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autumn 2019

ENG-3040 First Language Acquisition - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 03.03.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students:15 April for the autumn semester and 1 October for the spring semester.

Type of course

This course is mandatory for students in the master's programme in English acquisition and multilingualism and elective for students in the master's programme in education year 8-13 (lektorutdanninga, studieretning engelsk). 

This course may be taken as a single course by students who meet the admission requirements for the MA programme in English Acquisition and Multilingualism.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent qualification, in English language, or a degree combining English language and literature, with a minimum of 80 ECTS in English. An average grade equivalent to C or better (in the English coursework, 80 ECTS) is required.

Application code: 9371 - Enkeltemner på masternivå (Nordic applicants).

Course content

This course will look at typical first language acquisition in monolingual and simultaneous bilingual children. The main focus will be morphosyntax, in English and in a range of other languages. Attention will be paid at different factors that play a role in language development, such as input, pragmatics, general cognitive or processing abilities. The course uses a research-driven approach. The students will be engaged in a variety of tasks including project work and writing an academic paper.

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


The student has:

  • knowledge of typical language development (with a focus on morphology and syntax) in mono and bilingual children and be familiar with the main theories of language acquisition and recent interdisciplinary findings.  


The student is able to / can:

  •   work with and analyze linguistic data from both corpora and experimental research.
  • The course will also help students develop their skills in oral presentation and argumentation, as well as their ability to cooperate with fellow students and carry out independent project work.

Language of instruction

Language of instruction and examination: English.

Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises, seminars, and project work.

Quality assurance: All courses will be evaluated once during the period of the study program. The board of the program decides which courses will be evaluated by students and teacher each year.  


The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam: 

Coursework requirement: One oral presentation based on empirical work (data collection and analysis or corpus data analysis).

Assessment method: Term paper (4000-5000 words).

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

A term paper hand in date 06.12.2019

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


Course overlap

HIF-3040 First Language Acquisition 10 stp


Mathisen, Kari

studiekonsulent (årsstudium i engelsk, lektorutd. studieretning engelsk, BA i engelsk, MA English Literature, årsstudium i tysk, lektorutd. studieretning tysk)
Telefon: +4777623316 kari.mathisen@uit.no


Yulia Rodina

Førsteamanuensis engelsk språkvitenskap/lingvistikk
Telefon: +4777660257 yulia.rodina@uit.no