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spring 2020

ENG-1015 Introduction to English Word and Sentence Structure - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 07.07.2020

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.

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

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).

Course content

The course offers an introduction to English grammar, with emphasis on word and sentence structure. Word classes and word order, temporality and aspect are standard areas of study. In this regard, the course will also attend to aspects of language acquisition, historical development and geographical and social variation. The course keeps a contrastive Norwegian-English perspective when this is relevant. The students are to write two term papers that focuses on one of the subjects studied during the term.

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


The student has:

  • knowledge of basic grammatical concepts and terminology
  • knowledge of the grammar of English, with special attention to the structure of words (morphology), phrases and sentences (syntax), plus aspect and temporality- knowledge about word classes, and the different functions that elements belonging to different word classes can fill in the clause
  • knowledge about different types of clauses, and the functions these clauses can fill in a complex sentence
  • knowledge about the valency of common verbs, plus the essential clause elements, and how to identify them (syntactic analysis)
  • knowledge about how to represent the syntactic structure of clauses and sentences in the form of a basic tree diagram.


The student:

  • is able todescribe and explain grammatical phenomena using appropriate grammatical terminology
  • is able toclassify words into word classes based on a given set of criteria
  • is able togive a simple morphological analysis of complex words
  • is able togive a syntactic analysis of English sentences in terms of clause elements, and ability to recognize that there are different elements (e.g. phrases and clauses) that can fill one and the same clause function, and to represent this in form of a tree diagram
  • has improved their language skills in English.
  • has developed a vocabulary appropriate to talk about grammatical phenomena.

Language of instruction

Language of instruction and examination: English.

Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises, project assignments.

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: Two short papers.

Assessment method: A 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 (in the Studentweb) for a re-sit examination is August 15th (for the spring semester).

Date for examination

Written examination 05.06.2020

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

ENG-1010 Introduction to English Language I 10 stp
ENG-1010 Introduction to English Grammar I 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


Gillian C Ramchand

Professor i lingvistikk
Telefon: +4777645620 gillian.ramchand@uit.no