ENG2153 – Analysing real English

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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.

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:


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

The final grade is set on the basis of a take home exam spanning over 3 days.

Previously given exams and assessment guidelines.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in 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 result will be available in 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.

Once the obligatory requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and next the two semesters 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.

Facts about this course






Spring 2022

Irregular rotation.


Spring 2022

Teaching language