Bachelor's seminar 4101-6SPPDO
The aim of the seminar is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to plan and carry out an original research project in the field of teaching English and/or second language acquisition and to present it in the form of a diploma thesis. During the seminar, students will learn about the methods of conducting research in the field of FL classroom-based research and second language acquisition. The goal of this part of the seminar is to design the research procedure and conduct the research. Students formulate a research question and research goals and select appropriate methods of collecting empirical data along with choose methods of analysis and presentation of this data. In addition, they learn about the formal requirements set for the diploma thesis including: editorial techniques, rules for editing an academic text in English, reviewing subject literature, documenting and quoting sources, creating a bibliography, plagiarism issues.
The scope of topics is determined by individual supervisors and is included in the part of the description devoted to the implementation of classes in the 2020L cycle in the groups assigned to them.
In the academic year 2020/21 the seminars are conducted by:
1. prof. dr hab. Eugeniusz Cyran
2. dr hab. Andrzej Diniejko
3. mgr Stephen Davies
4. dr Emilia Królak
5. dr Michał Kuźmicki
6. dr Jacek Romaniuk
7. dr Elżbieta Sielanko-Byford (studia zaoczne)
8. dr Kinga Rudnicka-Szozda
9. mgr Anna Walewska (studia zaoczne)
10. dr hab. Sławomir Wącior, prof. ucz.
11. mgr Małgorzata Tetiurka
Type of course
Knowledge: the graduate knows and understands
S_W01 the necessary terminology related to: linguistics,pedagogy and education studies, psychology, relevant to teaching foreign languages
S_W02 the necessary terminology related to: linguistics,pedagogy and education studies, psychology relevant to teaching foreign languages
S_W09 the methodology to perform common tasks; the standards and procedures used in various educational areas
S_W013 the basic concepts and principles governing copyright and authors’ rights
Skills: the graduate is able to
S_U01 search, analyse, evaluate, select and use information, using a variety of sources and methods, in Polish and English
S_U03 diagnose the needs, abilities and aptitudes of every learner, as well as design and implement individually tailored teaching and educational programs
S_U05 observe and assess the suitability of a variety of methods, procedures and best practices, and select and apply the appropriate approach with the goal of accomplishing tasks and solving problems related to foreign language teaching
S_U09 analyse their own actions and identify possible areas for change in the future
S_U11 conduct an argument using the views of other authors and formulate conclusions in Polish and English, and, optionally, in French or German
S_U13 prepare written work in both Polish and a foreign language, relevant to the field of studies, on specific issues, using basic theoretical approaches and a variety of sources
S_U15 speak and write consistently and precisely in Polish and in a foreign language on topics related to selected educational matters, applying different theoretical approaches and using findings from academic disciplines relevant to their course of studies
S_U16 present their ideas, concerns, suggestions and arguments, in Polish and in a foreign language, supporting them with published opinions on the subject
S_U17 use language skills at CEFR level C1 in English and German or French, including the specificity of academic language and that of classroom communication*, or in English at level C1 and in a foreign language chosen as lektorat at CEFR level B1
Social competences: the graduate is prepared to
S_K02 reflect on the level of their skills and knowledge, constantly develop professionally and personally, self-assess their competences, improve their skills, plan their development and training
S_K06 correctly identify the priorities for the implementation of specified tasks
To obtain credit and complete the seminar with a positive result the student is required to:
1) submit a complete manuscript of the bachelor's thesis approved by the supervisor; the goal of the thesis needs to fall within the scope of FL teaching at the I and II educational stage and preschool; the language of the thesis needs to meet the requirements of EAP
2) attend all classes taking place in the classroom
3) complete and submit all tasks assigned by the supervisor on Kampus within deadlines
4) complete subsequent stages of writing the BA thesis in accordance with the schedule announced by the supervisor
5) submit all the components f the BA thesis written and edited according to the guidelines presented at the seminar, these include:
-research design with research goal, research question, participants, data collection instruments, data, mode of analysis
-subsequenct sections of the empirical chapter
-data collection instruments description and their copies in appendices
-references (min. 12 entries)
-title page formatted according to WU guidelines
-list of tables and figures, contents, summary in Polish, keywords in English and Polish, thesis title translation onto Polish
For further details of methods and criteria of evaluation, see specific seminar group descriptions.
Brown, J. D. (1988). Understanding research in second language learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Brown, J. D. & Rodgers, T. S. (2003). Doing second language research. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Burns, A. (2010). Doing action research in English language teaching: A guide for practitioners. New York and London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chaudron, C. (2003). Data collection in SLA research. In C. J. Doughty & M. H. Long (Eds.) Handbook of second language acquisition, (pp. 762-828), Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Dörnyei, Z. (2003). Questionnaires in second language teaching. Mahwah, NJ and London: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Gass, S. (2001). Innovations in second language research methods. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 21, 221–232.
Gass, S. M. & Selinker, L. (2001). Second language acquisition. An introductory course. (2nd edition). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Gass, S., Sorace, A. & Selinker, L. (1999). Second language learning data analysis. 2nd edition. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Mackey, A. & S. M. Gass (2005). Second language research: Methodology and design. Mahwah, NJ and London: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Nunan, D. (1996). Issues in SLA research: Examining substance and procedure. In W. C. Ritchie & Tej K. Bhatia (Eds.) Handbook of second language acquisition (pp.349-374). San Diego: Academic Press.
Seliger, H. & E. Shohamy (1989). Second language research methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Information on level of this course, year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered, types and amount of class hours - can be found in course structure diagrams of apropriate study programmes. This course is related to the following study programmes:
- Teaching Foreign Languages, English, French (2nd subject), full time studies, first cycle programme
- Teaching foreign languages: English, 2nd subj. teaching 'history and social studies'
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