Qualitative Methods

Current Courses

Apl. Prof. Dr. phil. Regine Herbrik

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Datenerhebung und Dateninterpretation sind zwei eng aufeinander bezogene Prozesse. Im Seminar lernen die Teilnehmenden ethnographische Methoden zur Datenerhebung und -aufbereitung kennen und üben sich in die Sequenzanalyse als interpretatives Verfahren der Dateninterpretation ein. Sie erproben alle Methoden praktisch in der Anwendung. Im Fokus steht dabei auch die Reflexion der eigenen Rolle als Forschende. Wie formt unsere eigenen Perspektive unseren Untersuchungsgegenstand? Wie können wir sie steuern, methodisch erfassen oder sogar fruchtbar machen? Wo finden Emotionen, Affekte und Stimmungen ihren Platz in der Forschung?

Sollte die Veranstaltung nicht als Präsenzformat stattfinden können, wird sie in einer Kombination aus Videokonferenzformaten, begleitetem Selbststudium (u. a. anhand von Videotutorials, Lehrbuchtexten und Methodenerprobungsphasen) und Peer-Coaching durchgeführt werden.

Ziel: Wenn das Seminar sein Ziel erreicht, können die Teilnehmenden anschließend selbständig Daten mittels ethnographischer Methoden erheben und sie hermeneutisch auswerten. Sie haben eine Souveränität im Umgang mit Datenmaterial entwickelt, die es ihnen erlaubt, methodische Herangehensweisen an ihr aktuelles Projekt (z. B. Abschlussarbeit) anzupassen und sie kreativ zu variieren.

Prof. Dr. Anne Barron

Applied Pragmatics: Understanding second language use


In linguistics, the saying "Actions speak louder than words" conceals the fact that in using language, in producing words, we act and change the world. A request uttered by a friend has to be responded to; an apology changes the way we feel about someone.

In this course on pragmatics, we look at how native speakers of different cultures "do things with words" (Austin 1962) and "how learners come to know how-to-say-what-to-whom-when.” (Bardovi-Harlig 2013:68-69). We also discuss how pragmatic competence, an important component of communicative competence, can be taught and we examine how well EFL textbooks are suited to the challenge of equiping learners for communicating in the foreign language.

Students will be expected to engage in empirical research, i.e. to collect and analyse data in groups.

The course is conducted through the medium of English.

A written informative abstract for the conference program (group work) is to be submitted on 20.08.2020 (max. 200 words) (10%)

Given the challenges posed by COVID-19, the course will be an online course. Registered participants will receive a code to register for a moodle course.

Linguistic Heterogeneity in the Classroom


This course deals with the relationship between language and society. We focus on the diversity found in language use in society and how this relates to the language classroom. Our focus will be on gender. We investigate how sexism is expressed and transmitted through language, how men and women use language differently in constructing their social identities and how gender is portrayed in children's literature and in the public arena.

Students will be expected to engage in empirical research, i.e. to collect and analyse data in groups.

A group presentation taking the form of a poster presentation or a powerpoint presentation (in exceptional cases) on 3.09.2020 (total time: 15 minutes, divided into 10 mins presentation + 5 minutes discussion) (90%)

A written informative abstract for the conference program (group work) is to be submitted on 20.08.2020 (max. 200 words) (10%)

Given the challenges posed by COVID-19, the course will be an online course. Registered participants will receive a code to register for a moodle course.

English Linguistics for Educators


An overt understanding of language enables teachers to plan, monitor, evaluate and self-correct when teaching and learning a foreign language, such as English. This course, in offering students an introduction to modern linguistics, equips teachers with this essential meta-awareness.

We look at the specifics of language structure, such as speech sounds (phonetics and phonology), words and their internal structure (morphology), phrases and sentence structure (syntax), meaning of words and sentences (semantics) and finally also the meaning of utterances in communication (pragmatics).

Ziel: The goal of this course is to introduce students to the scientific study of language by providing them with an opportunity to learn more about the systematic organisation of languages and how they are used in communication. Focus is on the English language.

Speech acts and speech act theory - practical explorations


In this module, we look at language use and politeness. We examine speech act theory and politeness theories and look at how politeness in speech act use and in speech act realisations may differ across cultures and how identity is performed via speech act use and speech act realisations. Students are invited to carry out their own empirical projects. To this aim, hands-on methodology will form an important part of this course. Students will become familar with a range of tools for transcription, data analysis (f4, f4analyse) and also with English-language corpora.

Students are obliged to conduct an empirical study on the topic area using data they collect and analyse themselves.

The seminar will be conducted in English.

Irina Pandarova, M.A.

Intro to English Linguistics - Übung 1


This tutorial complements the seminar "Introduction to English Linguistics". The purpose and contents of the tutorial are practical activities designed to follow up and illustrate those concepts and methods introduced and discussed in the above-mentioned class. It aims to improve students' skills in using linguistic methods through practical exercises.

Intro to English Linguistics - Übung 2


This tutorial complements the seminar "Introduction to English Linguistics". The purpose and contents of the tutorial are practical activities designed to follow up and illustrate those concepts and methods introduced and discussed in the above-mentioned class. It aims to improve students' skills in using linguistic methods through practical exercises.

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