Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course provides an introduction to central aspects of the historical development of English. The course may either examine several of the stages in this development, or focus on one specific period. Moreover, the course may cover both language-internal and language-external aspects, and examine features of word and sentence structure, pronunciation, vocabulary and spelling.
In addition to the theoretical literature, the course will normally include the study of primary texts from an earlier stages of English.
ENG221 is an elective course in the specialization in English at the 200-level.
Students specializing in linguistics, in addition to ENG221, take the following courses:
- ENG263 (term paper in modern linguistics) and
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- has an extended understanding of the English language from a historical perspective
- has insight into the principles of language change in general and an understanding of changes in English in particular
- is able to discuss and analyse English in light of historical developments
- have developed a critical and independent approach to central linguistic questions
- are able to express themselves in correct academic English
Required Previous Knowledge
While there is no formal requirement, the course reading and instruction presuppose that students have in-depth knowledge of English grammar and phonetics, equivalent to good exam results in ENG114, ENG115, ENG107, ENG108/118 and ENG109/119..
Recommended Previous Knowledge
It is highly recommended that students have completed EXFAC00SK Basic Linguistics, ENG100, ENG114, ENG115, ENG107, ENG108/118 and ENG109/119 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.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
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
Seminars: up to 24 hours (normally 2 hours per week for 12 weeks).
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.
Students are expected to be actively present in. This expectation is also the basis for the preparation towards the exam.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
There are no compulsory assignments, but the students will be given a written task, and it is recommended that students complete this task.
Forms of Assessment
In the spring semester 2021, the form of assessment has been changed from school exam to a 4-hour written examination from home + 1 hour technical time, as a measure to prevent transmission of the corona virus.
Examination Support Material
All aids/support materials are allowed during the take-home exam.
The exam is marked on the grade scale A-F, where F is a fail.
An exam in ENG221 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.
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 December for the Spring Semester.
The teaching is evaluated in accordance with the quality control system of the University of Bergen.
The Programme Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study programme, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.
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 at home
- 01.06.2021, 09:00
- 5 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam