(Give a title which clearly reflects the proposed study)

Chapter I – Introduction

A. Background of the Study: (2 pages)

  1. What led to the proposed study?
  2. Rationale of the study:

Briefly explain (a) the reasons why the research is important,(b)relevant findings of previous researches, (c) and arguments how this research will add to knowledge in this area)

B. Objectives

(Phrase the objective statement in line with the nature of the problem)

C. Research Question(s) (or Problems Statement)

(identifies and clearly and precisely states the specific problem to be investigated)

D. Significance of the study

(point out the benefit(s) to get if the study is done and to whom it is important)

E. Scope of the study

(precisely list the limitations of the study due to time, administrative, and budget constraints)

F. Operational Definitions

(List and define unique terms, i.e. those that may cause misinterpretation)

Chapter II – Literature Review, Conceptual Framework and Hypothesis

A. Review of Related Literature

  1. Briefly cite prominent literature related to the research questions (especially empirical studies)
  2. Critically evaluate research questions, methodology and findings of studies cited and how they related to the intended study

Anytime you cited from someone works, use the APA Citation Style. You can use the following slide to get a practical guide:

B. Conceptual Framework

(show the relationship of the background to the problems and show how the present proposed research could provide solutions to the problems or contribute to the literature)

C. Hypothesis

Chapter III – Research Methodology

  1. Briefly describe the design of the study. Do you intend to use quantitative or qualitative methods?
  2. Do you intend to conduct a survey or do an experiment? Do you intend to use a case study to study in-depth certain phenomenon?
  3. Do you intend to do an evaluation of a program or something you designed?
  4. Describe what data collection techniques you are going to employ for your study. For example; questionnaires, interview, observations, document analysis, video & audio recordings, tests, etc.
  5. In general, this chapter is written by including the following sub-section:

A. Specific Research Purpose and Research Questions

(estate the research purpose and research questions previously provided in Chapter I to help the reader easily relate the research purpose and research questions to the research method)

B. Research Method

(Briefly but concisely describes the research method to be used)

C. Population and Sample

(Describe the population accurately and explains what technique is used to determine the sample)

D. Data Collection Instrument and Technique

(Describe how the data will be collected, including the specific technique, its procedure and the instruments for collecting data)

E. Data Analysis Technique

(Briefly but concisely describe the research data analysis technique to be used i.e. descriptive analysis and the statistical analysis (e.g. t-test)—if one will be used)

F. Validity and reliability (Triangulation)

(Describe the steps you took to assess the instrument’s validity and how its reliability is measured. If the instrument to be used was designed by someone else, then describe the previous validity and reliability. In qualitative research and action research, this section is entitled with triangulation).

G. Research Procedure

(Describe any special procedures that will be followed [getting permission to enter the research site from the authority, presentation of an informed consent form, conducting the research, and writing the report]).


(Use the APA Style. As a Guideline, study APA Citation and Referencing Style).

P.S. Write the proposal in about 16-20 pages

A more detailed guidelines for writing research proposal, particularly in the field of ELT, could be accessed on: Guidelines for Writing Research Proposal

Other Relevant Links:

Writing the Research Proposal
Research-Proposal Writing


  1. Dear Mr. Parlin

    This time I would like to write the outline of the research proposal for Chapter I.




    A. Background
    1. This research proposal is proposed to increase the childrens’ abilty in learning
    2. The rationale of this study are :
    a. The reason of the research is to make students feel fun when they learn
    b. Children’s concentration levels are relatively short, so they easily get bored in
    studying. Here, teacher have to teach using interesting games in order to they
    can understand the lesson.
    c. Learning English using this game makes students can communicate in English
    and also increase their vocabulary.

    B. Research Questions
    The problem is specifically formulated as follow :
    1. Can Mallet Mallet game help the students to learn English well?
    2. How Mallet Mallet game increase the students’ ability in English?

    C. Objectives
    The goals of this study are :
    1. To describe the process of teaching using Mallet Mallet game.
    2. To describe the student’s attention when learning English using Mallet Mallet
    3. To improve the students’ confidence to speak English.

    D. Significant of the study
    The researcher wills this study could gives useful information and contributions to
    the students, teacher, other teachers, and parents or others.
     For students ; Learning English with an interesting game can help them to
    learn English well. This method can improve their confidence to speak English.
    They seemed to enjoy the game.
     For teacher ; It will give her new knowledge that teaching English with
    Mallet Mallet game is an effective way.
     For other teachers ; The result of this study can provide a basis for conducting
    researches on the same area.
     For parents or others ; They know how to teach English to their children.

    E. Scope of the study
    Due to the researcher time and budget constraints, the participants in this study
    will be limited to students of Don Bosco 1 Kindergarten only. It cannot be
    generalized to other students in other schools.

    F. Operational Definitions
    For the purpose of this research, improvement is operationally defined as
    postest score minus pretest score.

    Thank you for reading

  2. Dear all,
    Please post the outline of the research proposal you are going to write for the final assignment of this class. Please study this proposal outline to give you a clearer idea on what to post. Deadline: Thursday, December 7, 2012.
    Good luck!

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