Introduction to English Linguistics and English Language History

10 credits

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.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.