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Undergraduate course

English Phonetics and Phonology

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Objectives and Content

The course aims to give insight into English pronunciation and into central concepts in phonetics and phonology. It also aims to provide a set of linguistic working tools.

Learning Outcomes

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


The student

- will have basic insights into the sound system of English and of central analytic concepts in phonetics and phonology.


The student

- is able to use this knowledge to analyse linguistic material

- is in command of the relevant linguistics concepts and vocabulary

General competence


- have sufficient competence to extend their knowledge, for example through further studies in English linguistics

- can express themselves in correct academic English

Required Previous Knowledge

No formal requirements, see Recommended Previous Knowledge

Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is strongly advised that students, in addition to fulfilling the general admission requirements, also have good grades in specialized English courses from Upper Secondary School.

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.

The teaching demands knowledge equivalent to EXFAC00SK Basic Linguistics and ENG100. Students are strongly recommended to have completed these courses before continuing to study English.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Due to course overlap, a student cannot receive credit for ENG115 in combination with ENG101 (5 ECTS) and ENG112 (5 ECTS). The number of attempts on the exam is three, this includes attemnpts in ENG101.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.

For exchange students:
Applicants have to document English language proficiency to access the course. Students 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 and learning methods

Lectures and groups: up to 36 hours.

Students are expected to be actively present in class. This expectation is also the basis for the preparation towards the exam.

In the case that fewer 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.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

There are no compulsory assignments, but students may write practice exam. It is highly recommended that students do so.

Forms of Assessment

The exam is a three-hour school exam.

The exam may be digital.

Examination Support Material

No aids are allowed during the exam.

Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester

An exam in ENG115 is offered each semester - the regular exam at the end of the spring semester and the re-take exam in the middle of the fall semester.

Reading List

The curriculum is comprised of general topics in English phonetics and phonology. The reading list will be available by 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 Programme Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study programme, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.

Course Administrator

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

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    12.05.2022, 09:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam