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Høst 2019

ENG-3060 Multilingualism - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

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.

Course contents

The acquisition and maintenance of more than one language can open doors to many personal, academic, social, and economic opportunities. How do bilingual children acquire more than one language? And how do bilingual speakers maintain and use multiple languages in personal communication and professional cooperation among people? The course examines key aspects from research into multilingualism combining teaching of many linguistic, cognitive, educational, societal, or cultural aspects of multilingualism. Topics will include multilingual language competence across the lifespan, heritage language maintenance and transmission, advantages and challenges of multilingualism to the personal, academic or professional development. 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.

Application deadline

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

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

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).

Objective of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


The student has knowledge of:



The student is able to/can:

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

The course is taught 2 hours per week for 13 weeks. Teaching will be a combination of lectures and group work. 

Quality assurance: All courses undergo a halfway evaluation once in a 2-year period at the master´s level. The Programme Board determines which programme options will be evaluated per year, and which courses will be evaluated by the students and the teacher per year.


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

Project work involving empirical investigation of multilingual language competence and use followed by an oral presentation based on the project work. The obligatory coursework requirements must be approved in order to take the final exam.

The exam will consist of:

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. For the re-sit exam the student may submit a revised version of his/her term paper.

Date for examination

Term paper hand in date 09.12.2019

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

Lectures Autumn 2019
Lecture f.aman. Yulia Rodina
Term paper Submission deadline (in WISEflow): date to be announced.