spring 2018

ENG-1014 English in Use - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 29.01.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 December for the spring semester and 1 June for the autumn semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

This course may be taken as a single course. A good command of oral and written English is required.

This course was designed for Norwegian students, and therefore has a Norwegian-English contrastive perspective. However, non-Norwegian students who wish to learn some more English are also welcome to take the course, although some types of exercises may be specifically aimed at Norwegian-speaking students and therefore difficult to do for non-speakers of Norwegian.

Admission requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification (generell studiekompetanse) or prior learning and work experience (realkompetanse).

Application code (Nordic applicants): 9199

Course content

In this course students will learn new words and practical use of grammar. They will also learn how our choice of words and constructions is influenced by non-linguistic factors such as style, text type and context. We will focus on differences between English and Norwegian which are known to present problems to Norwegian learners of English.

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:



  • have learnt practical use of grammar
  • have knowledge of basic differences between Norwegian and English and in particular of those differences that cause problems in language learning
  • know correct English usage in different contexts and situations
  • know how our choice of words and constructions is influenced by non-linguistic factors such as style, text type and context.



  • have improved their language skills
  • are able to use grammar to explain mistakes and correct and improve texts
  • have acquired new words and expressions
  • have experienced holding an oral presentation.

Language of instruction

Language of instruction and examination is English.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, exercises, discussions. The teaching is distributed over the whole semester with intervals of teaching-free periods when the students work on their own.  

Quality assurance:

The course undergoes a midterm evaluation or an end-of-term evaluation every third year.


The obligatory coursework requirements must be approved in order to take the final exam.

Coursework requirements:

3 shorter assignments + one 7-10 minute oral presentation. Coursework requirements will be evaluated as Approved/not-approved.

Assessment method:

4-hour school exam

Performance in the course will be assessed on an A-F grades scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed. A re-sit examination is offered in the event of an F grade. The deadline to register for a re-sit examination is January 15th for the autumn semester and August 15th for the spring semester.

Date for examination

One written exam 23.05.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Recommended reading/syllabus

Primary Reading:

Compendium: Eng-1014 English in Use/Engelsk i bruk.

Dypedahl, Magne, Hilde Hasselgård & Berit Løken, Second edition 2012. Introducing English Grammar. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget. ISBN 978-82-450-1291-0

Exercises - handouts.

Secondary Reading (Reccommended Literature):

Swan, Michael. 2016. Practical English Usage. 4th revised edition. ISBN 978-0-19-420243-5. OUP
or: with online access 1 year: ISBN 978-0-19-420241-1

(or: Swan, Michael. 2005. Practical English Usage. 3rd ed., OUP).



Ellen Mentzoni

Universitetslektor engelsk språkvitenskap
Telefon: +4777644252
Mobil: 41613545 ellen.mentzoni@uit.no


Mathisen, Kari

studiekonsulent (årsstudium i engelsk, lektorutd. studieretning engelsk, BA i engelsk, MA English Literature, MA English Acquisition and Multilingualism, MA Theoretical Linguistics)
Telefon: +4777623316 kari.mathisen@uit.no