Icelandic as Second Language

Icelandic as Second Language

The Icelandic as Second Language program at Bifröst is designed for those who have basic knowledge of Icelandic but want to extend their knowledge in order to prepare themselves for studying in educational programs instructed in Icelandic, use Icelandic at work and be able to participate in the Icelandic community.

The teachers interview each applicant at the start og his studies to asess his abilities in the Icelandic language. Students are grouped into courses according to their language abilities. The courses are designed in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

While applicants are waiting for the course to start we reccommend practicing on your own, for example by using www.icelandiconline.com

Students in the University Gateway program take the Icelandic program as part of their studies.  

Program structure

Each course is six weeks long with an additional week for assessment. The courses are instructed online. Once during each course students and teachers meet for a four hour long on-campus workshop. Classes on Teams are once a week. Learning materials, recordings and assignments are available on the class page in the learning management system. Each course is equivalent to five credit units at the secondary school level so students can except to spend 15-20 hours a week studying in the course.

Course schedule for the schoolyear of 2022-2023:

  • August 29th to October 14th. Workshop on September 18th or 19th
  • October 17th to December 2nd. Workshop on November 5th or 6th. Appliation deadine: September 30th. 
  • January 3rd to February 17th. Workshop on January 28th or 29th. Application deadline: December 16th.
  • February 27th to April 24th. Workshop on March 25th or 26th. Application deadline: February 10th. 

Course Descriptions

The program consists of five courses. Each course is equivalent to five credit units in the Icelandic secondary school system and designed in accordance with the appropriate level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The courses are:

Icelandic as Second Language 1

Students work with the last chapters of the textbook Íslenska fyrir alla 1 and start with the first chapters of Íslenska fyrir alla 2. Students work with werbs and tenses, word structures. Students practice pronunciation. They are trained in reading comprehension and writing of short and simple texts. They practice vocabulary about everyday life orally and in written text. At the end of the course students should have skills at level A.1.2. of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Icelandic as Second Language 2

Students continue to work with the textbook Íslenska fyrir alla 2 and finish about half of the book. Students practice oral communication and comprehension of spoken language. They learn basic vocabulary related to daily routines, interests and shopping. Students also practive reading comprehension and writing of short texts. At the end of the course students should have skills at level A.2.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Icelandic as Second Language 3

Students finish the textbook Íslenska fyrir alla 2 and start with the first chapters of Íslenska fyrir alla 3. They practice the Icelandic language by reading, grammar, listening and by speaking practice. Vocabulary is further extended and students work on skills in spoken and written language and practice writing. Students should be able to describe experiences, events and interests and give explanations for amitions and plans. At the end of the course students should have skills at level A.2.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Icelandic as Second Language 4

Students use the textbook Íslenska fyrir alla 3 and finish it. The student will gain understanding of more complicated texts on abstract and concrete matters, including technical discussions in a field of interest. Students will be able to express themselves in icelandig with fluency and spontaneity. The students will be able to provide arguments and reasons in written and oral form. At the end of the course students should have skills at level B.1.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Icelandic as Second Language 5

Students use the textbook Íslenska fyrir alla 4. Students continue to extend their vocabulary and students work with vocabulary from news, movies and culture. Students continue to use srammar from earlier stages. Students practice grammar through writing of texts. Students will work on understanding longer and more complicated texts, and will be able to express themselves fluently. At the end of the course students should have skills at level B.1.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  

Assessment

Students will be assessed in a diverse way, but they need to reach the final objectives of each course in order to continue to the next one.  

Teachers

Sigríður Kristinsdóttir.

Price

The price for each class is 27.500. 

Grants

Many unions offer grants for study programs. Check with your union if you are eligible for a grant.

Deadline

Application deadline for each class is two weeks before it starts.

 

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