This course is discontinued

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Course content

The course offers an introduction to English as it was before the Norman Conquest (1066), that is, to one of the early Germanic languages. For the first half of the semester, students will work through Duncan Macrae-Gibson's "Learning Old English" (an interactive audio course, with written exercises to be discussed in class). This provides a step-by-step guide through the grammar set out in Sweet's "Anglo-Saxon Primer". The second half of the semester will be devoted to a study of texts in Sweet's "Primer", nos. I, IV, V, VI, and VIIb. These will afford some insight into the literature and history of England at a time when had variously close links with Scandinavia.

Learning outcome

  • You will gain insight into the contents mentioned above in a manner to ensure your ability to perform simple analyses of Old English texts. Further, the course will lay the ground for studies of Old English on MA-level.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

ENG1100 – English Grammar, or IRSK1100 – Innføring i irsk (discontinued)IRSK2100 – Introduction to Old Irish (discontinued), or a similar course. Admission to the course is required.

Recommended previous knowledge

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

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4154 – Old English, Introduction (discontinued)


Seminar, with two classes each of two hours per week for eleven weeks, 44 hours in total.

Attendance is obligatory 18 out of 22 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the the exam coordinator.

Each student is required to hand in, class by class during the first four weeks, the eight written exercises in Macrae-Gibson's Learning Old English. It is a condition that these exercises be completed in approved form before the student is allowed to take the exam.


The final mark is awarded on the basis of a 4-hour written examination.

Previous exams:

Examination support material

You are allowed to use an English–English dictionary.

Language of examination


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

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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 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.


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Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

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Autumn 2015


Autumn 2015

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