MGLU5206 - Methodology and English Didactics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 7 days ALLE

Course content

This course focuses on philosophy of science and different research methods in the English subject and their applicability in different contexts. Various research paradigms and the relationship between ontology, epistemology, and choice of research methods will be discussed. During the course, students will begin their own master’s research project. Therefore, students will be assisted in formulating problem statements, establishing theory and locating previous research and related methods. Students will simultaneously start writing their MA thesis with emphasis on the structure and presentation of the thesis as well as proper usage of reference systems.

Learning outcome


The student has

  • advanced knowledge about different research paradigms and the relationship between ontological and epistemological perspectives and choice of research methods
  • advanced knowledge of characteristics of different research designs and research methods
  • advanced knowledge about different methods of data collection and analysis of empirical data
  • advanced knowledge about ethical aspects of research
  • advanced knowledge about presentation of research


The student can

  • under supervision, formulate research questions that have relevance within English language and literature/culture and subject didactics.
  • design and carry out independent empirical investigations
  • make justified choices regarding methods of data collection and analysis of empirical data
  • critically analyze sources (discipline-specific literature and data sets) and use them to structure and formulate disciplinary reasoning

General knowledge

The student can

  • outline and justify methodologies as they pertain to the research focus
  • analyze relevant problem statements related to the teaching of English in schools
  • present results of empirical investigations
  • present substantial independent work and master academic language of the English subject and genres
  • contribute to new knowledge and innovation processes in the English subject in schools

Learning methods and activities

The course will include lectures, individual and group assignment work, discussions, and oral presentations. All students are expected to contribute actively.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory course work according to course description

Further on evaluation

Obligatory assignments

  • One oral presentation of one’s own research project
  • 75% obligatory attendance for all scheduled teaching

Obligatory assignments are evaluated as "Approved" or "Not Approved".

Obligatory assignments must be approved to take the exam.


The individual home exam of 7 days in which students write an article about scientific and/or methodological questions with relevance for their own research projects.

New or postponed exams will be carried out according to current study regulations at NTNU.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 1-7 (MGLU1-7)
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 5-10 (MGLU5-10)

Required previous knowledge

The candidate must have successfully passed English 1 and completed English 2 to begin Cycle 2 courses. "Passing" is understood as the student completing the course and passing the examination. "Completed" is understood as having all obligatory coursework approved and qualifying the student for the course examination.

Course materials

A syllabus and reading list will be available on Blackboard before the course starts.

More on the course



Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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