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ENG1101 – English Phonetics and Intonation, An Introduction

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Course content

This course will be replaced by ENG1103 – English Phonetics and Intonation from autumn 2009.

The course aims to give insight into the description and comparison of two varieties of English: Received Pronunciation (British English) and General American (American English). The students can choose which variety they want to concentrate on. Comparison between Norwegian and English is also an important component of the course.

Learning outcome

The aim is to develop knowledge and awareness of English phonetics. Students should be familiar with – and be able to apply – technical terms for describing and analysing English pronunciation and be able to read and produce phonemic transcriptions and transcription of intonation patterns. Combined with pronunciation practice, the course should help students acquire a pronunciation without too many traces of Norwegian articulation and intonation.


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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the course is required.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English


The course is taught throughout the semester for approximately 11 weeks with 1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminary per week (see the detailed course information for Autumn 2008). There is a mid-term break during which the students are expected to prepare obligatory assignments (see below) and otherwise study on their own. Attendance is mandatory (minimum 80%).


In order to be allowed to sit for the examination, all students must (a) pass a pronounciation test and (b) submit one paper approved by their group teacher. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the two following semesters when the course is given.

The final mark is awarded on the basis of a four hours written examination.

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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

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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.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2009

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