Singapore University of Social Sciences

Approaches to Malay Language Research

Approaches to Malay Language Research (MLL351)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Malay

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


This course trains students in best practices in language research. They will explore a wide range of current topics in Malay language research and learn how to craft a research proposal and avoid pitfalls in conducting research in theoretical and applied linguistics. A research proposal will be the final outcome of the course. Both quantitative and qualitative research will be examined in the course. Students are expected to be adept at both approaches to language research and be able to extrapolate their findings to the workplace, bearing in mind ethics and Malay cultural sensitivity.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Introduction - An Overview
  • Writing a research paper
  • Key areas in language research
  • Literature review
  • Quantitative research frameworks
  • Qualitative research frameworks
  • Research Design
  • Planning your own research proposal
  • Ethics in research
  • Variations in the Malay linguistic landscape
  • Malay language research in Singapore
  • Cultural sensitivity in Malay language research

Learning Outcome

  • Illustrate the key concepts Language Research (B3)
  • Debate the rationale of conducting language research (B4)
  • Employ the theoretical framework of language research – quantative & qualitative (B3)
  • Design a proposal for a research in language. (B5)
  • Test validity of data (B4)
  • Formulate research questions based on existing studies, using appropriate methodologies. (B5)
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