ENG4152 – Varieties of English Texts

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to discourse analysis, a discipline that examines patterns of language across texts and the functions of texts in their social and cultural contexts. The emphasis is on how various types of text resemble or differ from each other in terms of vocabulary, grammar, cohesion and stylistic features. The coursework involves the analysis of concrete texts, with special focus on conversational speech and literary, journalistic and academic writing. An important aim is to increase your awareness of linguistic and stylistic features of text types and the reasons for the variation between them. Such an awareness will be useful in further work with text, for example in writing, reading, editing and teaching.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • analyse linguistic and stylistic features of texts and text types
  • account for major differences between spoken and written English
  • compare the ways in which different kinds of texts are constructed to create meaning and to achieve special effects
  • describe reasons why linguistic form varies across text types
  • conduct a case study of selected linguistic features in one or more types of text.


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Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2152 – Varieties of English Texts


Seminar, two hours per week for 13 weeks, 26 hours in total.

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

Obligatory activities:

  • Students are required to hand in two obligatory papers in order to qualify for the exam. The last of these will be a draft of your term paper. Information about deadlines will be given at the start of the course. 

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


The obligatory requirements must be fulfilled in order to qualify for the exam.

The exam form is a term paper of approx. 10 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). You must work on the term paper during the whole semester, with supervision from the teacher.

In the assessment both content and language will be considered, as well as the appropriate presentation of quotations, references and linguistic examples.

The submission of exam papers takes place in Inspera.

Previous exams 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.

Examination support material

You are allowed to use an English-English dictionary.

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

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 two next semesters 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.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course






Every other autumn starting 2018


Every other autumn starting 2018

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