Materials

Week 1: What is scientific research?

  • Consider what “scientific research” means, by exploring some key words and ideas

  • Introduce the concept of ‘scientific method’ and considers the different steps in doing scientific research

  • Consider how scientific English texts vary according to who is writing them, who is reading them, and what their purposes are

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Week 2 & 3: Getting started

  • Explore the topic by answering some questions

  • Be guided through the steps you should take to start doing the research.

Multitasking

  • Investigating people’s ability to multitask

Laughter and mood

  • Investigating the relationship between laughter and mood

The effects of music

  • Investigating ways in which people are affected by music

Multitasking

Laughter and mood

The effects of music

Week 4: Reporting research

  • look at what sections reports usually contain, in what sequence (order) the sections occur and some of the language you might find in different sections

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Answer to task 3

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Week 5: Exploring introductions in research reports

  • Explore the introduction sections of two research reports written by students in Hong Kong

  • Identify six elements which often occur in such introductions

  • Explore some features of vocabulary and grammar typically used in introductions

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Week 6: Writing introductions from notes

  • Put into a logical order notes from one of the introductions ( on waste disposal) and then to re-write part of or the whole of the introduction from the notes

  • Re-write from notes the part of the second introduction (on texting) that reports previous research

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Week 7: Explaining how the research was carried out

  • Examine a sample methods sections from a research report written by university students

  • Write a methods section based upon a set of  instructions for carrying out a research project

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Week 8: Drafting your methods section

  • Write the first draft of your methods section

  • Share your draft with your classmates and get comments from them

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Week 9: Presenting and describing results

  • look at ways of displaying and describing results using two different kinds of graphs

  • Practice describing some  results yourself

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Week 10: Drafting your results section

  • Write the first draft of your results section

  • Share your draft with your classmates and get comments from them

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Week 11: Discussions and conclusions

  • look at ways of displaying and describing results using two different kinds of graphs

  • Practice describing some  results yourself

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Week 12: Completing your first draft

  • Write the first draft of your discussion and conclusion sections

  • Share your draft with your classmates and get comments from them

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