Course Description

Everyone is welcome in Ísafjörður
Everyone is welcome in Ísafjörður

The Intermediate course covers reading, writing and conversation skills up to CEFR level B1. Learning the language and culture is a priority. The course includes 65 hours of varied and interesting instruction. The course location is the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður.
 Students learn how to build up their Icelandic vocabulary in an effective way and will deepen their understanding of the structure of the language through lectures and exercises. Conversation exercises will include language games and problem-based learning in real situations. Participating in everyday life in a small town in the countryside is an especially pleasant way to get a feeling for Icelandic society. 

The course materials are provided by the teachers in form of photocopies and other materials. The material is included in the course fee, and will be available in the University Centre of the Westfjords upon your arrival. 

Language of teaching is mainly Icelandic. The teacher will however use English as an assisting language to explain difficult contents, as for instance grammar questions. 

For more information please contact islenska@uw.is.

 

The University Centre of the Westfjords has several years of experience in hosting field schools for foreign students and offering courses in Icelandic language and culture. Also, the University Centre offers two international, cross disciplinary master's program in Coastal and Marine Management and Coastal Communities and Regional Development. 



Photo: Andres Peters.
Photo: Andres Peters.

The course begins on Monday morning, 26 August 2019 with an orientation at the University Centre of the Westfjords, and concludes on Friday 6 September 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 24 August (Saturday).
 Similarly, if you are leaving directly after the course, you should not book a flight leaving Iceland any earlier than the morning of 8 September (Sunday).
 Please note that any overnight stay in Reykjavík is your own responsibility.

Students visiting the Museum of Everyday Life to practice their Icelandic
Students visiting the Museum of Everyday Life to practice their Icelandic

The timetable from summer 2019 gives you an idea of what each day will be like. Each morning, you begin with traditional classroom instruction. In the afternoon we offer a wide variety of topics and teaching methodologies, including group work, problem-based-learning, self-directed learning, and conversation and pronunciation practice.

2019 Schedule

Classroom learning in the morning, Mon-Fri, 09-12:
 Icelandic grammar and vocabulary taught through lectures and exercises. Training in reading, writing and spoken skills up to CEFR level A2-B1.

Afternoon teaching, Mon-Fri, 14-18: A wide variety of activities and teaching methods, including group work, problem-based-learning, self-directed learning, and conversation and pronunciation practice.

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