The foundation program is a 60-ECTS credit program with a full-time workload over one academic year at bachelor level.
Bakgrunn for studiet
English is the most widely-used language in the world today, used both within nations and between nations. It is the dominant language in countries ranging from the United Kingdom to New Zealand, the second language in countries such as India and Nigeria, and the most widely spoken foreign language in a host of other countries. The status of English is continually evolving, with more non-native speakers than native speakers. The language has become a truly global language, used as a lingua franca by billions of speakers.
Proficiency in English is in demand for many professions, such as in the fields of education, tourism and trade, finance, technology, media and communications. Within Norway, English is a working language in many businesses, such as the oil industry. English is also useful in private pursuits, from online activities to travel abroad.
The English Foundation Programme at Hedmark University College focuses on the grammatical and phonological system of the English language, and on the literature and culture of nations where English is one of the dominant languages. The programme will benefit students who require a high degree of English proficiency for private and/or professional use.
A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
has broad knowledge of the grammatical system of English
has broad knowledge of the phonological system and intonation patterns of English
has broad knowledge of differences between English and Norwegian phonology, grammar and language use
is familiar with various literary genres
is familiar with basic critical and theoretical approaches to the study of literature
has a broad knowledge of English language literature from different periods, cultures and geographical areas
has knowledge about central aspects of the history and culture of some societies where English is a dominant language
can use knowledge of the linguistic norms for modern English usage to analyse and produce various types of texts, spoken and written
can describe how sounds are produced, classify phonemes and use standard phonological script (IPA)
can recognise basic phonological and grammatical differences between English and Norwegian, using appropriate terminology
is able to communicate accurately and effectively about literature orally and in writing using an academic register
demonstrates advanced reading skills and familiarity with a range of English language literature of various genres
is able to communicate accurately and effectively about central aspects of the history and culture of some societies where English is a dominant 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 make appropriate use of digital communication and presentation skills
can reflect upon their academic practice and adjust it under supervision
can exchange opinions and experiences with others with a background in the field, thereby contributing to the development of good practice
The Foundation Program is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to English to students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, and to students who wish to study a single subject at this level.
Relevans for arbeidsliv og videre studier
Qualification awarded and access to further studies
When taken as part of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme with an additional practical pedagogical education (PPU), the foundation programme in English gives formal teaching qualifications for Norwegian primary and secondary schools.
The college also offers a more advanced 30-ECTS credit English intermediate level programme. The combination of the Foundation Programme and at least 20 of the 30 ECTS credits from the intermediate level programme (i.e. a minimum of 80 credits) may qualify students for admission to Master’s (MA) programmes with a specialisation in English: Teaching Language and Culture (Master i kultur og språkfagenes didaktikk) or Digital Communication and Culture (Master i digital kommunikasjon og kultur). Students may then apply for admission to the college’s doctoral programme in Teaching and Teacher Education (PhD-program i profesjonsrettede lærerutdanningsfag), where English is one of four core areas.
Opptakskrav og rangering
Students must satisfy the general requirements for admission to third level studies in Norway.
Arbeids- og undervisningsformer
Ways of working
The teaching takes the form of interactive lectures and group seminars intended to develop student involvement and encourage group discussion. The seminars provide an opportunity for students to discuss, argue, reflect and debate freely and openly in an informed manner. Students are expected to contribute both oral and written work. ICT and digital aids, including the Canvas learning platform, form an integrated part of the teaching and learning (for details, see the individual course descriptions).
Assessment takes the form of oral or written examinations (see the descriptions for the individual courses). All required examinations must be passed for the programme as a whole to be considered as passed.
The course descriptions list requirements that must be fulfilled in order for students to be eligible to sit for the examinations.
A study trip to the Norwegian Study Centre at the University of York is an integrated part of the foundation programme. The trip includes lectures on linguistic, social and political topics and may also include excursions.
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciencesalso has exchange agreements with other colleges abroad. A one or two semester course of studies at one of these colleges can replace a corresponding period of studies at
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. (For more information, please consult the International Coordinator.)
Informasjons- og kildekompetanse
Information literacy is the ability to locate, evaluate and utilise information for a given need. Information literacy is a key competence in academic subjects, and provides a basis for life-long learning.
The college library offers courses for all new students in the use of sources and referencing, with the following learning outcomes:
the ability to locate, evaluate and refer to information and specialist literature
the ability to analyse and critically assess various sources of information, and to utilise these sources.
Studiets oppbygging og innhold
Content and organization
The foundation programme comprises 6 courses of 10 ECTS each: