The University Centre of the Westfjords
The University Centre of the Westfjords

The preliminary schedule found in a link below gives you an idea of what each day will be like. Each morning, you begin with traditional classroom instruction, where you work through Icelandic grammar and vocabulary. In the afternoon the teaching takes on different forms with sessions focusing on specific themes. We offer a wide variety of topics and teaching methods including group work, problem-based-learning, self-directed learning, and conversation and pronunciation practice. In the evenings, films and lectures in simple Icelandic are presented. In all, there are 39 hours of class teaching and 50 hours of other teaching.

The course focuses on your ability to communicate and therefore we will not focus on grammar training. Instead, we want to give you the opportunity to use the Icelandic that you learn in the course immediately.

2018 schedule

Classroom learning in the morning, Mon/Tue - Thur/Fri, 09-12: Basics of grammar and vocabulary taught through lectures and exercises. Exercises in reading and writing skills up to CEFR level A1/A2/.

Teaching in the afternoon, 14-16 or 16-18: In the afternoon we offer a variety of teaching, including lectures, choir, pronunciation, conversation, language games and  problem-based learning. A detailed description of this teaching will be available at course start.

During week III there will be a focus on Gísla saga. You will be introduced to the famous saga in simple Icelandic, and you will watch an acclaimed stage version of Gísla saga, performed as a one-man production by Elfar Logi Hannesson.  A visit to one of the settings of the saga, where you will have an opportunity to use your Icelandic, will give you a strong impression of the place.