UPTC - Research Seminar 2014-1

Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Tunja

Maestría en Enseñanza de Idiomas


PROGRAM 2014-1




E-MAIL:                     quinteroalvaro@yahoo.com

TELEPHONE NUMBER:   3123798911

SCHEDULE:                Saturdays, 8-6 pm

DATE:                       February 8, 2014



A need of being able to understand and add more knowledge of the daily interaction in and outside of the language classrooms is a starting point in the reflection that guides this seminar. As a continuation and interrelation with other subjects of the MA program, this course proposes the use of strategies to conduct research which the participants can use to examine language in educational contexts.

This research seminar gathers and welcomes a variety of approaches to language education research in order to explore and understand issues related to language teaching and learning in educational contexts, in an understanding that an “educational context” goes beyond the classroom.

This seminar is justified on the premise that students have already acquired a basic theoretical background about research. Participants will have the opportunity to examine the tenets of research converted into practical activities. This approach will fuse theory and practice and will provide opportunities for students to examine the applicability of research, as a potential tool for reflective language teaching in classroom settings. The overarching goal of this seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to consolidate their research interest and carry out their projects.


In this seminar course participants will

·         broaden the conception of qualitative research.

·         present and discuss their research proposals.

·         deepen the theoretical and practical aspects required for undertaking their research projects (consolidating the literature review, the instructional and the research design)

·         gain practical skills for using and researching language education along with an appreciation of the theoretical basis for such an approach

·         prepare an academic presentation for the MA Round Table that shows the process and results of carrying out research projects.



·         Reports on the research projects

·         Revision and refinement of the literature review, the pedagogical innovation and the research design.

·         Instruments for data collection, analysis, preliminary findings in relation to refined literature review 

·         Ethical issues when conducting research

·         Issues connected to: the exploration of language teaching and learning within educational contexts

·         Research proposal writing










Seminar program

Pointers for writing a research proposal

Update on the most recent modifications to thesis. 




Presenting the research design

Literature review:

Lankshear, C. & Knobel, M. (2004) Chapter 5

Research design:

Marshall & Rossman (1999) Chapter 4

Ethical issues:

Thomas, M. (2008) Ethical issues in the study of second language acquisition: resources for teachers.


Oral response to one reading in the program and one of your own choice that relates to a chart in ONE PowerPoint slide with the following information:

·         Research topic

·         Main constructs in literature review

·         Statement of the problem & Research questions objectives

·         Type of data

·         Instruments & procedures for data collection

·         Theoretical foundation for decisions on instruments

February 15th 

Presenting the pedagogical component of the research proposal

Preparation of the presentation for the MA Round Table

Pointers for the Round Table presentation

Needs analysis:

Hutchinson, T. & Waters, A.  (1993) Chapter 6

Jordan, R. (1997) Chapter 2

Quintero, A. (2009) Pointers for needs analysis and innovation

Oral response to one reading in the program and one of your own choice that relates to a chart in ONE PowerPoint slide with the following information:

·         View of language

·         Language education approach

·         Instructional objectives

·         Teaching methodology

·         Evaluation




Round Table

March 22nd

Consolidating the theoretical and practical components of a research proposal with an emphasis on the analysis of data

Qualitative research issues and methods:

Savenye, W. & Robinson, R. (2001) Chapter 40

Oral response to this session reading in the program and one of your own choice that relates to a chart in ONE PowerPoint slide with the following information:

  • Emerging categories in data analysis chapter




Final paper due

(Chapter of the analysis of data: oral & written)





The seminar will basically be developed through teacher and student-led discussions and workshops. Students will work cooperatively in small groups in which they will have opportunities to discuss areas of concern. It is expected that everybody contributes to the improvement of peers’ research proposals.


Practical activities will be assessed through group work and performance in workshops. Course participants are also expected to write reports on the aspects proposed for specific issues under investigation.

Quality Participation and Attendance.  One of the pillars of this seminar is collaborative work. Therefore, students are expected to work together in order to mutually search for understandings, meanings, and solutions to refine their research proposals. Additionally, students are expected to write responses to readings included in the seminar program and readings choosen by them.

All sessions 

Research Design. Students will orally describe the relation among main theoretical constructs, type of study, context, participant selection, ethical issues, instruments for data collection and data analysis process. Samples of the instruments for data collection should be included along with a report on the piloting of these instruments.

Due date: February 15 th

Instructional Design. This oral presentation must synthesize the pedagogical principles of the innovation or action plan. It must also include a description of the tasks proposed and their sequence.  Copies of the instructional tasks/activities must be included.

Note: Those projects that do not include an intervention will be evaluated on the basis of the theoretical and research constructs behind the project

Due date: March 8th

Presentation in the MA Round Table. Students will present their proposals to the academic community. The presentation includes an explanation on the statement of the problem, the questions, the justification, the theoretical tenets that support the project, the instructional and research design and the preliminary findings. People attending the presentations will fill out an evaluation form. Also, students will self-rate their performance. The average that results from adding the two instruments will constitute the final grade.

Due date: March 22nd

Final paper. Students will present orally and submit their Chapter of the analysis of data.

Due date: May 3rd



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Recommended journals

  • Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal (CALJ). Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas.
  • Íkala,: Revista de Cultura y Lenguaje: Universidad De Antioquia.
  • Profile: Issues in Teachers’ Professional Development. Universidad Nacional
  • Folios: Universidad Pedagógica Nacional
  • Revista Matices. Universidad Nacional de Colombia