This course is discontinued

ENG4132 – American and British English

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Course content

The aim of this course will be to study grammatical – and to some extent lexical – differences between the two main varieties of present-day English: American and British. Some of the set texts focus on American English and discuss how this variety differs from British English.

Learning outcome

The aim is to gain added insight into especially some of the topics taken up in the set texts. Students will be expected to participate actively in class and to submit papers. Such papers may well be based on examination of some of the available electronic corpora. They may subsequently be expanded in master’s theses.


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Maximum 15 of students will be admitted and a minimum of 3 students required for the course to start.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the language master program, LAP or other relevant master program.

Recommended previous knowledge

A sound knowledge of both spoken and written English is required.


There will be two class hours per week for ten weeks, with a break in the teaching at the middle of the semester (two weeks in the spring, one week in the autumn) to allow for independent study and the writing of papers. 80% class attendance is mandatory.


Final marks are awarded on the basis of a chosen project. The paper should be of a combined length of 10 pages, where one page is defined as 2,300 characters without spaces. Papers must include references and bibliography based on established norms Error: Reference resolver with name '//' not found. The paper is also to be presented orally at the seminar.

Language of examination


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.

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.


For ‘hovedfag’ students taking the course as a 15-credit ‘hovedemne’ there will be an addition to the reading list.

Facts about this course






Spring 2008

For those interested in this type of course see ENG4163 Global English.


Spring 2008

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