ENG2159 – Accents of English in the British Isles

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Course content

This course gives an introduction to the regional and social accents of English spoken in the British Isles. It provides an overview of the ways in which pronunciation varies in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and includes detailed study of some specific accents in each of these countries.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • acquired knowledge about accent variation in English, with emphasis on varieties spoken in the British Isles
  • gained an understanding of the correlation between pronunciation and its social and cultural significance


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students should have passed the course ENG1103 – English Phonetics and Intonation, ENG1101 – English Phonetics and Intonation, An Introduction (discontinued) or have equivalent knowledge of English phonetics.

Recommended previous knowledge

This course presupposes a good proficiency in written and spoken English. It is also necessary for students to have acquired a good knowledge of English phonetics or General phonetics. A course in English Pronunciation or Spoken English is not sufficient.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4159 – Accents of English in the British Isles


Seminar, 2 hours per week for 12 weeks, 24 hours in all.

Students are expected to attend all teaching and to participate actively in all seminars.

Obligatory activities:

  • Students are required to hand in one paper of an acceptable standard by a set deadline during the semester to be eligible to submit the term paper. Students are expected to participate by contributing to discussions in class, handing in written work and presenting topics orally.

Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for postponements.


The grade will be based on a term paper of 10 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). This does not include references and bibliography. In the evaluation, both content and language are taken into account.

Previous 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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

You must do all obligatory activities, including attendance, in this course again if you want to qualify to re-take the exam. Admission depends on capacity.

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






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