Activities and events

Course: Approaching multilingualism

This year’s NORDPAL course will be held in Jyväskylä, Finland, on 24–26 August, and the theme is “Approaching multilingualism”. The registration deadline is 30 June. 

Course: Academic Writing Workshop

On 13 and 14 June, we are organizing a two-day course for doctoral candidates at NTNU on writing and publishing articles in English. The course will be led by Associate Professor Nancy Lea Eik-Nes. Registration through NTNU's Learning portal

Keynote: The Communicative Basis of Professional Expertise

On 26 April, Srikant Sarangi, adjunct professor at SEKOM, delivered a keynote speech entitled “The Communicative Basis of Professional Expertise” at the symposium “Trading Places, Creating Spaces: A Symposium in Honour of Chris Candlin”. The symposium was a part of the Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Conference 2017, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Watch Srikant’s keynote

New learning suite: Global Visions

Daniel Weston co-edited a new learning suite in international English for Norwegian upper secondary school, Global Visions. This learning suite includes a textbook, online portals for pupils and teachers, and digital learning resources, and will be released on 28 April.

Symposium presentation: Conversation as a tool for professional practice

On 20 April, Marit Olave Riis-Johansen and Ellen Andenæs will present “Exploring service user involvement: Managing communicative ideals in NAV couselling interviews" at the symposium Conversation as a tool for professional practice – An interdisciplinary CA-symposium on interaction and learning, organized by the University College of Southeast Norway. This presentation is a result of NTNU’s UTVEI project

New book: Zero Emission Buildings

Nancy Lea Eik-Nes and Anne Grete Hestnes are editors of Zero Emission Buildings, a new book that presents articles from eight years’ worth of research into zero emission buildings. A central part of this research focuses on communication across disciplines and professions at various stages of the process—from planning to finishing and follow-up, including analyses of how humans interact with the finished building. 

Plenary lecture at Norskkonferansen 2017

On 5–6 April, Ellen Andenæs gave a lecture entitled “Observere, delta, bidra?” (Observe, participate, contribute?) at Norskkonferansen, the national conference on Norwegian as a second language, organized by Skills Norway. The target audience for this conference is bilingual teachers, as well as teachers and managers working with Norwegian-language training for adult immigrants. Watch a recording of Ellen’s lecture

Presentation at police seminar

On 23 March, Marit Olave Riis-Johansen gave a presentation at a seminar on violence in close relationships, organized by Trøndelag Police District. The presentation was called Communicative dilemmas in the initial stage of interviews of adult victims. Police officers who attended were given the opportunity to reflect on how they manage the dialogue in interviews.

Disputation: Johan Thomassen Hjulstad

On 03 March 2017, Johan Thomassen Hjulstad defended his doctoral dissertation “Embodied Participation in the Semiotic Ecology of a Visually-Oriented Virtual Classroom”. His dissertation is a microethnographic study of a distance learning programme, where advanced video conferencing technology is used to create a virtual classroom where pupils learn sign language together. This dissertation supplements our understanding of teaching and learning - visually oriented practices, participation and identity work  in new, technology-mediated environments.

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Regular activities:


Skrivesnakk is a drop-in service for students at NTNU Dragvoll, where students guide other students on academic writing. Bring your assignment and our learning assistant will help you develop your text. Come alone or as a group, if several of you are working on the same assignment.


Skrivepunkt is an informal meeting place for academic staff from all disciplines who want to discuss writing, whether it be their own or their students’. We meet for a cup of coffee, ask questions and share experiences. We meet regularly on the last Wednesday of every month. We address a specific theme agreed in advance, as well as any other issues participants want to address.


Skrivenatt is an evening event organized once every semester, where students at NTNU Dragvoll get together to get help with their assignments. Writers’ night was last held on 14 March, and the next night will take place in the autumn semester of 2017.

Discourse Seminar

The Discourse Seminar is an interdisciplinary forum for interaction researchers from different NTNU departments.