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Diploma seminar

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Course ID: 4101-5SSDO
Erasmus code / ISCED: 09.002 Kod klasyfikacyjny przedmiotu składa się z trzech do pięciu cyfr, przy czym trzy pierwsze oznaczają klasyfikację dziedziny wg. Listy kodów dziedzin obowiązującej w programie Socrates/Erasmus, czwarta (dotąd na ogół 0) – ewentualne uszczegółowienie informacji o dyscyplinie, piąta – stopień zaawansowania przedmiotu ustalony na podstawie roku studiów, dla którego przedmiot jest przeznaczony. / (0231) Language acquisition The ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) code has been designed by UNESCO.
Course title: Diploma seminar
Name in Polish: Seminarium dyplomowe 1
Organizational unit: Centre for Foreign Language Teacher Training and European Education UW
Course groups:
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): (not available) Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.

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Language: English
Type of course:

obligatory courses

Prerequisites (description):

The seminar is intended for students who have completed the Practical English courses and English language teaching courses during the 1st and 2nd year program at CKNJOiEE.

Seminar attendees are required to to be able to use English at the C1 CEFR level including English for Academic Purposed and English for school communication.

Short description:

The aim of the diploma seminar is to prepare students for writing their Bachelor's thesis including a theoretical part based on literature review and the original research designed, conducted and described by the author of the thesis.

Classes are conducted in a 'blended learning' mode:

14 hours of synchronic classes in the classroom (scheduled according to CKNJOiEE timetable) 16 hours of asynchronic/remote learning classes on the 'Kampus' platform

Full description:

The aim of the seminar is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to plan and carry out an original research project in the field of teaching English and/or second language acquisition and to present it in the form of a diploma thesis. During the seminar, students will learn about the methods of conducting research in the field of FL classroom-based research and second language acquisition. The goal of this part of the seminar is to design the research procedure and conduct the research. Students formulate a research question and research goals and select appropriate methods of collecting empirical data along with choose methods of analysis and presentation of this data. In addition, they learn about the formal requirements set for the diploma thesis including: editorial techniques, rules for editing an academic text in English, reviewing subject literature, documenting and quoting sources, creating a bibliography, plagiarism issues.

The scope of topics is determined by individual supervisors and is included in the part of the description devoted to the implementation of classes in the 2020L cycle in the groups assigned to them.

In the academic year 2020/21 the seminars are conducted by:

1. prof. dr hab. Eugeniusz Cyran

2. dr hab. Andrzej Diniejko

3. mgr Stephen Davies

4. dr Emilia Królak 

5. dr Michał Kuźmicki 

6. dr Jacek Romaniuk 

7. dr Elżbieta Sielanko-Byford (studia zaoczne)

8. dr Kinga Rudnicka-Szozda

9. mgr Anna Walewska (studia zaoczne)

10. dr hab. Sławomir Wącior, prof. ucz.

11. mgr Małgorzata Tetiurka 


Brown, J. D. (1988). Understanding research in second language learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Brown, J. D. & Rodgers, T. S. (2003). Doing second language research. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Burns, A. (2010). Doing action research in English language teaching: A guide for practitioners. New York and London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

Chaudron, C. (2003). Data collection in SLA research. In C. J. Doughty & M. H. Long (Eds.) Handbook of second language acquisition, (pp. 762-828), Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Dörnyei, Z. (2003). Questionnaires in second language teaching. Mahwah, NJ and London: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Gass, S. (2001). Innovations in second language research methods. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 21, 221–232.

Gass, S. M. & Selinker, L. (2001). Second language acquisition. An introductory course. (2nd edition). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Gass, S., Sorace, A. & Selinker, L. (1999). Second language learning data analysis. 2nd edition. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Mackey, A. & S. M. Gass (2005). Second language research: Methodology and design. Mahwah, NJ and London: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Nunan, D. (1996). Issues in SLA research: Examining substance and procedure. In W. C. Ritchie & Tej K. Bhatia (Eds.) Handbook of second language acquisition (pp.349-374). San Diego: Academic Press.

Seliger, H. & E. Shohamy (1989). Second language research methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wykorzystane pozycje wiążą się ściśle z tematami seminariów i są proponowane przez poszczególnych prowadzących.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge: the graduate knows and understands

S_W01 the necessary terminology related to: linguistics,pedagogy and education studies, psychology, relevant to teaching foreign languages

S_W02 the necessary terminology related to: linguistics,pedagogy and education studies, psychology relevant to teaching foreign languages

S_W09 the methodology to perform common tasks; the standards and procedures used in various educational areas

S_W013 the basic concepts and principles governing copyright and authors’ rights

Skills: the graduate is able to

S_U01 search, analyse, evaluate, select and use information, using a variety of sources and methods, in Polish and English

S_U03 diagnose the needs, abilities and aptitudes of every learner, as well as design and implement individually tailored teaching and educational programs

S_U05 observe and assess the suitability of a variety of methods, procedures and best practices, and select and apply the appropriate approach with the goal of accomplishing tasks and solving problems related to foreign language teaching

S_U09 analyse their own actions and identify possible areas for change in the future

S_U11 conduct an argument using the views of other authors and formulate conclusions in Polish and English, and, optionally, in French or German

S_U13 prepare written work in both Polish and a foreign language, relevant to the field of studies, on specific issues, using basic theoretical approaches and a variety of sources

S_U15 speak and write consistently and precisely in Polish and in a foreign language on topics related to selected educational matters, applying different theoretical approaches and using findings from academic disciplines relevant to their course of studies

S_U16 present their ideas, concerns, suggestions and arguments, in Polish and in a foreign language, supporting them with published opinions on the subject

S_U17 use language skills at CEFR level C1 in English and German or French, including the specificity of academic language and that of classroom communication*, or in English at level C1 and in a foreign language chosen as lektorat at CEFR level B1

Social competences: the graduate is prepared to

S_K02 reflect on the level of their skills and knowledge, constantly develop professionally and personally, self-assess their competences, improve their skills, plan their development and training

S_K06 correctly identify the priorities for the implementation of specified tasks

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

To obtain credit and complete the seminar with a positive result the student is required to:

1) submit a complete manuscript of the bachelor's thesis approved by the supervisor; the goal of the thesis needs to fall within the scope of FL teaching at the I and II educational stage and preschool; the language of the thesis needs to meet the requirements of EAP

2) attend all classes taking place in the classroom

3) complete and submit all tasks assigned by the supervisor on Kampus within deadlines

4) complete subsequent stages of writing the BA thesis in accordance with the schedule announced by the supervisor

5) submit all the components f the BA thesis written and edited according to the guidelines presented at the seminar, these include:

-research design with research goal, research question, participants, data collection instruments, data, mode of analysis

-subsequenct sections of the empirical chapter

-Introduction/Preface; Conclusion

-research description

-participant decsription

-data collection instruments description and their copies in appendices

-data description

-results presentation

-results discussion

-references (min. 12 entries)

-title page formatted according to WU guidelines

-list of tables and figures, contents, summary in Polish, keywords in English and Polish, thesis title translation onto Polish

For further details of methods and criteria of evaluation, see specific seminar group descriptions.

Practical placement:

not applicable

This course is not currently offered.
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