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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM329: Preparing for TESOL Inquiry and Dissertation

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:

Baumfield, V., Hall, E. and Wall, K. (2008) Action Research in the Classroom. London: Sage.

Bitchener, J. (2010) Writing an Applied Linguistics Thesis or Dissertation. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. Burns, A. (2010) Doing Action Research in English Language Teaching. Abingdon: Routledge.

Dornyei, Z. (2007) Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dornyei, Z. (2010) Questionnaires in second language research:. construction, administration, and processing: OUP.

Gillham, B. (2000) Developing a Questionnaire. London: Continuum. Gillham, B. (2000) The Research Interview. London:  Continuum.

Gillham, B.(2008) Observation Techniques. London: Continuum.

Grix, J. (2004) The Foundations of Research. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Heigham, J. and Croker, R. (2009) Qualitative Research in Applied Linguistics. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

McKay, S. (2006) Researching Second Language Classrooms. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Richards, K. (2003) Qualitative Enquiry in TESOL. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Richards, K., Ross, S. & Seedhouse, P. (2012). Research Methods for Applied Language Studies. Routledge.

Silverman, D. (2010). Doing Qualitative Research (3rd ed). London: Sage.

Yin, R. (2014). Case Study Research. Sage. London: Sage.


There are also other general research methods books such as:

Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2018) Research Methods in Education. London: Routledge.

Hammersley, M. (2002). Educational Research: Policy Making and Practice. London: Paul Chapman.

Robson, C. & McCartan, K. (2016).  Real world research: a resource for users of social research methods in applied settings. Hoboken: Wiley.

Thomas, G. (2013) How to do a research project. London: Sage Publications. Available at  

Wellington, J. (2015) Educational Research: Contemporary Issues and Practical Approaches. London: Continuum.