Norwegian Language III: Norwegian Business and Society

ELE426 Norwegian Language III: Norwegian Business and Society

Spring 2024

Autumn 2024
  • Topics

    ELE426 is a course in Norwegian for students who have taken the Norwegian courses NOR10 and NOR11 or possess a similar level of Norwegian language skills.

    The main focus of the course is on how to communicate professionally in Norwegian, and the course discusses language using topics from the Norwegian economy and society.

  • Learning outcome

    Upon successful completion, you:


    • have a broad insight into and an understanding of the Norwegian society
    • have an understanding of Norwegian business
    • have insights into Norwegian demography and politics
    • understand Norwegian cultural codes


    • have good practical knowledge of the Norwegian language with emphasis on the economic and administrative language.
    • have command of the formal criteria of given economic and administrative genres

    General competences

    • are able to communicate in written and spoken Norwegian in most contexts and you can adapt the language to the contexts it is used in.
    • are able to present a case and argue for it using good and suitable language.
    • have acquired intercultural competence and understand different cultural codes.

  • Teaching

    The course is focused on student-active learning. The lectures are a combination of presentations, group work, exercises and presentations, individual oral and written practice, as well as conversation classes. 

    Oral participation is a very important part of the course and active participation is a prerequisite.

  • Restricted access

    This course is reserved for students with limited knowledge of the Norwegian language (see prerequisite knowledge). Students with Norwegian as mother-tongue or Norwegian as a second language will not be accepted to the course.

  • Required prerequisites

    NOR11 or equivalent knowledge (corresponding to level B1 in CEFR)

  • Compulsory Activity

    The topic of the term paper must be approved by the course responsible.

    A draft version of the term paper must be submitted within a given deadline.

    The student must choose a book or a compilation of texts that will be presented in the oral exam. This must be approved by the course responsible within a given deadline.

  • Assessment

    The final assessment consists of two parts: a portfolio and an oral exam.

    Portfolio (60%):  Scale A-F

    The portfolio consists of two texts:

    1. One term paper on a topic by own choice, but related to Norwegian society and business, about 1400 words. 

     2. One reflection note related to the language learning process and the development of the term paper.

    The written assignments must be handed in at the dates specified at the start of the semester. The portfolio is given one grade.

    Oral exam (40%): Scale A-F

    The student has read a given book or collection of texts. The oral exam consists of approx.10 minutes presentation and conversation about this, and approx.10 minutes conversation about other topics related to the course. 

    Grades are given separately for the oral exam and the portfolio. Both parts have to be passed in the same semester. If the course is retaken, both parts have to be taken again.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    Mandatory litterature

    Published in Leganto

    Recommended litterature

    Published in Laganto


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered autumn 2023

Course responsible

Lecturer Kari Johanne Oma, Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication.