ENG1001 - Varieties of English


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours F

Course content

The course addresses a number of different questions relating to the fact that English is the most commonly used language in global communication today. How did English originate and develop in Britain? What lies behind the spread of English to the different continents where it is represented today? What status does English have in linguistic communities around the world? How do varieties of English differ in terms of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and spelling? How is the English language changing and developing in the encounter with new technology and globalization processes? What is the connection between language and power, and who is more powerful: native speakers of English or speakers of English as a second or foreign language? What attitudes are there towards English as a global language? Is English a useful lingua franca, a linguistic "tyrannosaurus rex", or something in between? What will happen to the English language in the future? These and other questions will be discussed from a primarily sociolinguistic angle. Literary perspectives may, however, also be brought to bear.

Learning outcome


Candidates who have passed this course

- account for the main aspects of the origins and development of the English language within Great Britain.

- account for the various factors that lead to the spread of English to the different continents where it is found today.

- account for the various roles played by English in different communities both as a first and a second language.

- identify and describe differences between varieties of English both within and outside of Great Britain concerning pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and orthography.


Candidates who have passed this course

- discuss the power relationships among native speakers and second language users of English.

- account for and reflect upon positive and negative consequences of the status of English as a global language.

- assess likely scenarios for the future development of the English language in an age of digitalization and globalization.

General competence

Candidates who have passed this course

- communicate important academic subject matters such as theories, problems and solutions.

- exchange opinions and experiences with others with a background in the field.

- plan and carry out varied assignments and/or projects over time, in accordance with ethical requirements and principles.

- point out shortcomings of existing theoretical frameworks and be able to apply and build on new approaches.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and supervision. Students are required to use the course learning platform regularly. Approved obligatory assignment is valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester).

Compulsory assignments

  • Written work(s) of 1000-1500 words

Further on evaluation

The exam must be answered in English. Information about which dictionaries students are allowed to consult during the exam will be available in the reading list at the beginning of the semester.

Course materials

The reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ENG6023 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
ENG6026 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • English Language
  • English
  • English Cultural Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 F 2022-12-21 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 3
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 F 2023-06-09 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 4
SL311 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 11
SL228 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL311 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 14
SL310 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 48
SL310 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 80
SL325 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 8
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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