LÓA Language School Course Framework

This page contains detailed information about LÓA's courses. The course packets provided to students also include detailed information about the courses, eg. what you can expect and what is expected of you, but we've covered the essentials below for you to get an idea.

Included in each Course

  • A course pack, including teaching materials created by our teachers
  • A copy of the Íslenska fyrir alla (Icelandic for Everyone) textbook, by Sólborg Jónsdóttir and Þorbjörg Halldórsdóttir; drawings by Böðvar Leós
  • 12 month access to course material
  • Course Exam at the end of the course (optional)
  • Certificate of Completion NOTE: Students must take and pass the Course Exam to receive the certificate; see also Course Progression

Course Structure

All our courses are self-guided study (except online tutoring, of course; that would be weird!)

The lessons are in audio/video format and contain the following:

  • Short written & audio lectures with every lessons
  • Audio comprehension exercises
  • Exercise booklets with solutions (PDF/ printable)
  • Multiple choice exercises
  • Fill-in-the-blanks exercises
  • Quizzes

General Course Requirements

The following are the basic requirements for our online studies:

  • Motivation and discipline for independent study
  • Conversational English; English is used at times for clarification
  • A computer or laptop; using a mobile is not recommended
  • Good internet access
  • Access to a printer to print out support material

To enrol in levels 2-4 you must have

  • a certificate showing that you have completed the Icelandic level prior to the one you are considering (with LÓA or another language school,) or
  • familiarity with basic vocabulary and grammar

Scope and Material - Levels 1 and 2

The total number of lecture hours is 40 hours. The courses consist of 20 separate lessons, with supplemental materials. Estimated time to complete each lesson is approx. 2 hours, depending on the student's linguistic background and familiarity with Icelandic.

You will receive a carefully designed slide pack with 20 lessons as well as course introductory material. Each of the lessons contains instructional material with thorough content explanations throughout, as well as video and audio files.

In addition to the course packet and textbook, you will receive

  • A copy of the textbook Íslenska fyrir alla 1 or 2 (Icelandic for Everyone) by Sólborg Jónsdóttir and Þorbjörg Halldórsdóttir; drawings by Böðvar Leós
  • A vocabulary list
  • An exercise booklet
  • Overview of verb conjugations
  • Overview of noun and personal pronoun declensions
  • Additional materials by your teacher

 

Scope and Material - Levels 3 and 4

The courses comprise 50 hours in total. The amount of time it takes to complete does, however, vary a lot depending on the students' education and knowledge of Icelandic. It is also very important that students are comfortable studying on their own. Each chapter of the textbook is accompanied by correlating sets of presentation slide packs (7-12 sets, depending on the chapter). Each set covers the topics in the textbook, complete with thorough explanations. Students are also given varied exercises to help them internalise what they are studying.

You will receive the following material:

  • Presentation slide packs with study material, exercises, various instructions, and sound files tha can be listened to while reading the slides
  • A copy of the textbook Íslenska fyrir alla 3 or 4 (Icelandic for Everyone) by Sólborg Jónsdóttir and Þorbjörg Halldórsdóttir; drawings by Böðvar Leós
  • A vocabulary list with the content of the book translated into English and French
  • Exercise booklet with varied exercises, complete with answers
  • Extensive vocabulary packet containing materials from the entire course, eg. an overview of verb conjugations as well as noun and personal pronoun declensions, overview of syntax, and much more.

Methodology

  • Answers to exercises are provided within your study pack, making it easy for you to correct your own work after each exercise.
  • Your listening comprehension skills will be honed through video and audio exercises included in the slides, presenting you with new vocabulary in every-day settings.
  • You'll be provided with exercises on Kahoot and Quizlet where you will be able to practice and test what you have learned.
  • Remember: since this is an independent study course, you are totally in control over the speed at which you go through the course and each lesson!

Course Progression and Level of Study

Your satisfaction with the courses and competent advancement from one level to the next is very important to us. One key factor, surprisingly often overlooked, is ensuring you are studying at your correct level. In order to remove any obstacles created by studying at the wrong level, LÓA offers students two types of exams: Placement Exam and End of Course Exam.

