Ce support est élaboré en langue anglais selon les besoins en notions de base pour l'élaboration des projets de fin d'études en master en linguistique appliquées et didactique de l'Anglais.

By the end of the first semester, students should be able to reach the following objectives:

(a)    Demonstrate knowledge of the philosophical origins of the different modes of reasoning available to scientists;

(b)   Recognize and recall some key terms, notions and concepts in applied linguistics research;

(c)    Compare and contrast two alternative major research methods in applied linguistics in terms of their underlying paradigms, processes, and implications.

This introductory course explores key concepts, paradigms, and methodologies of research in applied linguistics especially as they apply to two methods in the field, the experimental and the ethnographic method.

The Key topics explored include

(1)    The origins of the scientific method;

(2)    The notion of the variable and principles of the scientific method;

(3)    The notions of paradigm, methodology and method;

(4)    The falsification principles;

(5)    The positivist/post-positivist paradigm and the experimental method;

(6)    The interpretive paradigm and the ethnographic method.