autumn 2019
ENG-1016 Introduction to English Sound Patterns - 10 ECTS

Last changed 26.02.2020

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

Admission requirements

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

A good command of oral and written English is recommended.

Admission code: 9199 - Enkeltemner (ikke realfag), lavere grad (Nordic applicants).

Course overlap

ENG-1011 Introduction to English Language II 10 stp
ENG-1011 Introduction to English Grammar II 10 stp

Course content

This course gives an introduction to phonology and to the pronunciation of English. Our focus will be on the accent referred to as BBC English (or Received Pronunciation), but we will also look at certain regional pronunciation variants. In addition we will study variation which is determined by social factors such as membership of a particular social group/class or by the formality of the situation, including differences related to pragmatic aspects.

Objectives of the course

Students who have successfully completed the course will have the following learning outcome:


  • know the basic concepts of phonetics and phonology
  • have a good knowledge of the phonological system of BBC English
  • understand that language use is variable and that there may be different reasons for this
  • know how social factors such as social class, ethnicity, gender and age influence language use
  • know about some of the main regional or social markers in English, i.e. pronunciations or grammatical forms which help us to identify speakers as belonging to a particular area or social group.


  • be able to read and write phonological script (IPA)
  • be able to classify sounds and describe how sounds are produced
  • be able to describe important concepts in phonology
  • be able to describe different aspects of language use
  • be able to account for differences in language use
  • have improved their language skills in English.

Language of instruction

Language of instruction and examination: English.

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminar groups.

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


Coursework requirements: At the teacher's decision, either one essay of approx. 2000 words or a written in-class test. Details will be given at the beginning of the semester. Coursework requirements are evaluated with approved/not approved. The obligatory coursework requirements must be approved in order to take the final exam.

Assessment method: A 4-hour written 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 beginning of the next semester in the event of an F grade. The deadline to register (in the Studentweb) for a re-sit examination is January 15th (for the autumn semester).

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: ENG-1016