Doctoral Programme in Language Acquisition in Multilingual Settings

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Activities of the Master's Degree and Doctorate School

Course in Information Tools and Resources for Doctoral DegreeShow/hide subpages

Character:
Optional
Hours:
12
Description:
It is planned as a course with compulsory attendance, with a theoretical explanation of each of the modules, which will be accompanied by a series of practical exercises which the participants must perform throughout the sessions.
Results:
The doctoral student will acquire the necessary tools to access, evaluate, use and disseminate information in an ethical manner.
Assessment systems:
It is an on-site seminar, and therefore attendance is compulsory and will be monitored by means of signatures for each of the modules. At the end of the activity the tutor will be given a report allowing an assessment of the acquisition of the skills associated with this activity.

Trans-boundary doctorialsShow/hide subpages

Character:
Optional
Hours:
40
Description:
These are intensive residential seminars lasting a week. They are conducted in English in an inter-disciplinary and multicultural environment. Forty researchers from each university, in their second year of doctoral training, receive extensive training designed for their future vocational integration in a socio-labour environment not exclusively linked to research at universities and/or public and semi-public centres. All the activities are dynamised by personnel specializing in the organization of doctorials and the facilitation of teamwork. The scheduled activities include visits to companies, research centres and cultural entities selected from both sides of the border, the testimonies of executive doctors and entrepreneurs and teamwork for the joint preparation of an innovative project which will be submitted at the end of the encounter. Participation in the doctorials is optional and does not entail any enrolment fee. All the maintenance, accommodation and transport costs will be financed by the organizing universities, with the help of the funding obtained from the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Aquitaine-Euskadi cooperation fund of the Basque government.
Results:
The doctoral students acquire practical training in communication, innovation, teamwork, leadership and entrepreneurship. Based on the testimonies and experiences of different professionals working in companies and associations in the field of culture and language, as well as visits to companies and associations, the students come into direct contact with professional experience. These seminars have an inter-disciplinary approach, grouping the students together in units which combine different universities of origin and areas of knowledge. The experience should provide a wealth of knowledge about how to articulate a future professional project both in and outside the University.
Assessment systems:
The whole procedure for the doctorials is overseen by a pedagogical cabinet, with professional advisers who will provide continuous feedback on the group activity and monitor the work done every day by the doctoral students. Once the latter have enrolled for the doctorials, attendance and active participation in the sessions is compulsory.

Program activities

Annual International Seminar on SLA Topics Show/hide subpages

Character:
Compulsory
Hours:
15
Description:
Five presentations lasting 60 minutes each day by specialists in the subject which has been chosen for the congress. Subsequent meetings with doctoral students.
Results:
Doctoral students get fully updated information on the subject which been proposed as the axis of the congress.
Assessment systems:
At the international congresses attendance by the doctoral students will be monitored daily and at the end of the event they will have to hand their tutors a report allowing them to assess the acquisition of the skills associated with this activity. They will receive a certificate of attendance from the research group responsible for organizing the event, recording its title and date and the number of hours it has lasted.

Difusión en Publicaciones de Reconocido PrestigioShow/hide subpages

Character:
Compulsory
Hours:
100
Description:
The activity consists of the following phases: - Compilation of the research results which are intended to be sent for publication. - Reflection on the coherence between the hypothesis formulated and the results achieved. - Selection of an impact magazine whose scope fits the work performed. - Preparation of the article in English and adapting to the demands of the magazine. - Sending of the article and monitoring of the state of evaluation. - Analysis of the response of the editor and reviewers. Conclusions and future actions. Throughout their stay on the doctoral program, the students will prepare at least one publication for an internationally-renowned journal. This activity will preferably be performed from the second year of enrolment on the program onwards.
Results:
The following learning results are established for the activity involving diffusion in prestigious publications: - Acquiring the ability to make a critical analysis of the correlationship between the hypothesis formulated and the results obtained. - Acquiring the ability to classify magazines by their impact and their thematic objective. - Acquiring the ability to write a quality article in English, intended for external peer review. - Acquiring the ability to assimilate the criticisms and suggestions of the reviewers, using this feedback to redirect the research work, if appropriate.
Assessment systems:
The thesis directors will be responsible for ensuring control of the following deliverables: - Manuscript sent to the selected magazine. - Revision received and, if appropriate, corrections to the original manuscript.

Estancias pre-doctorales para obtención de tesis internacionalShow/hide subpages

Character:
Optional
Hours:
500
Description:
Making a pre-doctoral stay. Collecting of experimental data or analysis of that already collected. Participation in training activities organized by the host university.
Results:
Supplementary training. Progress in the drafting of the doctoral thesis.
Assessment systems:
In pre-doctoral stays, the tutor of the doctoral student will monitor his or her progress weekly or fortnightly by means of meetings on Skype or other similar means. In this way it will be known whether the doctoral student is actually benefiting from his or her stay at the receiving centre. Furthermore, the tutor has to obtain all the necessary information from the professor supervising the doctoral student at the host university in order to assess whether the stay at the centre has been beneficial.

Ponencia en Reunión Científica Show/hide subpages

Character:
Compulsory
Hours:
40
Description:
The doctoral student must prepare a paper for at least one prestigious congress in his or her area and defend its communication. The activity therefore consists of the following phases: - Selecting the most suitable conference for the presentation. - Preparation of the written paper and the oral presentation or a poster format. - In situ presentation by the doctoral student. - Writing of a brief report on the most interesting work which, in the doctoral student's opinion, is presented at the conference.
Results:
The following learning results are established for the presentation activity at a scientific meeting: - Acquiring the ability to select the most appropriate forum for the research work underway. - Acquiring the ability to communicate the development and results of the research in a scientific forum. - Acquire the ability to establish contacts with other researchers from institutions different from that of the doctoral student. - Acquiring the ability to synthesize the relevant information of the different presentations and plenary lectures.
Assessment systems:
The thesis directors will be responsible for ensuring control of the following deliverables: - Certificate of attendance at the congress. - Synthesis report with a critical appraisal of other interesting contributions, in the doctoral student's opinion.

Special Topics in SLAShow/hide subpages

Character:
Compulsory
Hours:
12
Description:
Interactive classes between the specialist and the doctoral students on the topic which has been chosen, always related to language acquisition in multilingual contexts.
Results:
The students will prepare a final project in accordance with the requirements established by the guest professor and will focus on a particular topic.
Assessment systems:
On this type of course the monitoring will be carried out by the professor who teaches the corresponding course. Besides controlling his or her attendance at the different sessions, the doctoral student will have to submit a final project which will be assessed by the teaching staff responsible.