ENG2163 – World Englishes
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course aims to provide an overview of English as a global language. The most important differences between American and British English will serve as a starting point, but a great deal of attention will be given to other major national varieties. The focus will be on how they vary in terms of syntax, morphology, vocabulary, and (to a lesser degree) phonology. The status of English as a global language will also be considered, as well as the position of English in Norway.
After completing this course you will:
- know the differences and similarities between varieties of English around the world;
- be able to extract the relevant linguistic data from the International Corpus of English;
- be able to describe and analyse those data from a contrastive perspective.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
The course assumes a good grasp of grammatical terminology.
10 credits overlap with ENG4163 – World Englishes
This course was previously known as ENG2163 - Global English
The course is taught as a seminar, meeting two hours per week for 10 weeks, totaling 20 hours. The seminars will be held in a computer lab, where the students can access the International Corpus of English.
- Attendance is obligatory 8 out of 10 seminars.
- During the semester, students are required to deliver one in-class oral presentation (either individually or in groups) and one written assignment. Both have to be delivered by appointed deadlines and approved by the teacher in order for the student to be allowed to take the exam.
- Additional absences must be justified to the exam coordinator. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
The assessment of the course is based on a term paper. You are required to write ca. 8 -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.
Previously given exam assignments and assessment guidelines (note that the exam form has changed).
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
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
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 available on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.
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.