ENG143 Phonetics and varieties of English

1 semester
Course code: 
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Foundation level (bachelor’s degree level)
Full course name in Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Fonetikk og variantar av engelsk
Teaching semester: 
2022 Spring
Program of study: 
Bachelor in Language and Literature
Assessment semester: 
2022 Spring
Language of instruction: 
Required prerequisite knowledge


Course content

The course provides a basic introduction to the English sound system, as well as knowledge about and insight into different varieties of English, present-day and/or historical.

Learning outcome

In accordance with the national qualification framework, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes after completing the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

After completing the course, the student will possess knowledge about:

- the English sound system and how the individual sounds are produced

- structures involved in connected speech

- English intonation: patterns and functions

- the most important differences between British English and American English accents

- some important developments in English language history

- geographical and social varieties of English

Learning outcome skills

After completing the course, the student will be able to:

 - identify and pronounce the individual sounds of English

- read phonemic transcriptions in British English (Received Pronunciation) and American English (General American)

- write phonemic transcriptions in either Received Pronunciation or General American

- identify and correctly use English intonation patterns

- identify and correct common mistakes in the pronunciation of English as a second language

- identify different varieties of English

- identify geographical and historical sound variants

Learning outcome qualification

After completing the course, the student will be able to independently use the knowledge and skills mentioned above and apply them to unfamiliar language material and situations.

Working and learning activities

Teaching takes the form of lectures, exercises, pair/group work and individual work. Attendance is compulsory for all scheduled classes. 75% overall attendance during the semester is required to sit for the exam.

Assessment requirements

Each student shall submit two assignments on English phonetics and varieties of English (overall word count not relevant). Both of these must be submitted for a student to sit for the final exams. The assignments must be submitted within a deadline posted at the start of the semester.

Evaluation system

The evaluation system complies with the Regulations for admission, studies and exams at Volda University College.


The course will be evaluated in accordance with the University College’s routines for quality assurance.

Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge: 
Vibeke Jensen
Gloria Otchere
This course is part of these study programs
Bachelor in Language and Literature
Year Course in English
Year Course in English
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
Digital examinationIndividual6HoursA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade100 %
Form of assessment:Digital examination
Type of duration:Hours
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Proportion:100 %
Supported material:
Approval signature: 
Arne Myklebust