Course content

The course aims to give insight into a standard description of the English language and into the relationship between meaning and grammatical form. Frequent comparisons are made with Norwegian grammar in order to enhance students’ awareness of differences between the two languages.

The knowledge you acquire in this course can be applied to other languages as well.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • have detailed knowledge about how the English Language is structured, and you can describe it by using a theoretical framework,
  • know how grammar contributes to the meaning of sentences and texts,
  • can account for the distinction between form and function in Language,
  • can describe language in an analytical and precise manner,
  • know how to use correct and idiomatic English.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Lectures are open to the public. Group and seminar teaching requires admission to the course.


Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.


Two-hour lecture and two-hour group session per week for 13 weeks, 52 hours in all.

Attendance is obligatory (at least 10 out of 13 group sessions). Absences beyond 3 group sessions must be justified by documentation given to the exam coordinator.

Within specified dates students must submit 2 obligatory assignments. Dates for submission will be announced at the beginning of term. Make sure you have familiarized yourself with the rules for citing sources (for more information, look further below).

The obligatory assignments have to be approved by the teacher in order for the student to sit the exam. Read more about guidelines for compulsory activities.


In a 10-credit course you are expected to spend at least 12 hours a week studying for the course.Two of those hours are spent attending lectures, two hours are spent in seminars, and eight hours are free for your own studies. These hours should be spent reading, making notes, and completing exercises for the seminars. You may also want to spend some of this time working on your writing skills and discussing the course material with other students.

You are expected to come prepared to each group session. This means that you have completed the exercises given to you every week, and are prepared to discuss and ask questions in class.

ENG1100 consists of lectures and seminars, and these complement each other, so you need to attend both. Material that is covered in the lectures will not be repeated in the seminars, other than in connection with the discussion of the exercises.


There will be a 4-hour written exam at the end of the term. Both language and content will be part of the assessment.

Previous exams

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera. Read more about training in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

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 from the exam will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course






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