Placement Exam

Anyone can take the Placement Exam to find out which level of Icelandic they are at. It is ideal for anyone who has had exposure to Icelandic through living in Iceland or taking Icelandic courses,but is unsure about their actual level of study, knowledge and proficiency. The Placement Exam is free of charge and open to all. 

Click the link below and have a stab at it!

Placement Exam / Stöðupróf

Course Exam

  • End of Course Exam prep packages are available for purchase.
  • One-on-one Online Tutoring sessions (also: Einkakennsla) are ideal for exam preparations; sessions are available for purchase (see our Courses page).

Upon completion of the course, you have the option to sit a written and oral exam; the exam is included in the course price.

The oral exam will be held online and the written portion will be held at a local school or library, in a supervised environment. All arrangements will be made at the appropriate time.

Students who receive a score of 75% or more will be awarded the LÓA Language School Certificate of Completion, marking their achievement! The certificate confirms the completion of a certain level and eligibility to move on to the next.

PLEASE NOTE that while the Course Exam is optional, it is necessary to take it if you want or need a Certificate of Completion. The exam is also necessary if you would like to progress through LÓA's course levels.

Keep talking!

  • We strongly encourage you to practice your Icelandic, for at least 10 minutes every day!
  • Take some time to find someone suitable to be your Icelandic language practice partner. Or partners! It may be your neighbour, a friend, a work mate, or even that youth on the annoying scooter – give it some thought; it’ll be worth your time.
  • You will find further information on how you can keep up your Icelandic speaking practice in the Introduction sections within the course packets.

Online Tutoring (not included in course price)

Online Tutoring sessions are available for purchase; each session lasts 45 minutes.

Through Online Tutoring we can support your efforts with eg. more in-depth explanations about grammar or vocabulary, speaking practices, and whatever else you need.

The form of the Online Tutoring sessions differs a little bit depending on whether you are taking classes alongside the tutoring, on the teacher, and on you - what do you want out of the sessions?

If you are thinking about taking Online Tutoring we recommend that you:

  • Arrange for your first sessions to take place after you have completed 3-4 lessons, to catch any questions you might have and clear up any confusion early on.
  • Arrange to meet again when you have 5-6 lessons left, and see how far you've come!
  • You could also use these sessions to help you prepare for the Course Exam, if you plan to take it.

Don't worry if you are not certain about what you'd like to learn or how to use the session. Our experience tells us that our sessions will probably be shaped by what you are studying. Typically there will be review and assistance related to the grammar and vocabulary you have learned so far, as well as speaking practice making up the most of the tutoring sessions. We will find out!

For Online Tutoring we use Zoom. All arrangements (date, time) will be made once you've purchased the session.

Click here for Online Tutoring with Anna and Online Tutoring with Hófí!

 

Do you have any questions for us?

Check out our FAQ page, or email us: admin loalanguageschool.is

Course Details

LÓA Language School offers two types of courses: Online independent study courses and online tutoring. After buying and enrolling in one of our courses, students receive course packages containing study materials, as well as detailed instructions and information about the applicable course.

Students have access to the course for 12 months after purchase. Each course corresponds roughly to 10-12 weeks of on-site learning. With us students have the option to study entirely at their own pace, concentrating on a course for up to one year, if they want.

To give you an idea of what we offer and what is required of you, we have covered the essentials below.

Námslýsing & námsefni / Course Details & Material

INFORMATION IN ENGLISH BELOW

Námslýsing

Íslenskunámskeið okkar á stiginu 1-4 eru netnámskeið sem ætluð eru fyrir nemendur í sjálfsnámi, þar sem nemandinn stýrir sjálfur för.

Kennslustundirnar, sem eru í formi glæra, hverfast um innihald námsbókanna Íslenska fyrir alla 1-4, og innihalda eftirfarandi:

  • Stutt kennslumyndbönd og -hljóðskrár
  • Hlustunaræfingar
  • Verkefnahefti með svörum (sem PDF/prentanleg)
  • Krossaverkefni
  • Eyðufyllingarverkefni
  • Spurningaleikir (quizzes)

Námsefni

Allir nemendur LÓU Language School fá eftirfarandi gögn þegar þeir skrá sig í Íslensku 1-4:

