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2EN48-12 Spoken English


Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes:


The student

  • has knowledge about central linguistic differences between spoken and written texts, and about what motivates these differences
  • has knowledge about linguistic features that may contribute to the perceived fluency of spoken English, such as the distribution of pauses and the use of discourse markers
  • has knowledge about pragmatic features and the use of communication strategies in spoken English (speaking and listening)


The student

  • is able to identify and explain distinctive linguistic features in authentic English language data from spoken texts
  • is able to present and discuss the constructs of communicative competence and fluency and central descriptions of spoken communicative competence in theory, research and language assessment documents and materials
  • is familiar with theory related to pragmatic features and communication strategies in spoken English

General competence

The student

  • has insight into relevant academic and professional ethical issues relevant for the study of spoken language
  • can plan and carry out relevant assignments and projects over time, alone or as part of a group, and in accordance with ethical requirements and principles
  • can communicate important academic subject matters such as theories, problems and solutions, both in writing and orally
  • can exchange opinions and experiences with others with a background in the field, thereby contributing to the development of good practice


Course contents

  • Introduction to the analysis of authentic language data, both spoken and written, with a particular emphasis on features that distinguish spoken and written language, pragmatic features, and features that may contribute to the perceived fluency of spoken English
  • Central documents and theoretical perspectives relating to the description and assessment of spoken language and communicative competence
  • Conversation analysis and pragmatics

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Ways of working

Teaching takes the form of interactive lectures and seminars. The learning platform Canvas is used for course information and guidance. The course requires regular and active participation in seminars as well as in work with exercises in and out of class.

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

Obligatory requirements that must be approved in order to take the examination

  • Submission of 1-4 assignments within specified deadlines during the course. The assignment(s) must be approved by the teacher no later than 2 weeks before the exam
  • An attendance record of at least 80 % according to the semester plan. Students are responsible for registration of attendance



An individual oral examination, graded on a scale from A to F. A is the highest pass grade and E is the lowest pass grade. Both content and English language skills must satisfy minimum requirements in order for a candidate to obtain a pass grade.