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Selected Topics in English Language Variation

ECTS Credits

5

Level of Study

Bachelor

Teaching semester

Autumn

Place of Instruction

Bergen

Objectives and Content

ENG119 builds on ENG114, ENG115 (ENG101).

ENG119 provides students with and offers insight into selected aspects of English language variation. The course will also provide students with the concepts and terminology that is required for accurate linguistic description and analysis. The content of the course will vary year to year. The course can for example include topics from various national, international and/or regional varieties of English, English as a global language, pidgin- and creole varieties, etc.

Language variation may be approached from a phonological, morphological or syntactic perspective or a combination of these disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

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

Knowledge

The student

- will have acquired detailed knowledge about English language variation

- will be able to precisely describe English language variation

Skills

The student

- has developed and can employ the concepts and terminology relevant for accurate linguistic description and analysis

General competence

The student

- will have acquired the skills necessary to extend their knowledge through further studies of linguistics at 200-level

- is skilled in expressing academic ideas in written and spoken English

Required Previous Knowledge

No formal requirements, but see Recommended previous knowledge/training.

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.

It is also recommended that students have completed EXFAC00SK (Basic Linguistics), ENG100 (Introduction to English studies), ENG114 (English Grammar I) and ENG115 (English Phonetics and Phonology) or equivalent courses.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Credits cannot be awarded for both ENG119, ENG106 (5 credits), ENG106L (5 credits), ENG109 (5 credits) ENG111 (5 credits) or ENG112 (5 credits).

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. 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: up to 24 hours

Students are expected to be present and active 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 a practice exam. It is highly recommended that students do so.

Forms of Assessment

In the fall semester 2020, the form of assessment has been changed from school exam to a 3-hour written examination from home + 30 minutes technical time, as a measure to prevent transmission of the corona virus.

Examination Support Material

In the fall semester 2020, all aids are permitted during the exam.

Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester

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

Reading List

The material covers an introduction into English language variation.

The reading list will be available by 1 June for the Autumn 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 Coordinator

The Programme Board for English

Course Administrator

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

Contact

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. Autumn 2020 written exams will be arranged either at home or on campus. Please see course information on MittUiB.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination at home

    Date
    20.11.2020, 09:00
    Duration
    3.5 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    06.11.2020
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam