ENG2162 – Contrastive and Learner Language Analysis

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to contrastive analysis and error analysis focusing on a comparison of English and Norwegian and on the analysis of English as produced by Norwegians. The teaching draws on the following text corpora:

  • the English–Norwegian Parallel Corpus
  • the Oslo Multilingual Corpus
  • the Norwegian component of the International Corpus of Learner English

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • discuss some of the problems faced by Norwegians learning English
  • describe similarities and differences between English and Norwegian
  • use electronic text corpora in contrastive and learner language analysis


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course requires ENG1100 – English Grammar or similar knowledge.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good command of both English and Norwegian

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4162 – Contrastive Analysis and Learner Language (discontinued)


Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.

Students must turn in two shorter essays. The essays must be approved before the student can take the final exam.

Attendance is obligatory 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam adviser. Read more about guidelines for obligatory activities.


The evaluation will be based on a take-home exam spanning over 3 days. The paper must be appr. 10 pages (2300 characters per page).

The assignment will be published in Inspera, and you must also submit your paper in Inspera. Read more about submission procedures.

Previous exams and assessment guidelines

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 results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

The  course requirements are valid the two next semesters the course is taught.

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






Autumn 2018

This course is offered irregularly


Autumn 2018

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