SKOLE6263 - Language learning and English education


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 60/100
Oral examination 40/100 30 minutes F

Course content

This course provides advanced knowledge of second language acquisition (SLA) and English language teaching, with emphasis on early childhood multilingual learners.

The course focuses on how language is used for communication and how languages interact in the language learning process, focusing both on language comprehension and production. The course will provide advanced subject-didactic and theoretical knowledge of a wide array of topics, such as discourse analysis, typology, intercultural communication, multilingual approaches to language learning, as well as foreign language anxiety and enjoyment.

Through the course the students will engage with a variety of research, as well as producing, implementing, and critically evaluating learning resources, both analog and digital, for a multilingual group of language learners. Here, there will be focus on acknowledging the learners’ existing linguistic skills for language learning, and how teachers can take advantage of these skills in the language learning process.

A central theme will be using current research for professional development of one’s own teaching practices in the English subject at one’s own school.

The course also focuses on design and execution of lessons in own teaching practice with planning as obligatory course work and implementation and reporting as final assessment.

Learning outcome


The student has

  • advanced knowledge of how children learn languages, with emphasis on young learners
  • in-depth knowledge of the importance of safe and inclusive learning environments in the language learning process
  • extensive insight into multilingualism as a resource in the classroom
  • in-depth knowledge of language learning theories, strategies, and methods
  • advanced knowledge of how language is used in communication
  • extensive knowledge of intercultural communication and intercultural competence


The student can

  • plan, lead, and critically evaluate teaching for a multilingual group of learners based on relevant research and own experiences
  • use their knowledge of intercultural communication to foster learners’ intercultural competence
  • utilize learners’ linguistic skills in the language learning process and facilitate a safe and inclusive learning environment
  • convey subject knowledge to colleagues at own workplace

General competence

The student can

  • read and understand relevant scientific articles and reflect upon, disseminate, and utilize the information for professional development
  • create and critically evaluate learning resources for multilingual learners
  • initiate processes for professional development at own workplace

Learning methods and activities

The course will take place over two semesters with three meetings each semester. Between the meetings, the course presupposes self-study, work with different learning tasks and participation on the learning platform.

Teaching will include lectures, group work and discussions, practical learning activities, oral presentations and written work. A continuous aspect of the course is also the candidates’ own development of academic writing and reading skills.

Active participation is expected throughout the whole study process. All teaching and communication will be in English, and the candidates are expected to use the language actively during the meetings and in written and oral communication with peers and instructors.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory written work
  • Obligatory oral presentation

Further on evaluation

Obligatory activities

  • 1 individual oral presentation (autumn semester)
  • 1 independent written assignment (spring semester)
  • Up to 8 learning activities

These learning activities can be both written, oral and/or digital, and will take place both during and outside of the meetings. They will be distributed equally between the two semesters (up to 4 each semester).

Further information about the course work will be given on the learning platform.

All obligatory course work will be assessed as approved/not approved. All obligatory course work must be approved in order to sit for the exam.


Assessment component: Autumn

Individual oral exam

  • Duration: 30 minutes, with preparation (5 days)

The exam will be given a letter grade (A-F) and counts for 40% of the final course grade.

Final assessment: Spring

Individual paper: revised and finalized version of the course work assignment.

The paper will be given a letter grade (A-F) and counts for 60% of the final course grade.

More on assessment

The candidate must pass both components to receive an overall grade in the course. The candidate can retake one or both components of the final assessment.

Specific conditions

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

Admission to a programme of study is required:
- (KLSENG-1-7)
Teacher Specialist (MLS)

Required previous knowledge

The candidate must have completed teacher education for primary grades and must also have a minimum of 60 credits in English. Moreover, the candidate must have at least 3 years of teaching practice in the subject of English in primary school (grades 1-7).

Candidates who are offered a place in the course must be working as an English teacher during the study period.

Course materials

Information about course materials and reading list will be posted to the learning platform.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Further education, higher degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • English
  • Teacher Education
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education

Department with administrative responsibility
Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 60/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 40/100 F
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.

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