ENG1103 – English Phonetics and Intonation

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Course content

The course provides an introduction to English phonetics and intonation as well as insight into the description and comparison of two varieties of English:

  • Received Pronunciation (British English)
  • General American (American English)

The students can choose which variety they want to concentrate on, and should select a group accordingly. Comparison between Norwegian and English is also an important aspect of the course. The course includes components both of knowledge and of practical skills.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will:

  • possess knowledge and awareness of English phonetics,
  • know how to apply technical terms to describe and analyse English pronunciation, so that you can read and produce phonemic transcriptions and intonation transcriptions,
  • be familiar with basic English intonation patterns and how they carry meaning,
  • have a pronunciation which is less affected by Norwegian or other non-English articulation and intonation, through insight combined with practice.


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. Seminar teaching requires admission to the course.


Recommended previous knowledge

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


One hour lecture and two hour group sessions per week for 14 weeks, 42 hours in all.

Teaching in Received Pronunciation (British English) and General American (American English) is partly given separately in the groups. The students should therefore choose a group according to their choice of accent.

Students are expected to participate actively through preparation for group activities in general and through application of the analytical tools to language data. The group sessions include ear-training through phonemic dictations.

Obligatory activities:


The final assessment is based on a 20-minute oral exam, testing the students’ knowledge of phonetic theory and of the phonological system and intonation system of English, as well as the candidates’ own command of English pronunciation and intonation. The final assessment in this course has previously been a written exam; links to old exam questions are found below.

Previous exam papers and assessment guidelines

Previous exam papers in ENG1101, which the present course replaces

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.

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.

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

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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