In this course you will learn about vocabulary and the practical use of grammar. We will focus on differences between English and Norwegian which create difficulties for Norwegian learners of English. Another important topic is how our choice of words and grammatical constructions is influenced by non-linguistic factors, such as text type and the degree of formality of the speech situation. The course also has a component about geographical variation in Standard English, such as differences between American and British English. In addition, we will look at linguistic variation caused by language change.
Knowledge: Having completed the course, the student
is aware of different aspects of the use of words and constructions (style, collocations, idioms etc.)
has knowledge about words and constructions that cause problems for Norwegian learners of English and also about the causes of these problems
has basic knowledge of variation in English and of the causes of variation
is familiar withthe basic writing conventions in English (punctuation, the use of capital letters etc.)
Skills: Having completed the course, the student
is able to describe aspects of vocabulary and practical grammar using linguistic terminology
can make full use of reference works (dictionaries, handbooks etc.) and knows which types of reference works provide which type of information
General competence: Having completed the course, the student
is able to use her/his acquired knowledge and skills in further studies of English linguistics or literature/culture, and in other courses taught in English
is able to use her/his acquired knowledge and skills in teaching and the dissemination of knowledge in other arenas
is able to use her/his acquired knowledge and skills in general communication
Teaching methods and workload
Lectures and seminars. 80 % compulsory attendance in seminars. Practice for the teacher students. The workload is estimated to 270 hous.
Course evaluation is carried out as a midterm evaluation in accordance with standard procedure in the quality assurance system, chapter 2.1.1., unless other information is given in the beginning of the semester.
All students: 80 % compulsory attendance in seminars. For the teacher students: Practice, 1 assignment and 3 multiple choice exercises must be assessed as a pass. Other students: 2 assignments and 3 multiple choice exercises must be assessed as a Pass.
Assessment methods and criteria
4-hour written examination. No examination support material is allowed. Graded assessment.