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Term Paper in English Linguistics: History of English

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeENG261
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

ECTS Credits

10

Level of Study

Bachelor

Semester of Instruction

Spring and Autumn

Place of Instruction

Bergen

Objectives and Content

In English linguistics at 200-level, students take the same course as either ENG221 (school exam) or ENG261 (term paper).

The course introduces central aspects in the historical development of English, and aims to give students insight into central topics of the history of the English language. The course may either look at several stages in the development of English, or focus on one specific stage of development. Moreover, the course can include both language-internal and language-external examples, and look at tropes in word- and sentence structure, pronunciation, vocabulary and spelling. Normally, the course will further include a study of primary texts from an earlier stage in the development of English, along with theoretical readings.

ENG261 is an elective course in the specialization in English at the 200-level.

Students specializing in linguistics, in addition to ENG261, take the following courses:

- ENG223 (modern linguistics) and

- One course in English literature and culture, either ENG222 or ENG224.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The student should:

- have extended his or her understanding of the English language from a historical perspective.

- Have insight into the principles of changes in languages in general and an understanding of changes in English specifically.

Skills

The student should:

- can discuss and analyse English in light of historical developments

General competence

The student:

- has practiced a critical and independent approach to central linguistic questions.

- can express himself or herself in correct academic English

Required Previous Knowledge

While there is no formal requirement, the reading list and teaching presuppose that the students have in-depth knowledge of English grammar and phonetics, which corresponds to good results in the courses ENG114, ENG115, ENG107, ENG108 and ENG109.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed the introductory semester as well as ENG114, ENG115, ENG107, ENG108, ENG109, ENG122 and ENG125, or equivalent.

Specifically, it is highly recommended that students have completed EXFAC00AS Language and Communication, ENG100, ENG114, ENG115, ENG107, ENG108 and ENG109 with a good result, or have equivalent knowledge (cf. Required Previous Knowledge).

For students with a background other than the Norwegian school system, a level of competence in English corresponding to C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is recommended.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all with admission to the University of Bergen.

For exchange students:
Applicants have to document English language proficiency to access the course. Student should hold a level of C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR). For valid tests, please see uib.no/exchange.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Seminars: up to 24 hours (normally 2 hours per week for 12 weeks).

In the case that less than five students register for a course, the organized teaching may be adapted to fit the number of students. If this occurs, students will be informed at the start of the semester, and before the registration deadline 1. February/1. September.

Students are expected to take part in and actively contribute to teaching. This expectation is also the basis for the preparation towards the exam.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students have the right to supervision in working with the term paper. Supervision is also compulsory. Each student must complete 2 supervision meetings. Students must submit a draft of their term paper, attend supervision and follow guidelines and meet deadlines set by the Department and the course teacher. Students who fail to meet these requirements may not submit their term paper for assessment.

Compulsory Assignments are valid in the teaching semester and in the following semester.

Forms of Assessment

The exam is a supervised term paper of 4000-5000 words, excluding the bibliography and any attachments, on a topic the student chooses in agreement with the course instructor. In the re-take exam, the student, who has completed the compulsory supervision in the teaching semester, hands in the term paper without further supervision.

In addition there is an oral exam, in which the students are tested on the entire reading list as well as the term paper. The term paper must be approved before the student can take the oral exam. The oral exam is given a separate assessment.

When determining the final grade for the entire course, the grade of the term paper counts two-thirds, while the grade in the oral exam counts one-third. Both parts of the exam must receive a passing grade in order to get a passing grade in total.

The term paper fulfills the demand on an independent piece of research that can be part of a bachelor degree.

Examination Support Material

None.

Grading Scale

The exam is marked in the grade scale A-F, where F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

The exam in ENG261 is given each semester: a regular exam at the end of the teaching semester and a mid-term re-take exam in the following semester.

Hausten 2017 er siste semester det blir arrangert eksamen på slutten av haustsemester. Frå og med våren 2018 blir det arrangert eksamen på slutten av vårsemesteret og utsett eksamen midt i haustsemesteret

Reading List

The reading list is comprised of general topics in the history of English, as well as primary texts. The reading list will be available by 1 June for the Autumn semester, and 1 December for the Spring Semester.

Course Evaluation

The teaching is evaluated in accordance with the quality control system of the University of Bergen.

Programme Committee

The Program Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.

Course Administrator

The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.

Contact

Contact Information

studierettleiar@uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Semester paper and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    14.11.2017
    • Exam part: Oral examination

    • Exam part: Semester paper

      Submission deadline
      28.11.2017, 13:00
      Examination system
      Inspera
      Digital exam