ENG1100 – English Grammar

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.

Group and seminar teaching requires admission to the course.


Recommended previous knowledge

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


Lectures and group sessions for 13 weeks, 52 hours in all.

Autumn 2021: The lectures will be digital, but some of the group sessions may take place at campus.

Students are expected to attend all teaching. The quality of the teaching depends on active participation in all group sessions. If you are not able to attend, you must give notice to the teacher no later than the same day as the absence.

If you miss a group session, it’s your responsibility to make sure that you have covered the content.

Obligatory 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.


The obligatory requirements must be fulfilled in order to qualify for the exam.

Autumn 2021: There will be a 4-hour take home exam at the end of the term. Both language and content will be part of the assessment.

Previous exams. Please note that the assessment of the course normally is based on a 4-hour written exam.

Digital home examination

The home examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera.You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

 Read more about home examinations using 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.

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






Every autumn

After spring 2020, this course will only be offered in autumn.


Every autumn

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