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EPQ: Helping Students Develop Their Research Skills with Dr Marta Simo Comas from University of Reading

January 23 @ 12:30 - 13:10



The aim of this interactive talk for teachers is to provide you with effective tools to assist you to guide students through the process of organizing and writing an independent research project. Although not exclusively, it is particularly relevant for teachers supporting EPQs with a Modern Languages focus.

The talk includes a set of materials (that could be used in class or as independent preparation outside the class) that are based on our experiences on undergraduate research practices.

Objectives for this presentation

  • To share with you our experience in developing research skills at undergraduate level.
  • To stimulate the flow of ideas that will enable you to develop and promote your students’ research skills.
  • To provide you with materials to guide your students through their individual research projects.

Structure of this presentation

Undergraduate students often struggle with developing a research routine. They find it daunting to take the first step, they struggle with time management, and they are often unable to understand the research project as a logical process.

Breaking a research assignment into smaller, more manageable parts, gives the student the opportunity to focus on and master parts of the research process that otherwise may seem insurmountable.

With the aim of illustrating the key stages of a research project, this presentation is structured around a few key steps that will help scaffold the assignment into manageable parts.

  • How to choose a research project
  • How to get started
  • How to structure your project
  • How to build an argument
  • How to promote critical thinking


Suitable for: Teachers and school staff involved in supporting students carrying out EPQs. Although not exclusively, it is particularly relevant for teachers supporting EPQs with a Modern Languages focus.

Lecture Biography (Please click): Dr Marta Simo Comas

Preparation or Pre-Reading: None is required although participants might like to consider questions they have about supporting students with their EPQs.

The IT Setup: The setup is similar to Skype, using a pc and webcam, although students take part as a group with the image projected on a whiteboard rather than as individuals in front of lots of pcs. Dedicated videoconferencing equipment is also compatible if available to the school. We will work with your IT department to ensure everything is set up and working prior to the event. The sessions are generally limited to 3 to 5 schools to maintain the interactive nature of the experience.

Booking a Place: If you and/or a group of teachers would like to take part in this event, please contact us via email or via the contact form at the top right of this webpage (or at the bottom if you are on a mobile device!) Subject to availability we will book a place for you. These sessions are free to schools and colleges.


January 23
12:30 - 13:10
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