ENG4116 – Second Language Acquisition

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Course content

The course will present important theories of second language acquisition and different methods for studying such acquisition. There will be special emphasis on the acquisition of English.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • gained insight into the characteristics of second language acquisition and into different theoretical approaches to explaining these characteristics.
  • learned to analyse and evaluate learner data and to judge what methods are appropriate to use in order to study various aspects of the acquisition process.


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.

The minimum number of attendants for the course is 3, the maximum 15.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students must have ENG1100 – English Grammar or similar knowledge.


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

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

Students will be given questions to the syllabus every week. An answer to one of the questions will be sent to the teacher in advance, and they will all form the basis for discussions in class.

Obligatory activities:

There are two obligatory assignments. One is a written assignment similar to the exam in form. This assignment will be divided into three parts to be submitted at different points during the course. The second assignment is a small piece of research to be presented orally to the rest of the class. The presentation and the written assignment must be approved by the course teacher for the student to be allowed to sit for the exam.

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


The exam consists of a take-home exam exam spanning over 3 days. 

The assignment will be published on the exam day in Inspera. You must also submit your paper in Inspera.

Previously given exam assignments 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

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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 two consecutive semesters when the course is given.

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 2020

The course is offered irregularly


Autumn 2020

Teaching language