ENG0111 - English for international students
This course is a practical writing course for international students at the University of Oslo which aims at improving the students' writing skills and at raising their awareness about various aspects of the English language. The teaching focuses on elements of English style, proper referencing, grammar and English usage, so that the students may communicate correctly and efficiently in an academic context. In the first part of the course, the students will learn about basic reading, writing, paraphrasing and summarizing techniques, and the importance of good referencing. The second part of the course deals with specific grammar topics and general writing tips.
After completing this course you will have:
- improved your proficiency in written English;
- learned how to avoid plagiarism;
- increased your awareness of how you use the English language so as to enable you to benefit from and perform in the various courses taught in English at the University of Oslo;
- learned how to write a summary of any given text, and how to use different types of visual material (tables, diagrams, graphs and charts), and set up a bibliography.
Students at UiO must apply for courses in StudentWeb.
International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.
The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Admission to the course is required.
Recommended previous knowledge
The course assumes a basic knowledge of English.
Cannot be taken by students who have already taken ENG1111 - The English Language. Awareness and Writing Skills, an introduction.
Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks. There is a mid-term reading week during which students are expected to work on their own and revise the material taught.
There is an 80 % attendance requirement for this course; i.e. students will have to be present for 11 out of 14 classes. Additional absences must be justified with documentation to the exam coordinator. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. The course will be a mixture of lectures and exercises.
Students are required to hand in 3 compulsory assignments in order to qualify for the final examination. All assignments should be handed in via Fronter. All assignments handed in for evaluation must be accompanied by an obligatory statement concerning cheating, to be found here: http://www.hf.uio.no/studier/admin/eksamen/fusk/
The deadlines are found in the reading schedule. Students should prepare for classes by following the schedule, posted in Fronter and distributed in class.
Read more about guidelines for compulsory activities.
There will be a 4-hour written exam at the end of the term.
Examination support material
English-English dictionary is allowed on the exam.
Language of examination
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
The results will be available on the StudentWeb within three weeks of the exam.
Explanations and appeals
You may request an explanation of your grades, and you may also appeal against your grades or make a complaint about formal examination errors. Read more about explanations and appeals.
Resit an examination
You can usually resit an exam, but the conditions depend on whether you had a valid reason for absence from the regular exam. Read more about resitting an exam.
Withdrawal from an examination
A student may sit this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must do so in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the first day of the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit the exam.
Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.
Special examination arrangements
If you have a disability or a health problem that entails significant inconvenience in an examination situation, you may be considered for special examination arrangements. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.
Feedback from our students is essential if we are to provide the best possible education. As a student at the University of Oslo you will be asked to participate in various types of evaluation of our courses. Every time a course is given, we ask students to participate in mid-term evaluations, and periodically we ask them to participate in periodic evaluation of the course.