Course Description

Teaching language takes many forms inside and outside of the classroom
Teaching language takes many forms inside and outside of the classroom

Participating in everyday life in a small town in the countryside is an especially pleasant way to get a feeling for Icelandic society. In this intensive three week course learning the Icelandic language and culture is priority. The course includes 90 hours of varied and interesting instruction, as well as a day trip to the site of the famous Gísla saga. Teaching takes place at the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður.

Students are taught basic Icelandic vocabulary and grammar through lectures, conversation exercises, pronounciation exercises as well as cultural activities. Students achieve reading and writing skills up to CEFR level A1-A2. 

 

For more information please contact islenska@uw.is.

The beginners course takes place every year in august. The 2020-course begins on Monday evening, August 3rd with an orientation (Icebreaker) at the University Centre of the Westfjords, and concludes on Friday, August 21st. For further information about how the course is set up from day to day please see the schedule of 2019.

As you typically need to spend one overnight in Reykjavík on the way to Ísafjörður from abroad (see Getting to Ísafjörður), you should book your flight to Iceland so that you arrive in Reykjavík no later than the evening of August 2nd (Sunday). Similarly, if you are leaving directly after the course, you should not book a flight leaving Iceland any earlier than the morning of 22nd August (Saturday). Please note that any overnight stay in Reykjavík is your own responsibility.

The University Centre of the Westfjords
The University Centre of the Westfjords
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The current schedule from 2019 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 with your teacher. 

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. The course focuses on your ability to communicate and we want to give you the opportunity to use the Icelandic that you learn in the course immediately. 

In the evenings, we arrange culturally interesting and fun activities as for instance movie or knitting nights.

The afternoon courses may differ between years. 

2019 schedule

Classroom learning in the morning, Mon-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/.

Afternoon courses, Mon-Fri, 14-16 or 16-18: The afternoon courses focus on the practical application of the language. Through pronunciation and conversation exercises, language games, problem-based learning, and fun lectures in easy Icelandic you will learn the language in a varied way.

Evening Courses: Mon-Fri, 20-22: How about ending the day with a movie? In Icelandic of course. 

Day Trip: In week three of the course 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.