ENG4112 – Methods in English Language Research

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to methods that are common in linguistic research and relates methodological choices to fundamental differences between theories of language. It also focuses on the formulation of research questions, how to do a literature review, and the formal requirements of a master’s thesis.

The course provides writing practice, work on academic English, and practice in using library resources.

During the methods course, you will be assigned a discussion group and introduced to methods for giving and receiving feedback. The discussion groups are meant to continue meeting during the year when you write your Master's theses, so that the group members can provide each other with academic and social support.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have acquired:

  • in-depth knowledge of important research methods in English language research
  • the ability to formulate your own research questions
  • the ability to choose appropriate theories and methods depending on your chosen subdiscipline and research questions, taking into account ethical considerations
  • the ability to find, review and reference relevant literature
  • the ability to write up a piece of research
  • advanced academic writing skills within English language Research
  • the ability to communicate about linguistic research, theories and methods, both with specialists and the general public


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.

This course is for students admitted to the master programmes European Languages (master's two years), Linguistics and its Applications for a Multilingual Society (master's two years) (closed), and Lektorprogrammet (master - 5 år).

Students enrolled in other master's degree programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.


The course is taught throughout the semester with a 2-hour seminar per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.

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:

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to the course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


The exam form is a portfolio consisting of 4 pieces of work, totaling 12-15 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). One of these is a thesis outline.

The grade is based on the portfolio as a whole.

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.

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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