MAScientific Research Work in Foreign Language Pedagogy

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: Seminar Classes

Course Description

Objectives and competences

  1. Understanding the basics of scientific research work in foreign language pedagogy
  2. Ability to design and carry out a research project, interpret, evaluate and present results
  3. Improved academic speaking and writing skills


The phases of a research project: defining a research problem and aims, literature review, collecting and processing data, writing a research report.

The seminar is intended to support students in the preparation of their final MA project.


  • Altrichter, H., P. Posch and B. Somekh. 1993. Teachers Investigate their Work: An Introduction to the methods of action research. London: Routledge.
  • Borg, S. 2013. Teacher Research in Language Teaching. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Gebhard, J. G. and R. Oprandy. 1999. Language Teaching Awareness: A Guide to Exploring Beliefs and Practices. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Kožuh, B. and J. Vogrinc. 2011. Obdelava podatkov. Ljubljana: Filozofska fakulteta.
  • McDonough, J. and S. McDonough. 1997. Research Methods For English Language Teachers. London: Arnold.
  • Nunan, D. 1992. Research Methods in Language Learning. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Nunan, D. and C. Lamb. 1996. The Self-directed Teacher: Managing the learning process. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Nunan, D. and K. M. Bailey. 2009. Exploring Second Language Classroom Research. Heinle, Cengage Learning.
  • Richards, J. C. and C. Lockhart (eds.). 1994. Reflective Teaching in Second Language Classroom. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Wallace, M. J. 1991. Training Foreign Language Teachers: A reflective approach. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Wallace, M. 1998. Action research for language teachers. Cambridge: CUP.

Learning and teaching methods

Seminar work, home assignments, student in-class presentations


In-class presentation of research project

Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.