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Course content

This course aims to provide an overview of English as a global language. The most important differences between American and British English will serve as a starting point, but a great deal of attention will be given to other major national varieties. The focus will be on how they vary in terms of syntax, morphology, vocabulary, and (to a lesser degree) phonology. The status of English as a global language will also be considered, as well as the position of English in Norway.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will:

  • know the differences and similarities between varieties of English around the world;
  • be able to extract the relevant linguistic data from the International Corpus of English;
  • be able to describe and analyse those data from a contrastive perspective.
  • be able to reflect on the phenomena connected with the status of English as a global language.



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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good grasp of grammatical terminology.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2163 – World Englishes

This course was previously known as ENG4163 - Global English


The course is taught as a seminar, meeting two hours per week for 12 weeks, totaling 24 hours. 

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:


The exam consists of a term paper. You are required to write ca. 10-12 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). This does not include references and bibliography. In the evaluation, both content and language are taken into account.

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.

The results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks of the exam.

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 next two semesters that 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






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