  • Aðgang að námsefninu á netinu í 12 mánuði frá kaupdegi
  • Námspakka með yfirgripsmiklu námsefni sem kennarar okkar hafa samið
  • Eintak af námsbókinni Íslenska fyrir alla eftir Sólborgu Jónsdóttur og Þorbjörgu Halldórsdóttur; myndir eftir Böðvar Leós
  • Próf við lok námskeiðs (valkvætt; innifalið í verðinu)
  • Skírteini um lok námskeiðs ATHUGIÐ Nemendur verða að ná prófinu til þess að fá skírteinið

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General Course Details

Our Icelandic courses levels 1-4 are intended as online independent study where the student is in charge of their own study and progress.

The lessons are in slide format. They are built around the content in the Íslenska fyrir alla textbooks, and contain the following:

  • Short video & audio lectures
  • Listening comprehension exercises
  • Exercise booklets with solutions (PDF/ printable)
  • Multiple choice exercises
  • Fill-in-the-blanks exercises
  • Quizzes

Materials

All students receive the following upon enrolment in our Íslenska 1-4 courses:

  • Access to course materials for 12 months from day of purchase
  • A course package containing comprehensive course materials created by our teachers
  • A copy of the Íslenska fyrir alla (Icelandic for Everyone) textbook, by Sólborg Jónsdóttir and Þorbjörg Halldórsdóttir; drawings by Böðvar Leós
  • Course Exam at the end of the course (optional; included in price)
  • Certificate of Completion NOTE: Students must pass the Course Exam to receive the certificate

Námsstig / Course Level & Progression

INFORMATION IN ENGLISH BELOW

Í vinnslu...

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Your satisfaction with the courses and competent advancement from one level to the next is very important to us. One key factor, surprisingly often overlooked, is ensuring that you are studying at your correct level.

In order to remove any obstacles created by studying at the wrong level, LÓA has created two types of exams:

  • the Placement Exam - for anyone who needs to assess their Icelandic level
  • the End of Course Exam - for students at LÓA Language School only

Placement Exam

For anyone who needs to assess their level of Icelandic

Anyone can take the Placement Exam to find out which level of Icelandic they are at. It is ideal for anyone who has had exposure to Icelandic through living in Iceland or taking Icelandic courses, but is unsure about their actual level of study, knowledge and proficiency. The Placement Exam is free of charge and open to all. Click the link below to take the exam!

Placement Exam / Stöðupróf

End of Course Exam

For students at LÓA Language School only

LÓA wants students to progress from one level to another confident in the knowledge that they have learned and retained what was presented. That is why we have prepared the End of Course Exam.

Upon completion of our level 1-3 courses, you have the option to sit the End of Course Exam, which is a written and oral exam.

The exam is included in the course price.

You will receive all further details about the exam at the appropriate time, should you choose to take it.

Students who receive a score of 75% or more will be awarded the LÓA Language School Certificate of Completion, marking their achievement! The certificate confirms the successful completion of a certain level and eligibility to move on to the next.

PLEASE NOTE:

While the End of Course Exam is optional, it is necessary to take it if you want or need a Certificate of Completion. The exam is also necessary if you would like to progress through LÓA's course levels. This is in order for you to benefit the most from your studies as you progress.

Preparing for the End of Course Exam - suggestions

  • One-on-one Online Tutoring sessions (Einkakennsla) are a convenient tool in preparation for the exam; sessions are available for purchase (see our Courses page).

Námsskrá / Curriculum: Íslenska 1

In our first beginners' course you will learn vocabulary to express a wide variety of things concerning daily life – all within the grammar framework necessary to use your knowledge with ease and skill.

The vocabulary at this stage will revolve around

  • family
  • daily life
  • body and health
  • home and children
  • work and vocations
  • locations and directions
  • numbers and telling time

As for grammar, the course will introduce you to

  • nouns, their gender and the different cases
  • verbs and simple ways to express present, past and future
  • prepositions to describe directions and locations, and
  • adjectives to add some colour to the world

Námsskrá / Curriculum: Íslenska 2

In Íslenska 2 you will broaden your field of knowledge to cover more and more situations you may find yourself in. You will be given tools to tackle conversations in various circumstances with confidence. You will expand your vocabulary, and learn new grammar elements, enriching your language and increasing the independence you will feel living in Iceland.

