General Course Information for LTL690: Applied Research

Course: LTL690 - Applied Research
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Course Description:

Knowledge, skills and dispositions required to locate, evaluate and generate research on language teaching and learning. Construction of an Applied Research Project that includes 1) the preparation of a written document ready for publication that reports findings from an applied research and 2) the preparation of a presentation that situates the research project's findings within the field of research on language teaching and learning and within the practices of professional educators.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe and formulate an applied research topic statement
  • Prepare a written statement of an educational topic in which an education issue in the area of language teaching and learning is articulated within a current educational context
  • Synthesize, for an applied research, the identification, selection and reduction of scholarly works used for the review of relevant literature
  • Use library resources, including electronic data bases, to locate, identify, and select relevant research on programs, learning and instruction relevant to the education of addition language learners
  • Describe, for an applied research, the two major research paradigms and the qualitative and quantitative research methods associated with those methods
  • Interpret and evaluate the two major research paradigms and the qualitative and quantitative research methods associated with those methods in the review of applied research on language teaching and learning
  • Produce, for an applied research, a design for methods and procedures to generate data and analyses
  • Conduct an applied research project on language teaching and learning
  • Produce a review of relevant literature on an educational problem related to language teaching and learning
  • Author a research document for publication that conforms to APA mechanics and style guidelines and that includes 1) a statement of the problem, 2) a review of relevant literature, 3) methods used to study the phenomenon, 4) findings of the research project and 5) implications for further study
  • Utilize, for an applied research, the rhetorical strategies to summarize an applied research and then locate the applied research within the field of language teaching and learning and within the practices of professional educators
  • Prepare a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the applied research project and that locates the applied research project's findings within the field of language teaching and learning and within the practices of professional educators
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of educational philosophy, perspectives and practices related to language teaching and learning.
  • Differentiate between factors of first and second language acquisition to analyze teaching and learning strategies.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures