Research Methods in Languages Education (KCIL5620)


Conducting research in the teaching of Australian languages requires an understanding of diverse issues, including: languages education research methods, the history of research on Indigenous people and languages, locating existing records, practical techniques for obtaining and managing data, project planning, Indigenous research ethics and community consultation. It is also important for students to understand the role of research in high-quality teaching and to gain experience in a range of research methodologies and their potential for application to likely teaching situations in this field. This unit of study allows students to explore these issues and develop practical skills that will allow them to become effective researchers in Indigenous languages education. Students will be expected to directly apply their learning in this unit of study to their activities in KCIL5621 Research Project in Languages Education or KCIL5622 Learning an Indigenous Language.

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Further unit of study information


Block Mode


literature review (20%); research project rationale and outline (20%) and draft research project presentation and proposal (40%) and final research project with test instrument (20%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


18 credit points, including KCIL5613

Additional Information

Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.