NORD2311 - Variation, Structure and Theory: Norwegian as a Second Language


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

This course gives an introduction to second language acquisition and interlanguage varieties. Different second language acquisition theories will be introduced and applied in practical analyses of various immigrant learner varieties of the Norwegian language. The main emphasis is on the investigation and analysis of the language system itself (morphology, syntax and semantics), but communicative and societal aspects concerning second language acquisition are also addressed.

Learning outcome

Candidates will have obtained the following qualifications after successfully completing this course:


The candidate has:

  •  knowledge of second language acquisition, and how this differs from first language acquisition.
  •  knowledge of what a second language is, and the characteristics of interlanguage varieties
  •  knowledge of central concepts, theories and models of analysis in second language research, with special emphasis on generative approaches
  •  insight into different theories on the role of universal grammar in second language acquisition
  •  knowledge of central structural phenomena within the subject area Norwegian as a second language
  •  knowledge of central methodological current problems related to data collection and work with informants



The candidate is able to:

  •  make use of the theoretical apparatus of analysis in a creative and independent manner
  •  master the most important concepts and methods of analysis within generative approaches to second language acquisition
  •  provide justified analyses of central phenomena related to second language acquisition
  •  produce their knowledge orally and in writing

Learning methods and activities

Teaching: lectures and written assignments. Students are expected to master and apply the analytical tools they acquire in an independent manner. Students are required to submit 4 assignments; feedback on the assignments will be given. 

Approved obligatory assignment is valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester).

Compulsory assignments

  • Four approved written assignments.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

A reading list will be available on the first day of class.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NORX2311 7.5 AUTUMN 2010
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Norwegian as a Second Language
  • Scandinavian Linguistics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination (1) 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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