autumn 2020
ENG-1016 Introduction to English Sound Patterns - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 22.09.2020

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for courses offered in the autumn semester and 1 December for coursed offered in the spring semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for courses offered in the autumn semester and 1 October for courses offered in 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 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:

Knowledge:

  • 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.

Skills:

  • 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

13 weeks of teaching (4 hours of teaching per week).

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


Assessment

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 (digital) school exam in WISEflow.

Performance in the course will be assessed on a graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. A re-sit examination is offered in the event of F/fail. The deadline to register (in the Studentweb) for the re-sit examination is 15 January (for courses offered in the autumn semester) and 15 August (for courses offered in the spring semester).


Schedule

Course overlap

ENG-1011 Introduction to English Language II 10 stp
ENG-1011 Introduction to English Grammar II 10 stp
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  • Studiested: Tromsø |
  • Studiepoeng: 10
  • Emnekode: ENG-1016