Project: Linguistics

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
10 May 2019


Requisites for this module
LG113 and LG213



Key module for

BA QX31 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL),
BA QX41 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Foundation Year),
BA QX51 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Placement Year),
BA QXH1 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Year Abroad),
BA QQ13 English Language and Linguistics,
BA QQ15 English Language and Linguistics (Including Placement Year),
BA QQ16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ3D English Language and Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
BA QQ23 English Language and Literature,
BA QQ24 English Language and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ32 English Language and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA QQ35 English Language and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA QB36 English Language and Language Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA QQ3C English Language and Language Development,
BA QQ3F English Language and Language Development (Including Placement Year),
BA Q100 Linguistics,
BA Q101 Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
BA Q102 Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q103 Linguistics (Including Placement Year),
BA L390 English Language and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA LQ31 English Language and Sociology,
BA RQ93 Modern Languages and English Language,
BA RQ99 Modern Languages and English Language (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RQ91 Modern Languages and Linguistics,
BA RQ98 Modern Languages and Linguistics (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA R8T8 Modern Languages and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RX91 Modern Languages and Teaching English as a Foreign Language,
BA QP10 English Language with Media Communication,
BA QP11 English Language with Media Communication (Including Year Abroad),
BA QP12 English Language with Media Communication (Including Placement Year)

Module description

The linguistics project is a research project that acts as a capstone to studies in English language and linguistics at undergraduate level. Students can undertake a project in any of the areas of linguistics covered by the department. Students will work with a supervisor on an individual basis.

Students will be provided with a list of topic options from which they can choose; it will also be possible for students to propose their own topic and present this to a supervisor with relevant expertise. A topic proposal developed by a student will need to be sufficiently focused for it to be agreed on between the student and supervisor in a single meeting.

Students will prepare and submit a project proposal. They will then undertake their research project with advice and guidance provided by the supervisor. They will prepare and submit an 8,000-word report that presents the project in full. They will also give a poster presentation which summarises the project.

Module aims

The linguistics project enables students to demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills that have been built incrementally throughout their course. Specific skills include the ability to work independently on an extended project relevant to their discipline, self-directed learning, time management, bibliographical and internet-based research skills, empirical research skills including data collection and analysis, the ability to interpret and contextualise results, the ability to select and synthesise information clearly and to argue coherently, the ability to organise, write up and present a research report professionally, the ability to prepare and present a poster, and the ability to find out something original.

Module learning outcomes

Students will have developed their research skills in conjunction with the skills outlined in the previous paragraph and will have gained in-depth knowledge of the topic area chosen as the focus of their project.

Module information

This is a supervised extended assignment with no taught classes, equivalent to a full year taught module.

Learning and teaching methods

Two 2-hour lectures are associated with this module: one on research ethics and one on how to give poster presentations. Students are expected to work independently, with input and support from a member of academic staff who will supervise them throughout the year.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Project Proposal - 400 words     10% 
Coursework   Project   20/04/2020  80% 
Practical   Poster Presentation  06/05/2020  10% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Christina Gkonou, email: cgkono@essex.ac.uk.
Any member of Language & Linguistics academic staff may agree to supervise your project
Dr Christina Gkonou, Office: 4.119, Telephone: 01206 872633, email: cgkono@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Christopher Lucas
University of London
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Dr Lynne Julie Cahill
University of Sussex
Available via Moodle
Of 48 hours, 24 (50%) hours available to students:
24 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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