ENG4117 – Analysing advanced learner English

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Course content

The course focuses on features of advanced learner English.

  • What are the differences between native and non-native English as regards vocabulary, phraseology, grammar and text organization?
  • To what extent and in what ways is non-native English coloured by the learner’s first language?

The emphasis of the corpus analysis is not so much on errors as on quantitative and qualitative differences between native and non-native English.

The methodological approach taken in the course is called “contrastive interlanguage analysis”. It typically involves the use of electronic text corpora to explore patterns of language use. Thus the course also includes an introduction to the use of corpora of spoken and written learner English, which will be used in conjunction with similar corpora of L1 English.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you will be able to:

  • describe special features of non-native English.
  • apply the methodological framework of contrastive interlanguage analysis.
  • compare native and non-native English on the basis of corpus material.
  • conduct a case study of selected features of advanced learner English.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Students should have some competence in corpous methods (for example ENG4100 – English Language Research: Methods and Thesis Outline (discontinued) or ENG2153 – English Corpus Linguistics). Students who are not already familiar with interlanguage analysis (for example from ENG2162 – Contrastive and Learner Language Analysis or similar courses) may have to do some extra reading.


Seminar, two hours per week for ten weeks, 20 hours in total.

Obligatory activities:

  • Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars.
  • Two obligatory assignments (one essay and a short paper containing the topic for the term paper and a list of selected reading in connection with this).
  • 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 of approximately ten pages (4000 words). The topic for the term paper will be decided by the teacher and student together.

Beforehand, students will be given an opportunity to submit a draft of the term paper and receive individual feedback on both the form and content of the draft.

The term paper is the basis for the grade in this course.

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

Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, 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






Every other autumn starting 2017


Every other autumn starting 2017

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