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Language Acquisition 5: Theories and Research Methods in Applied Linguistics


Admission requirements

Pass marks for Language Acquisition 1 and Language Acquisition 3, or equivalent.


Linguistics covers many approaches to the study of language, including formal, theoretical, and applied linguistics. This course introduces you to some of the frameworks, methodologies, and tools that applied linguists use to analyze language use and development.
The course provides you with the opportunity to explore a selection of methodologies such as discourse analysis, computational linguistics, and language ethnography. It introduces you to some of the associated methods that linguists use to collect and analyze data, such as interview and observation protocols, concordance software programs, and abductive coding procedures.
The course is structured in three blocks, each of which is devoted to a topic aligned with the lecturer’s expertise in linguistics research. Each block consists of four sessions: three lectures and one lecture- free week in which you complete an assessment such as an exam or short project that is based on material presented in the block (e.g., lectures and associated readings).

Course objectives

  • Understand foundational logic underpinning a selection of research methodologies in linguistics

  • Gain experience using selected research methods (e.g., tools and procedures) in linguistics

  • Analyze relationships between theoretical frameworks and varying research approaches in applied linguistics


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


  • Block 1 assessment (exam or short project)

  • Block 2 assessment (exam or short project)

  • Block 3 assessment (exam or short project)


  • Block 1 assessment (35%)

  • Block 2 assessment (35%)

  • Block 3 assessment (30%)


In order to pass the course, component grades have to be 5.5 or higher. The final course grade should be at least a 6. You must resit the component(s) that have a grade below 5.49.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

A reading list comprising weekly reading material (mostly articles and book chapters that are available through the online library) will be made available in Brightspace before the course starts.


Enrolment through My Studymap (Login | Universiteit Leiden) is mandatory.

General information about MyStudyMap is available on the website

Students other than from the BA English language and culture cannot take this course.

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