Introduction to English Linguistics and English Language History

10 hp

The course is divided into two 5-point courses. In the introduction to linguistics course we look at language in general and English in particular from various perspectives, from speech sounds to the structure of discourse. In the English language history, we trace the history of the English language from its roots to its current status as a world wide lingua franca.

The teaching is in the form of lectures and seminars in smaller groups and involves oral and written tasks. During the course the students practice individual work, critical thinking, oral and written communication, planning and analytical skills.


The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.

The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.

In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.