PhD Programme in Language Pedagogy

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Course Structure

 

 

In order to fulfil the requirements for obtaining the PhD degree, candidates have to complete their coursework, do independent research, publish their work, take the comprehensive doctoral examination, and write and defend their dissertation. This page provides information on the structure of the courses to be taken:

 

Course Structure - for students starting their studies in 2016 or later

 

Course Structure - for students who started their studies in 2015 or before

 

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Course Structure

- for students starting their studies in 2016 or later

 

As of 2016 the courses in the Doctoral School of Education are advertised in a modular

system. The three modules are:

 

Module 1: Foundations of research in Language PedagogY

Module 2: Research methods in Language Pedagogy – research seminars

Module 3: Topics in Language Pedagogy – elective courses

 

 


 

Units

Programme Component

Timing

1-3

3 Obligatory Content Courses - Module 1

(Neptun codes*: DNEV16-NYA.... and DEDU16-LPRF...)

semesters 1 and 2

4-7

4 Research Seminars - Module 2

(Neptun codes: DNEV16-NYM... and DEDU16-LPRM...)

semesters 1 to 4

8-12

5 Elective Courses: statutory electives;

 individual courses; external electives       - Module 3 (Neptun codes: DNEV16-NYV... and DEDU16-LPE... )

typically semesters 2 to 4

* Codes starting with DNEV are used for Hungarian students, while DEDU codes are used for foreign students.

 

Waivers for a restricted number of courses may be obtained from the Faculty's Doctoral Credit Transfer Committee. Waivers are granted on the basis of courses completed in other programmes with the endorsement of the Programme Director or the Director of Studies.

 

Course  and Research Schedule for students starting their studies in 2016

 

As of 2016 The doctoral training is divided into two parts:

Semesters 1-4: Taking taught and elective courses in Language Pedagogy

Semesters 5-8: Taking individual consultations, doing research, publishing and writing up the dissertation.

N.B. Some refinements are still likely to be added to this system by the Doctoral Council.

 

Bearing this in mind, a typical course schedule leading to the completion of the PhD might look as follows:

 


 

 

Year 1

Coursework

Year 2

Coursework

Year 3

Research

Year 4

Research

Semester 1

2 Obligatory Courses

1 Research Seminar 1

  

  

  

(Semester 1)

2 Elective Courses

1 Research Seminar 3

 (Publishing, presenting)

  

  

(Semester 3)

1 Indiv. Cons.

Research

Publishing

  

  

(Semester 5)

1 Indiv. Cons.

Research

Publishing

Dissertation

  

(Semester 7)

 

Semester 2

1 Obligatory Course

1 Elective Course

1 Research Seminar 2

  

  

(Semester 2)

2 Elective Courses

1 Research Seminar 4

    (Publishing, presenting)

   

    

(Semester 4)

1 Indiv. Cons.

Research

Publishing

   

   

(Semester 6)

1 Indiv. Cons.

Research

(Publishing)

Dissertation

 

(Semester 8)

 

Credits also have to be earned through academic activities and tertiary teaching.

 

An overview of the complete schedule of the courses, research work, tertiary teaching and the comprehensive doctoral examination (komplex vizsga) in Hungarian can be downloaded from here.

 

 

 

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Course Structure

- for students who started their studies in 2015 or before

 

1  Overview of the Course Structure

    1.1 Course Structure for those who started their studies in 2015 or before

2  Taught Courses

     2.1  Obligatory Content Courses

     2.2  The Obligatory Research Seminar Series

     2.3  Elective Courses

3  Individual Consultations

Course Schedule

    4.1 Course Schedule for those who started their studies in 2015 or before

    

 

1 Overview of Structure

 

1.1 Course Structure for those who started their studies in 2015 or before

 

Before submitting the dissertation, programme participants must obtain 16 units (each worth 7 credits; for details see section 1.6 under Programme Information) consisting of obligatory and elective courses, research seminars and individual consultations, each worth one unit. More specifically, the 16 units are made up in the following way:

 


 

Units

Programme Component

Timing

1-3

3 Obligatory Content Courses

semesters 1 and 2

4-7

4 Research Seminars

semesters 1 to 4

8-12

5 Elective Courses: statutory electives;

   individual courses; external electives

typically semesters 2 to 4

13-16

4 Individual Consultations

typically semesters 3 to 6

 

Waivers for a restricted number of courses may be obtained from the Faculty's Doctoral Credit Transfer Committee. Waivers are granted on the basis of courses completed in other programmes with the endorsement of the Programme Director or the Director of Studies.

