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SPR4105 – Bilingualism in society and in the classroom

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Course content

This course aims to provide a general introduction to the study of bilingualism from both a sociolinguistic and a psycholinguistic perspective.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you will have:

  • gained an understanding of the concept of bilingualism and the various issues surrounding the study of bilingualism
  • developed an understanding of psycholinguistic aspects of bilingualism and second language acquisition
  • explored the impact of bilingualism in societies across the world
  • examined bilingual education policies and classroom practices
  • developed an understanding of the various methodologies employed in researching bilingualism
  • designed and implemented a small-scale research study to explore some aspect to do with bilingualism


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.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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


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

Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars.

Additional absences must be justified by documentation given to the exam coordinator.

Besides tutor input, sessions will involve student presentations, small and whole group discussions and activities.


The exam form is a portfolio consisting of two essays, one of 2–3 pages and one of 7–8 pages. You submit a first draft of each essay for evaluation before you submit the final drafts. After you have received comments, you work further on the essays.

You must make sure to learn the rules for proper citing of sources. All the sources you have used must be referred to, as well as listed at the end of each essay in a bibliography. If you fail to this, it can be considered as cheating.

The two final drafts are gathered in a portfolio, which must be submitted in Fronter within a certain date. Read more about submission procedures.

The grade is based on the portfolio as a whole.

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

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.


Feedback from our students is essential if we are to provide the best possible education. As a student at the University of Oslo you will be asked to participate in various types of evaluation of our courses. Every time a course is given, we ask students to participate in mid-term evaluations, and periodically we ask them to participate in periodic evaluation of the course.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course






Autumn 2014


Autumn 2014

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