This course prepares MA candidates to propose and conduct original empirical research in the broad fields of language education, applied linguistics, and language use. It requires the development of a professional-caliber proposal followed by the completion of an original research project to be conducted by the students. Class sessions and readings introduce a range of research methods, including exposure to various data collection and analysis procedures in both the qualitative and quantitative research traditions. There are three prerequisite courses: Language Analysis, Sociolinguistics, and Educational Research Methods.

This course is recommended for students who wish to publish their work, give conference presentations, and/or pursue doctoral degrees, as well as for teachers who wish to conduct research in their own classes. Results of the course projects will be presented orally and shared with class members in a mock conference presentation and shared on the course Canvas.

Middlebury Institute, CA