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Icelandic Evening Language Classes (All Levels)

  • 2 hours per week
  • 10 weeks
  • 11 Oct 2021

Overview - Icelandic (all levels)

These ten-week online evening courses are open to everyone and will help you to communicate effectively in Icelandic.

You'll learn Icelandic as it's spoken in everyday situations and develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Two-hour classes are held once a week on weekday evenings from 5pm or 7pm, depending on the class/level.

Courses are taught at various levels, from complete beginner to proficiency. You can start at any level (if you meet the entry requirements) and you'll be able to progress to the next level after ten weeks.

These courses are run by the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).

What you'll learn (by level)

Levels 1 & 1+ - Beginners Icelandic

These courses will help you function at a basic everyday survival level, introducing you to basic vocabulary and grammar.

They will cover:

  • an introduction to basic spoken Icelandic with emphasis on mastering the specific sounds of the language
  • developing practical listening skills
  • reading simple texts in Icelandic
  • using a dictionary and understanding grammatical abbreviations
  • getting to grips with several grammatical issues

On completing both levels you'll be able to communicate in and understand Icelandic on a number of practical everyday matters.

Detailed course content can be found on the CLIE website.

Levels 2 & 2+ - Lower Intermediate Icelandic

These courses will give you the opportunity to revise your existing skills and acquire more sophisticated ways of dealing with practical matters. 

You'll practise the Icelandic declension system for nouns and move on to learning about the declension of adjectives, studying texts that will help you understand the declension pattern in action.

On completing both levels you'll be able to communicate in and understand Icelandic on many practical everyday matters relating to various aspects of culture.

Detailed course content can be found on the CLIE website.

Levels 3 & 3+ - Upper Intermediate Icelandic

These courses will help you develop all four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) to an intermediate level. 

You'll continue to work on declension, with the aim of it becoming second nature.

You'll further develop your cultural awareness, your language learning skills and your ability to approach authentic material.

On completing these two levels, you'll be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers and discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Detailed course content can be found on the CLIE website.

Levels 4 & 4+ - Advanced Icelandic

These courses will help those with a good knowledge of Icelandic to become more fluent in the language.

Grammar will still be a main focus of the courses - you should have a good understanding of declension patterns by this stage, and you'll start to learn about verbs in the past.

Your cultural awareness will be further developed and and more complex texts will be introduced.

On completing these two levels you'll be able to understand and take part in various conversations with native speakers, using more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

Detailed course content can be found on the CLIE website.

Levels 5 & 5+ - Post Advanced Icelandic

These courses are designed to help advanced-level students to become more fluent in the language.

You'll:

  • improve your command of topic-related vocabulary and ability to vary your style according to the situation
  • practise your linguistic skills through a variety of activities (debates, games, oral comprehension etc.)
  • be encouraged to start reading texts on your own, watch films and television programmes in Icelandic and communicate in Icelandic outside the classroom whenever possible
  • read/listen to and discuss articles from newspapers and magazines and material from Icelandic television
  • further develop your cultural awareness, your language learning skills and your ability to approach authentic material

On completing these two levels you'll be able to use your language skills in a wide variety of situations, and use all forms of the language in a professional environment.

Detailed course content can be found on the CLIE website.

Proficiency - Icelandic

This course is designed for very advanced-level students who want to improve their fluency in Icelandic.

You'll practise your linguistic skills through a variety of activities, using authentic materials for reading, listening and discussion.

You'll be encouraged to read texts on your own, watch films and television programmes in Icelandic and communicate in Icelandic outside the classroom whenever possible. 

You'll learn more about Icelandic culture, current affairs, history and recent changes in Icelandic society.

On completing this course you'll be able to use your language skills in social and professional environments.

Detailed course content can be found on the CLIE website.

Full details of the courses syllabi are available on the CLIE website.

Who these courses are for

CLIE language courses are open to everyone aged 18 years and above. Classes are usually made up of a wide range of ages and professions, with various motivations for learning.

Entry requirements

Unless you're a complete beginner, or re-enrolling, you may need to take an assessment so you can join a class at the most appropriate level.

Assessments involve an informal conversation with a tutor and should take no longer than 15 minutes. See the CLIE website for more information.

  • Levels 1 & 1+ (beginners) - suitable if you have no previous knowledge of Icelandic
  • Levels 2 & 2+ (lower intermediate) - suitable if you've studied Icelandic before, for instance up to GCSE level, and have some knowledge of the main present and past tenses
  • Levels 3 & 3+ (upper intermediate) - suitable if you have a good basic knowledge of Icelandic or have studied it at A level some years ago. You should be able to give instructions and describe events, talk about the future and have a basic knowledge of the conditional and subjunctive
  • Levels 4 & 4+ (advanced) - suitable if you have a good command of Icelandic and its main grammatical structures or have recently achieved a good grade at A level
  • Levels 5 & 5+ (post-advanced) - suitable if you're able to use Icelandic with a high degree of fluency and accuracy
  • Proficiency - suitable if you're able to use Icelandic fluently and accurately

Technical requirements

While these courses are being run online, you'll need a:

  • laptop or PC
  • headset (recommended) or speakers and a microphone
  • webcam
  • modern browser, upgraded to the latest version (Chrome recommended)
  • fast internet connection (we recommend speeds of at least 5 Mbps)

Self-Access Centre and online resources

While enrolled on a CLIE evening course, you'll be able to use the Self-Access Centre, where you can access books, films, documentaries, course videos and audio recordings in a wide variety of languages.

You'll also have access to a range of online resources (e.g. lectures, films, TV documentaries) to help you practise your listening and oral comprehension skills at home.

Dates and enrolment periods 

Classes are held once a week on a weekday evening from 5pm to 7pm or 7pm to 9pm, depending on the class/level. You can see the available days and times for different classes when you enrol.

The 10-week courses will run from:

  • 11 October to 17 December 2021 (term 1)
  • 17 January to 25 March 2022 (term 2) 
  • 2 May to 8 July 2022 (term 3)

Cost and concessions

The standard fees for external students are:

  • one term (10 lessons) - £400
  • two terms (20 lessons) - £705
  • three terms (30 lessons) - £935

Discounts are available for UCL and University of London (UoL) staff, students and alumni.

Detailed fees information is available on the CLIE website.

CPD accreditation and certificates

This course has been accredited by The CPD Certification Service.

You can request a UCL certificate of attendance on completing at least 70% of the course.

If you're a UCL undergraduate student and complete at least 70% of the course, a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) can be included in your examination transcript.

Further information

For more detailed information about our language classes, visit the CLIE website.

Course team

Our language teachers

Our language teachers

Language teachers at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education are either native speakers, or have native fluency in the languages they teach. They're highly qualified and popular with their students, creating a friendly, stimulating environment for language learning.

Learner reviews

"UCL's evening language courses are a great way to brush up on your language skills. The classes are small and lively, with plenty of opportunities to practise speaking and listening."

"Classes are fast-paced, friendly and fun and I'm thrilled with how much they've helped me to progress."

"You are challenged but always encouraged and never made to feel foolish."

"The customs and cultural aspects of a language are useful and interesting to learn about, and something that is difficult to pick up from self-study, online courses, etc."

"The course is more like a place to have fun without any pressures of exams or assessments. Since it is not the aim to pass certain tests, everyone is free to ask any question, have casual conversations and learn what is really useful for real life!"

"Motivating and encouraging teachers; interactive and engaging lessons; emphasis on communication and on the practical use of language. Language classes at CLIE are excellent!"

Course information last modified: 6 Sep 2021, 10:04