ICELANDIC STUDIES 🇮🇸

is an interdisciplinary academic field within Nordic studies which is focused on the study of Icelandic language, history, culture and society in a broad sense.

The Icelandic language is considered one of the cornerstones of the Icelandic culture, primarily due to a strong literary heritage. It has barely changed from when the country was settled in the ninth and tenth centuries. Icelandic is related to the other Nordic languages, and is closest to Faroese. It is famed for being an intensely conservative language not having changed greatly since Iceland’s settlement in 874AD. Studying Icelandic is an adventurous task. It has a reputation for being particularly difficult to learn. Icelandic can appear daunting at first, but with a lot of practice and some hard work it is absolutely doable. If you have aspirations to learn more than one Scandinavian language, Icelandic is a decent choice to start. Although, it’s not the easiest.

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ICELANDIC
FOR ENGLISH
SPEAKERS

ICELANDIC 1

CEFR A1.1

The course is aimed at absolute beginners in Icelandic. The main emphasis is on spoken interaction and the comprehension of spoken language. Simple phrases needed for common situations in everyday life are practiced and students work on listening assignments during and outside of an online session. Basic features of the phonetic system of Icelandic are introduced and explained while pronunciation is systematically practiced. Students are also trained in reading comprehension and the writing of very short and simple texts. Vocabulary relating to daily life is practiced orally in the classroom and in written assignments. Service-related vocabulary is emphasized. Language usage and grammar, such as appropriate use of verb phrases and the basics of inflection, are introduced through vocabulary and the topics that are discussed.

ICELANDIC 1
FOR ENGLISH
SPEAKERS

ICELANDIC 1
FOR RUSSIAN
SPEAKERS

ICELANDIC 2

CEFR A1.2

The course is aimed at students with limited proficiency in Icelandic. In the course, students are first and foremost trained in oral communication and the comprehension of spoken language. Simple phrases needed for common situations in everyday life are practiced and students work on listening assignments during and outside of an online session. Pronunciation is systematically practiced, e.g., intonation and sound clusters. Students are also trained in reading comprehension and the writing of short texts. Vocabulary is practiced orally during an online session and through written assignments. Language usage and grammar, such as the present tense of verbs and noun declension, are introduced through vocabulary and the topics that are discussed.

ICELANDIC 2
FOR ENGLISH
SPEAKERS

ICELANDIC 2
FOR RUSSIAN
SPEAKERS

ICELANDIC 3

CEFR A2.1

This course is a continuation for students who have reached level A1 in Icelandic (equivalent to two courses in language schools). The vocabulary relating to daily activities is further built up through reading and writing practice. Texts about topics such as the home, family and culture are read and language usage and vocabulary are practiced through these topics. The basics of Icelandic grammar are explained further, e.g., the conjugation of verbs in the present and past tense and the gender and declension of nominals. Students will, for example, practice comprehension of the main content of normal speech and song lyrics. The themes of comprehension assignments are discussed in groups and students give presentations on selected topics. In pronunciation exercises, special emphasis is placed on fluency. During the course, students will also be prepared for communication and assignments outside of the online sessions.

ICELANDIC 3
FOR ENGLISH
SPEAKERS

ICELANDIC 3
FOR RUSSIAN
SPEAKERS

ICELANDIC 4

CEFR A2.2

This course is a continuation for students who have reached level A2.1 in Icelandic (equivalent to three courses in language schools). Vocabulary acquired in previous courses is further built up, while new vocabulary relating to news, movies and education is added. Grammar learnt in previous levels is reviewed and practiced further through writing and speaking.  Acted videos and televised news reports are utilized to teach listening comprehension The content of comprehension exercises is discussed in groups while students are also expected to give individual presentations on their country of origin.  During pronunciation practice special emphasis is   placed on fluency. In lessons, students will also be prepared for communication and assignments outside the online sessions.

ICELANDIC 4
FOR ENGLISH
SPEAKERS

ICELANDIC 4
FOR RUSSIAN
SPEAKERS

NEXT COURSES TO COME:

• ICELANDIC CINEMA

• ICELANDIC FOLKTALES & FOLKLORE

• HISTORY OF ICELAND

• ICELANDIC LANGUAGE HISTORY