EDID4002 – Basic Skills in English

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Course content

The course gives you insight into what basic skills means in relation to the teaching and learning of English as a school subject. Based on educational policy documents and relevant theory, we discuss how to teach basic skills in the English classroom.

You will specialise in one of the basic skills according to your interests: oral skills in English (speaking and/or listening); written skills in English (reading and/or writing); or digital skills in English. Your chosen specialization can then be linked to an aspect relevant for the teaching of English is Norwegian schools, e.g. culture, society, literature, or language learning.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you should have acquired:

Knowledge about

  • basic skills in English (reading, writing, speaking, listening, digital)
  • relevant educational policy documents and central topics for basic skills in English as a school subject in Norway
  • research on the learning and teaching of basic skills in English
  • the teaching and learning of basic skills in the English classroom

Skills to

  • analyse and discuss policy documents, empirical research, and relevant theory related to basic skills in English, and connect these to each other
  • apply theoretical concepts related to basic skills in English to classroom practice, and apply international research to the Norwegian context
  • specialise in a specific basic skill in English
  • presenting knowledge from individual study

Competence to

  • continuously develop your teacher professionalism in English as a school subject
  • apply research-based knowledge in the development of your English teaching practices


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.

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

Admission to the specialisation in English didactics is required.


The course offers 28 hours of teaching during the semester. Student activities include academic discussions, individual in-depth study and oral presentations. Course reading is set to approximately 650 pages.

Students are expected to meet prepared for teaching activities, and take responsibility for individual study of course reading. Participation in group discussions is a condition for developing a shared understanding of theory and research and acquiring the relevant competence to complete the course.

A first draft of the exam paper (500-700 words) along with an oral presentation of the draft is required. The students are also required to provide feedback to an assigned student paper and presentation.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Students have to be enrolled for the course to attend classes.


The exam is a term paper (1400–1800 words) on the student’s chosen basic skill(s) for specialisation.

The obligatory oral presentation needs to be passed to be able to hand in the written assignment for the exam.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

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

All sources of aid are permitted.

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.

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.

Facts about this course






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