Why study English Language and Literature?

  • English is the most widely-used language in the world.
  • Competence in English is required in many study and job contexts today, both in Norway and internationally.
  • We offer a friendly teaching environment with highly qualified teachers, among whom several are native speakers of English.

English Courses 2015/16

The English Foundation course:

The English Department at Hedmark University of Applied Sciences offers a one-year course of studies (60 ECTS) in English language, literature and culture at the 100-level (Bachelor’s level): the ‘English Foundation’ course.

The course consists of four 15 ECTS modules:

Autumn term (mid-August-December):

  • English Language 1
  • Literature and Culture 1

Spring term (January-June):

  • English Language 2
  • Literature and Culture 2

Please note the following:

  • Both English Language 2 and Literature and Culture 2 have prerequisites, calling for a pass grade on English Language 1 and Literature and Culture 1 (or equivalent courses).
  • A two-week study trip to the Norwegian Studies Centre at the University of York in England is an integrated (optional) part of the Foundation program.

Courses for teachers and prospective teachers:

Teacher training education in Norway is divided according to grade level. Teachers earn qualifications to teach either in Grades 1-7 (ages 6-13) or Grades 5-10 (ages 11-16).

We offer the following courses designed for teachers and prospective teachers of English:

For Grades 1-7:

  • Å lære engelsk(Teaching English), 15 ECTS
  • Engelsk språk, tekst og kultur(English language, text and culture), 15 ECTS

One course is taught the autumn term. The other course is taught in the spring term. The sequence for 2016/17 will be decided in June 2016.

For Grades 5-10:

  • Litteratur og kultur(Literature and culture), 15 ECTS
  • Språk og språkbruk(Language and language use), 15 ECTS

One course is taught the autumn term. The other course is taught in the spring term. The sequence for 2016/17 will be decided in June 2016.

  • Å være engelsklærer(Being an English teacher), 15 ECTS, Year-round course
  • Arbeid med tekst(Work with texts), 15 ECTS, Autumn semester

Please note the following:

  • It is possible to take the modules independently of each other.
  • Although the official course plans are currently in Norwegian only, the courses are taught entirely in English.
  • All teacher training courses are designed for teachers in the Norwegian education system. Frequent reference is made to the Norwegian curriculum.
  • The final Grade 5-10 course, ‘Work with texts’, is designed for Norwegian university students in their second year, while the first three courses are taken by the students in their first year. It would be difficult or impossible to combine all four courses in a single year.
  • These courses are not sufficient to qualify students as teachers, but may be taken as part of a full teacher training education.

Further studies:

  • The Foundation course qualifies students for English studies at a more advanced level. Such advanced courses are offered in alternate years at Hedmark University College.
  • A combination of the Foundation course and a minimum of 20 ECTS advanced level English or cultural studies, when taken as part of a complete Bachelor’s degree, may also qualify students for a Master’s program with a specialization in English.
  • Hedmark University College offers a Master’s degree in Language and Cultural Didactics (known as ‘MIKS’), where students specialize in English, Norwegian or music. This master’s program requires advanced proficiency in Norwegian, even for those students majoring in English.

Students who have at least 80 ECTS in English (or 60 ECTS English and 20 ECTS culture, see point above) in their Bachelor’s degree may be allowed to take the following MIKS English courses as independent modules:

Autumn 2015:

  • Native American Literature(s), 10 ECTS

Spring 2016:

  • Corpora and Language Learning, 10 ECTS

English proficiency requirements:

Students should have already reached minimum of B2 level on the CEFR scale before beginning any English course at Hedmark University College.

Admission requirements:

Students must satisfy the general requirements for admission to tertiary level studies in Norway.

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