Prerequisite for entry
intermediate knowledge of Icelandic (successful completion of Icelandic syllabus 5+ at UCL Language Centre or other comparable studies).
10 x 2-hour classes.
Aims and objectives
The aim of the course is to enable students who are approaching fluency in Icelandic to practice their linguistic skills through a variety of activities, using authentic materials for reading, listening and discussion.
Students are encouraged to trust their grounding and start reading texts on their own, watch films & television in Icelandic and communicate in Icelandic outside the classroom whenever possible.
- Icelandic culture through authentic materials: newspapers, magazines, radio & television material, lyrics to songs, websites, brochures etc.
- Current affairs, politics
- Recent changes in Icelandic society
- Iceland through the ages
Linguistic structures/ Phonetics
Recognising, understanding and reproducing any kind of discourse
Revision of selected grammar issues. Particular fields agreed in class. Students input encouraged: which issues need covering.
- Authentic materials: newspapers, magazines, radio & television material, lyrics to songs, websites, brochures etc;
- Course reference book, grammar: Colloquial Icelandic, Daisy Newman;
- Teacher’s handouts;
- Online material from open Icelandic source materials: Bragi, Tungumálatorg.
- Glossaries from Colloquial Icelandic & Learning Icelandic
- Íslensk ensk orðabók - Iðunn
- Ensk-íslensk skólaorðabók – Mál & Menning
In addition there is a wide range of language learning materials for self-study in the Self-Access Centre.