ENG2153 - English Corpus Linguistics

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to the use of corpora in English language teaching and research. Through problem-based tasks the students learn how to use machine-readable corpora as a basis for linguistic description and language learning. The corpora used in the course are the British National Corpus and the Oslo Interactive English Corpus. The teaching materials consist partly of books and partly of material available from the Internet.

Students are expected to work actively with the corpora and with various types of assignments in connection with the course. With its focus on corpora in applied linguistics, the course is relevant for teacher trainees ('lektorprogrammet') as well as students on the BA English language programme.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will:

  • know how to use machine-readable corpora
  • know how to interpret corpus data
  • know how corpora are compiled
  • be familiar with a particular method for doing linguistic research
  • know how to implement corpus methods in language teaching/learning
  • know how to use corpora in English language research
  • have increased insight into the English language and how it is used


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course requires ENG1100 - English Grammar or similar knowledge.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English


Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in total.

Attendance is obligatory 12 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam administrator.

Two short written assignments must be submitted as part of the course work. Both language and content will be part of the assessment, and quotations, references and examples must be properly presented.

Read more about guidelines for obligatory activities.


The final grade for the course is set on the basis of a three-day take-home exam.

You must submit your paper in Fronter. Read more about submission procedures

Previously given exam assignments.

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.

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 result will be available in StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

If you wish to withdraw from the exam you must do so in Studentweb at least two weeks prior to the deadline. 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 two consecutive semesters when the course is given.

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.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2016


Autumn 2016

Teaching language