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Undergraduate course

English Linguistics: Modern Linguistics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeENG223
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Objectives and Content

In English linguistics at 200-level, students take the same course as either ENG223 (school exam) or ENG263 (term paper).

The course aims to give students insight into central topics in modern English linguistics and to introduce students to linguistic theories and/or methods for the scientific description of Present-Day English.

ENG223 is an elective course in the specialization in English at the 200-level.

Students specializing in linguistics, in addition to ENG223, take the following courses:

- ENG261 (term paper in the history of English) 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:


The student

- has developed analytic skills and an academic approach to language

- has developed a basic understanding of one of more linguistic theories


The student

- can apply linguistic methods to shed light on aspects of the English language.

General competence


- have developed a critical and independent approach to central linguistic questions

- can express themselves in correct academic English

Required Previous Knowledge

While there is no formal requirement, the reading list and teaching presuppose that students have in-depth knowledge of English grammar and phonetics, which corresponds to good results in ENG114, ENG115, ENG107, ENG108/118 and ENG109/119.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed the introductory semester as well as ENG114, ENG115, ENG107, ENG108/118, ENG109/119, ENG122 and ENG125, or equivalent.

Specifically, 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

Due to course overlap, a student cannot receive credits for ENG223 in combination with ENG223L (5 ECTS) ENG211/251 (5 ECTS) and ENG263 (10 ECTS).

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 take part in and actively contribute to teaching. 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.

Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester

An exam in ENG223 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 reading list is comprised of general topics in modern English linguistics. 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 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.

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 at home

    01.10.2021, 09:00
    5 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam