DCJA005 Research Methods in Foreign Language Didactics 1

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
doc. Mgr. Světlana Hanušová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Věra Janíková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Tomáš Kohoutek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Věra Janíková, Ph.D.
Department of German Language and Literature – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Helena Rytířová
Supplier department: Department of German Language and Literature – Faculty of Education
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course objective is to provide students with deeper understanding of the problematic nature of research in the field of didactics of foreign languages, relating in particular to: a) research topics and questions b) research methods c) research sample, validity and realibility d) interpretation of data and presentation of results.
Learning outcomes
Students understand deeper context of foreign language research and its methodology (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed). They are able to formulate a research question in all three given research designs, choose adequate data collection methods and data analysis procedures, define the sample size and choose adequate sampling procedure from population. They are able to work with the concept of validity and reliability.
  • The course is an introdution to underlying concepts, procedures and research methods and data processing in the field of a foreign language acquisition. It shows the specific nature of this field research, and introduces basic topics of current interest in the field. Topics to cover: •Methodology of research in didactics of foreign languages: Methodology of pedagogy, psychology, sociology and other social studies, including their relation to methodology of research in didactics of foreign languages. •Fields of research in foreign languages: linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and others. •Specifics of the research in didactics of foreign languages: in English, German, Russian, French and other languages. Research in the field of the first, second and foreign language acquisition, billingualism. •Resources of research in didactics of foreign languages: journals, online databases. Institutions. Doctoral studies and research. Basic research terminology in foreign languages.
    required literature
  • DÖRNYEI, Zoltán. Research methods in applied linguistics : quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies. First published. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 336 stran. ISBN 9780194422581. 2007. info
  • Handbook of mixed methods in social & behavioral research. Edited by Abbas Tashakkori - Charles Teddlie. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications. xv, 768. ISBN 0761920730. 2003. info
    recommended literature
  • Dörnyei, Z. Questionnaires in Second Language Research: Construction, Administration and Processing (SLA Research: Theoretical & Methodological Issues). Mahwah, NJ : Erlbaum, 2003.
  • Winzer-Kiontke, B. Subjektive Theorien in der Fremdsprachenforschung, SRN : VDM Verlag, 2008.
  • Studie z časopisů: Language Learning, Applied Psycholinguistics, The Modern Language Journal, Journal of Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics and Language Acquisition, Language Learning Journal, Linguistics and Education
  • Forschungsmethoden in der Fremdsprachendidaktik : ein handbuch. Edited by Daniela Caspari - Friederike Klippel - Michael Legutke - Karen Schramm. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto. viii, 476. ISBN 9783823368397. 2016. info
  • Sage handbook of mixed methods in social & behavioral research. Edited by Abbas Tashakkori - Charles Teddlie. 2nd ed. London: Sage. xv, 893. ISBN 9781412972666. 2010. info
  • GASS, Susan M. and Alison MACKEY. Data elicitation for second and foreign language research. London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. x, 212. ISBN 9780805860351. 2007. info
  • Handbook of research in second language teaching and learning. Edited by Eli Hinkel. London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. xxii, 1144. ISBN 0805841814. 2005. info
  • MACKEY, Alison and Susan M. GASS. Second language research : methodology and design. London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. xv, 405. ISBN 0805842497. 2005. info
  • GUIDÈRE, Mathieu. Méthodologie de la recherche : guide du jeune chercheur en lettres, langues, sciences humaines et sociales : maîtrise, DEA, master, doctorat. Nouv. éd. rev. et augm. Paris: Ellipses. 127 s. ISBN 2729821767. 2004. info
  • SELIGER, Herbert W. and Elana SHOHAMY. Second language research methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 270 s. ISBN 0-19-437067-4. 1989. info
Teaching methods
lecture, class discussion, individual consultation
Assessment methods
Elaboration of student´s own dissertation research project based on newly acquired knowledge.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught each semester.
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022, Autumn 2022.
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