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.


Linnaeus University’s campus is located roughly 15 minutes with bicycle from the city centre. Campus is like a small society in its own right, with the university, student accommodation and student life all in one place. Everything happens on campus – here you become part of a creative knowledge environment and an eventful student life.

What will you find when exploring Växjö? There is a great selection of restaurants and cosy cafés. There is a large lake in the city centre, beautiful nature is always nearby. Many students enjoy the combination of the city centre in Växjö and life on campus. This is where your dream of the future begins!