NORINT0190 – Phonetics for International Students

Course content

This is a practical course in pronunciation. The students are trained to improve their pronunciation both on the segmental level (vowels and consonants) and on the prosodic level (quantity, stress, accent and tone), as well as some other phonetic areas. The students are also trained to distinguish between phonetic differences that are relevant to Norwegian phonology, thereby improving their comprehension of spoken Norwegian. To some degree, Norwegian is compared to other languages that the students speak.

Learning outcome

The students improve their pronunciation and comprehension of Norwegian both on the segmental level (vowels and consonants) and on the prosodic level (quantity, stress, accent and tone).

The students acquire basic knowledge of Norwegian phonology. They learn to apply this knowledge to improve their own pronunciation. They also learn to consider differences between Norwegian and other languages they speak when practicing their pronunciation.

The students learn basic phonetic and phonological terminology that is used in the course to describe Norwegian.

The final mark shows the extent to which the student has attained the intended learning outcome.


This course is only open to international students at the University of Oslo. Read about admission and registering here: Norwegian Courses for International Students.


2 hours of instruction per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in total. Instruction takes place in the language laboratory.

Instruction is proved throughout the semester in accordance with Section 4.1. of the Regulations governing studies and examinations at the University of Oslo.


A final oral examination will be held to test speech skills as well as auditory understanding. The students' speech will be recorded for evaluation purposes.

The guidance for examiners for the exam is published here (NORWEGIAN ONLY).

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 is given in Norwegian, and you submit your response in Norwegian.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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.

Students who fail an examination or students who wish to improve their original marks are not entitled to take a postponed examination, but must wait until the next time the ordinary examinations is given.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


Feedback from our students is essential providing the best possible courses and study programmes. As a student at the University of Oslo, you will therefore be requested to participate in a number of evaluations regarding your daily life as a student. We have a system in place for the continuous evaluation of this course, and we regularly ask students to participate in a more comprehensive and detailed evaluation, a so-called "periodic evaluation" of the course.


Maximum 20 students per class.

Norwegian courses carrying up to 40 study points can be used toward a single degree by international students at the University of Oslo.

Facts about this course




Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

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