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Research Formulation: Creating a Research Question and Gathering Resources

Course Description

This content-based English course will cover the basics of the secondary research process. Students will learn what it means to be a researcher, from the first steps of identifying a research topic and defining a research question, to finding reliable and relevant resources in the form of print texts, journal articles, online databases, government publications, and more. Students will also be given an overview of methodology, including the difference between quantitative and qualitative and the type of research methods utilized in each type of research. Lessons will combine lecture, independent work, and guest speaker presentations, requiring students to engage with course material in class and complete homework assignments based on the previous week’s course topic. By the end of the course, students will create a bibliography complete with diverse sources, usable for completion of a full-length research paper in a future CKS or university course.
Course will cover:

  • Defining a research question
  • Choosing a research topic
  • Generating key terms
  • Research methodologies
  • Finding sources
  • Evaluating sources for quality and reliability
  • Creating a bibliography
  • Presenting research topic and relevant material to class


  • Intermediate Level English language proficiency
  • Good level of English: reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • Ability to fully attend the course
  • Strong interest in academic research, writing and communicating in English language

How to apply

  • CV (2-page max.)
  • Cover Letter (1-page) describing your interest in the course, your relevant qualifications, and how you will use the skill/knowledge that you gain.
  • Participation is limited. Please email your CV and Cover Letter to [email protected] no later than January 31, 2022 with the subject line: Registration for Research Formulation Course 2022
  • Only selected applicants will be contacted with further steps. The students who complete the course successfully will receive a certificate at the end. Students who miss more than 2 meetings and/or do not deliver assignments as required will be considered as unsuccessfully completing the course. Please be sure your schedule allows time for full participation.


William Grear is a 2021-22 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award recipient, representing the United States in Cambodia as a cultural ambassador and teaching courses in the English BA program at the University of Southeast-Asia. Will also provides English programming and assistance at Siem Reap non-profits and cultural institutions, including the Center for Khmer Studies and the American Corner at USEA. Prior to traveling to Cambodia, Will worked full-time in education for a non-profit community-based organization, teaching arts and literacy after-school programs at middle schools in the Brooklyn and Queens boroughs of New York City. Will graduated from Princeton University in 2020 with a degree in political theory, where he spent much of his free time playing trumpet and piano in the university’s jazz program. In Siem Reap, Will loves to ride his bike to Angkor Wat, read, and try local and international cuisine.

Marie Catanese is a 2021-22 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award recipient. As an ETA Marie works at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia – Siem Reap within their BA English Language Program. Duties include providing an educational and cultural exchange, being a native speaker’s resource at the university, and conducting English-based programming for students to attend. Marie will also be assisting at American Corners and Education USA to promote cross-cultural learning and provide students the opportunity to learn more about the U.S. Marie graduated in 2020 from Bucknell University and majored in International Relations and Environmental Studies. While in Siem Reap, Marie enjoys biking around the city, trying local food, and attempting to speak Khmer.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the publications and through webinars are solely those of the authors or speakers. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of The Center for Khmer Studies, Inc. The designations employed in the publications and through the webinars, and the presentation of material therein, do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of The Center for Khmer Studies, Inc. as to the matters discussed therein. The responsibility for opinions expressed in the publications and webinars are solely those of the authors or speakers, and the publication does not constitute an endorsement by The Center for Khmer Studies, Inc. of the opinions, views or issues discussed therein.


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