EDID4102 – English in and out of school

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Course content

The course gives you insight into adolescents’ interest in and use of English outside school and what this means in relation to the teaching and learning of English as a school subject. Based on relevant theory and research, we discuss how to bring students’ personal uses of English into the English classroom.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you should have acquired:

Knowledge about

  • relevant educational policy documents and central topics for the bridging of the use of English outside school with English as a school subject in Norway
  • relevant theory and research on adolescents’ voluntary use of English outside school
  • how to bridge adolescents’ use of English outside school to the teaching and learning in the English classroom

Skills to

  • analyse and discuss empirical research, and relevant theory related to the use of English in and outside school, and connect these to each other
  • apply theoretical concepts related to the use of English outside school to classroom practice, and apply international research to the Norwegian context
  • collect and/or analyse data on the bridging of English use in and outside school
  • 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


The course is obligatory for students who have admission to the specialization in English didactics in Lektorprogrammet. Admission to the specialization in English or English didactics is required, and students have to be enrolled for the course to attend classes.


The course offers seminars that include student activities, such as academic discussions, individual in-depth study and oral presentations.

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.

Course reading is set to approximately 650 pages.

Compulsory components

  • Draft term paper (2000 words).
  • The students are also required to provide oral feedback to an assigned student paper.


The exam is a written term paper (3000 - 4000  words).

The obligatory term paper draft and feedback needs to be passed to be able to participate in the exam. 

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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Special examination arrangements

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The course is evaluated every time it is taught. See summaries of course evaluations at the Faculty of Educational Sciences.

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