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Methods: Putting Theory into Practice


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA program


This course is meant to serve as a bridge between students’ knowledge of and how this theory is applied to carry out linguistic studies and analyses. The course consists of meetings with members of the LAS linguistics faculty and hands-on practical training carrying out linguistic studies and analyses. This course will be tailored to each individual student and will not be lecture-based.

Course objectives

—Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of a variety of methodologies used in linguistic investigations (e.g., naturalistic data collection, experimental data collection, sociolinguistic interviews, etc.).
—Students will assist in carrying out linguistic research, including having the opportunity to collaborate on study design, data collection, and data analysis.


Timetable LAS

Mode of instruction

Research and Internship

Course Load

280 total hours

Research and internship = 240 hours
Written Report = 40 hours

Assessment method

Student performance will be assessed according to the following:

Participation: 80% 20% Student Motivation 20% Demonstration of knowledge and practical research skills 20% Ability to function adequately as a member of a research group 20% Independence/Originality

Written Report: 20%

Re-Sit: Due to the nature of the course, it is not possible to “retake” the participation/intership portion of the course. Therefore, only the written portion will be open for re-sit.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

To be announced


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Dr. M. Parafita Couto

Coordinator of Studies: A.C. Wapenaar MA

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


All other information will be conveyed directly to the student by his or her supervisor