‘The Norwegian University of Science and Technology? Do they teach English there?’ Many of us who are asked this question – normally by people at conferences, as they squint at the obligatory name badge – would rather the institution were called something else. ‘The University of Trondheim’ would have worked nicely until recently, when a merger brought distant institutions in Ålesund and Gjøvik under the aegis of what positive thinkers like to call the MIT of Norway. ‘The University of Central Norway’ could just about have worked following the merger, but it is not to be: There is no prospect of shedding the ‘Science and Technology’ handle, and those of us who teach English here – for English does indeed have a place on the curriculum –...

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