Thursday 5. August 2021

Icelandic Courses began this week

On Tuesday morning teaching began on our three-week Icelandic Course for Beginners (A1-A2). The course is taught the second year in a row by Eiríkur Sturla Ólafsson, an experienced instructor of Icelandic as a second language. After a lunch break the group went on a “city walk”, a short introduction to where to find what in town along with interesting facts and fractions of the town’s history. After the walk Dr. Peter Weiss, the director of the University Centre gave a talk about the centre and the Westfjords. The day concluded with a film night, enjoying the celebrated film by director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Children of Nature (Börn náttúrunnar).

As has been the case the past decade, our students come from all over the world. This year, as the past few years, we see an increasing number of students from North America (US and Canada). There seems to be a growing interest in learning Icelandic in this part of the world.

The group is very enthusiastic about learning as much as possible during this short period of time despite obvious challenges concerning covid.

Ahead are three intense weeks of studying. We hope that they will also be rewarding for the students and full of opportunities to use what they learn in real life situations outside the classroom. This is in fact a key element in our teaching method, to encourage our students to start immediately using what they learn in the friendly environment that a town like Ísafjörður offers. The town itself is in a sense our main classroom.


The students on the three week course in front of the University Centre just before embarking on the
The students on the three week course in front of the University Centre just before embarking on the "city walk".
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