistics: data organization, coding, processing. 10. Organizing and presenting data using Powerpoint presentations, 11. Discussing research findings. Writing a research report.
second language research, data collection, data analysis
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.8
Written assigments1585.7
Student Assessment
Oral presentation of a published study (30%), written project report(70%)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Brown, J.D. (2014). Mixed Methods Reasearch for TESOL. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Brown, J. D., & Rodgers, T. (2002). Doing second language research. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chaudron, C. (1988). Second language classrooms: Research on teaching and learning. New York: Cambridge University Press. Gass, S., & Mackey, A. (2007). Data elicitation for second and foreign language research. Mahwah, N. j. Lawrence Erlbaum Ass. P53.755.GE7 2007 Mackey, A., & Gass, S. (2005). Second language research: Methodology and design. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. McDonough, J., & McDonough S. (1997). Research Methods for English Language Teachers. London: Arnold. Weissberg, R.,& Buker, S. (1990). Writing up research. Experimental research report writing for students of English. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.
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