 

 

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2 Taught Courses

 

Taught courses involve one 90-minute session per week for one semester. Courses typically involve a set curriculum and reading list and are individually assessed. Taught courses are either obligatory or elective. See the Course Outlines page for a description of our subjects.

 

2.1 Obligatory content courses

 

There are three obligatory content courses which must be taken in the first two semesters of the programme:

(1) Focus on the Language Learner and Learner Language: An Overview

(2) Focus on the Language Teacher: An Overview

(3) Research Design and Statistics

 

Course assessment differs in the three courses depending on the course focus and on the nature of the tasks set. For more details see section 1.1 Requirements for content courses (obligatory and elective) on the Programme Information page.

 

2.2 The obligatory research seminar series

 

The Research Seminars (1-4) involve one session per week throughout the first four semesters of the programme. They are to be taken in the order indicated by their number (Research Seminar 1 is a prerequisite to Research Seminar 2, etc.). These courses are obligatory and have a dual purpose:

-   They provide training in research thinking, research design and methodology and address practical issues of how to complete doctoral research successfully on a part-time programme like this.

-    They are intended to provide the opportunity to conduct individual research, present the results verbally in a conference-like situation and, following a peer discussion, write them up in a formal paper.

 

Course achievement is assessed on a combination of attendance, participation, oral presentations and a written-up version of the presentation or individual research. The major assignment in Research Seminar 4 is to complete the research proposal for the dissertation. A more detailed description of the contents and the requirements of the Research Seminars may be found on the Course Outlines page as well as sections 1.2 and 1.3 on the Programme Information page.

 

 

2.3 Elective courses

 

Statutory Electives: These are courses offered by lecturers within the programme. The participants' needs and wants are surveyed from time to time before planning the elective courses to be advertised. The list of courses and the timetable of the following semester are made public at the end of each semester.

 

Individual Courses: These courses are initiated by students with a special interest in a particular topic not offered under the Statutory Electives list, with the approval of the Programme Director. They are designed in co-operation with an instructor (including title, aim, list of readings, form of assessment); however they are more structured than Individual Consultations (see section 1.4 under Programme Information), requiring regular meetings with the instructor and involving formal assessment. An individual course may be run for one or more students.

 

External Electives: These are courses external to the ELTE PhD Programme in Language Pedagogy offered by other PhD programmes in Hungary or abroad. They are accepted as valid units for the PhD Programme in Language Pedagogy only if approval is obtained from the Programme Director.

 

Course assessment differs in the courses depending on the course focus and the nature of the tasks set. For more details see section 1.1 Requirements for content courses (obligatory and elective) on the Programme Information page.

 

 

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3 Individual Consultations

 

Individual Consultations involve regular meetings with the PhD supervisor (ideally in the second and subsequent years of the programme) leading to the completion of the dissertation. A minimum of four consultations must be held in order to qualify for a 7-credit course.

 

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4 Course Schedule

 

4.1 Course Schedule for those who started their studies in 2015 or before

 

The programme is designed to be as flexible as possible within the confines of university regulations and staff availability. The only restrictions we stipulate are that the three obligatory courses must be taken in the first year and the four research seminars must be taken one in each of the first four semesters. However, it is advised that participants complete their PhD as soon as possible and hence to confine the taught components to the first two years, leaving the third and subsequent years to concentrate entirely on the dissertation.

 

In order to have a valid semester, it is necessary to have at least 14 credits (e.g., two completed seminars; for more details see 1.6 under Programme Information). Experience shows that it is realistic to take three courses per semester. Bearing this in mind, a typical course schedule leading to the completion of the PhD might look as follows:

 


 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3 and beyond

Semester 1

2 Obligatory Courses

1 Research Seminar 1

2 Elective Courses

1 Research Seminar 3

 

1 Individual Consultation

1 Elective Course

Semester 2

1 Obligatory Course

1 Elective Course

1 Research Seminar 2

1 Elective Course

1 Research Seminar 4*

1 Individual Consultation

2 Individual Consultations

 

 

*Note: Research Seminar 4 is to be taken in the fourth semester, but because of the required administrative procedures it should be entered in credit books only when the Research Proposal is officially accepted by the Dissertation Proposal Committee.

 

 

Courses are normally taught between 9 am and 6 pm on Thursdays during the academic year. However, some courses offered by guest professors are taught intensively, typically in two separate sessions, at least one month apart. Intensive courses are normally taught on Friday and Saturday, with four 90-minute sessions on Friday and three on Saturday. Intensive courses thus come to a total of fourteen sessions, or twenty-eight academic hours of teaching, just like regular courses.

 

 

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