Course outline_ENG501_Research Methodology




Title:                    Research Methodology

Course code:       ENG501

No. of credits:      3 credits



This foundation course provides learners with advanced knowledge of research methodology so that they can conduct research in different areas of interest in the field of TESOL. It enables learners to independently design, carry out, and write up their research towards the end of their MA studies. The topics covered in the course include quantitative and qualitative research, main steps in the process of research, research design, and research ethics. 


  • To provide advanced knowledge on research methodology in education in general and language teaching in particular;
  • To develop the ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate theories and principles related to English learning and teaching;
  • To develop the ability to plan, conduct, and evaluate research in order to produce solutions to or make expert recommendations on issues in language learning and teaching;
  • To enhance the ability to work autonomously;
  • To develop ethical and professional attitudes when doing research to solve practical problems in language teaching and learning practices.


  • Key issues in research methodology
  • Research problem
  • Literature review
  • Research purpose, research questions or hypothesis
  • Quantitative data collection
  • Quantitative data analysis and interpretation
  • Qualitative data collection
  • Qualitative data analysis and interpretation
  • Research proposal, research report and evaluation
  • Research designs


4.1. Required textbooks

  • Creswell, J. W., & Guetterman, T. C. (2019). Educational research planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. New York, NY : Pearson.
  • Mackey, A., & Gass, S. M. (2016). Second language research: Methodology and design. London: Routledge.
  • Fraenkel, J. R., Wallen, N. E., & Hyun, H. H. (2018). How to design and evaluate research in education (Tenth edition). New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

4.2. Reference materials

  • American Psychological Association (Ed.). (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Ary, D., Jacobs, L. C., & Razavieh, A. (2009). Introduction to research in education. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
  • Bazeley, P. (2013). Qualitative data analysis: practical strategies. London: SAGE.
  • Brown, J. D. (1988). Understanding research in second language learning: A teacher’s guide to statistics and research design. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Brown, J. D. (2001). Using surveys in language programs. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Burns, A. (2010). Doing action research in English language teaching: A guide for practitioners. New York: Routledge.
  • Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2011). Research Methods in Education (7 edition). London ; New York: Routledge.
  • Creswell, J.W. (2013). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches (3nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Dixon, B. R., & Bouma, G.D. (1984). The research process. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Dörnyei, Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies. Oxford ; New York, N.Y: Oxford University Press.
  • Gorard, S. (2001) Quantitative methods in educational research: The role of numbers made easy. London: Continuum.
  • Hancock, D. R., & Algozzine, Bob (2006). Doing case study research: A practical guide for beginning researchers. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University.
  • Hoang, T., & Chu, N.M.N. (2008). Phan tich du lieu nghien cuu voi SPSS – Using SPSS to analyse research data. Ho Chi Minh City: Hong Duc Publishing House.
  • McDonough, J., & McDonough, S. (1997). Research methods for English language teachers. London: Arnold.
  • Miles, B.B., & Huberman, A.M. (1994). Qualitative data analysis: An expanded sourcebook. Newberry Park, CA: Sage.
  • Nunan, D. (1992). Research methods in language learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pallant, J. (2011). SPSS survival manual a step by step guide to data analysis using the SPSS program, 4th edition. Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia: Allen & Unwin.
  • Wallace, M. J. (1998). Action research for language teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wragg, E. C. (1999). An introduction to classroom observation (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.
  • Websites/ Softwares


5.1     Midterm (40%)

  • Quizzes (10%)
  • Group presentation (10%)
  • Assignment 1 (Literature review) (20%)

5.2     Final (60%)

  • Assignment 2 (Research proposal)


  • Directed study:               60 periods
  • Independent Study:        120 periods