To increase your vocabulary we will cover topics such as

  • travel and holidays
  • going to restaurants
  • seasons and weather
  • interests and hobbies
  • appearance and moods
  • shopping for various items
  • understanding and giving directions
  • work: changing shifts, getting off early, calling in sick

In addition we will cover daily activities outside and inside the home, and go deeper into many of the aspects covered in level 1.

As for grammar, we will

  • delve into the past tense and dig a little into the past participle
  • learn to use more cases for noun and pronoun declensions,and discover gendered adjectives (but of course, they also come in three different flavours) and their declensions.
  • learn how prepositions and verbs affect nouns for example the difference between going to work and being at work.

Námsskrá / Curriculum: Íslenska 3a

INFORMATION IN ENGLISH BELOW

Á stigi 3 læra nemendur nokkuð flókna málfræði sem hefur ekki áður verið kynnt, og því skiptir LÓA Language School þessu stigi í tvennt. Okkar reynsla er sú að nemendur þurfa talsvert mikla þjálfun til þess að tileinka sér þessa nýju þekkingu. Með því að skipta námskeiðinu í tvennt fá nemendur okkar þann tíma og þjálfun sem þarf til að ná tökum á efninu.

Í Íslensku 3a færð þú fleiri verkfæri í hendur því nú ert þú ekki lengur byrjandi! Hér fyrir neðan eru upplýsingar um hluta námsefnisins sem farið er yfir á námskeiðinu, sem spannar kafla 1-4 í Íslensku fyrir alla 3.

Orðaforði

Þú lærir að spyrja aðra og svara spurningum eins og til dæmis:

  • Hvernig fjölskyldu átt þú?
  • Ert þú gift(ur)?
  • Átt þú börn?
  • Hvað ertu gamall?
  • Hvernig líður þér?
  • Hvernig persónuleiki ert þú?
  • Hvað ertu með?
  • Hvar ertu?
  • Hvert ert þú að fara?

Þú lærir líka að tala um...

  • ýmsa staði
  • að leigja, að kaupa eða eiga íbúð 
  • raðtölur (fyrsti, annar, þriðji, fjórði...)
  • giftingu, afmæli, jól, áramót og partý

Og þú lærir

  • orðaforða um persónuleika og útlit.

Málfræði og reglur

Þú lærir um:

  • Föll: hvenær notar þú hvaða fall?
  • Kyn nafnorða: hvernig veit ég hvaða kyn orð er?
  • Greini (e. definite article): Hvenær eru nafnorð með greini og hvenær ekki?
  • Forsetningar: Hvenær nota ég í eða á? Hvenær nota ég til eða hjá?
  • Sagnir í nútíð: Hvenær notar fólk nútíð í íslensku? Hvernig eru endingarnar?
  • Hvenær notum við "ég er að..., ég ætla að…, ég var að…"?
  • Lýsingarorð í þolfalli: að nota með plús hlutir í þolfalli, til dæmis: "Ég er með flensu".
  • Persónufornöfn og föll

Þú lærir að nota rétt:

  • orð um staði í þolfalli og þágufalli, til dæmis: í vinnuna og í vinnunni, sem er mjög mikilvægur áfangi fyrir nemendur í íslensku sem öðru máli. 

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Having reached level 3, students will be presented with a somewhat complex grammar, brand new to them, and that is why LÓA Language School divides this level into two courses: Íslenska 3aÍslenska 3b. Our experience has taught us that most students need more time for practice and exercises than they did at earlier levels in order to get a good grasp of the subject matter. By dividing level 3 into two courses, our students are given the opportunity to achieve their desired results.

In Íslenska 3a you will be given more tools to work with than before, because you are no longer a beginner!Blow you will find information about elements of the curriculum included in the course, which covers Chapters 1-4 of Íslenska fyrir alla 3.

Vocabulary

You will learn to ask and answer questions like for instance:

  • What is your family like?
  • Are you married?
  • Do you have children?
  • How old are you?
  • How are you feeling?
  • What is your personality like?
  • What do you have there / What do you have with you?
  • Where are you going?

You will also learn to talk about...

  • houses, flats and other places, and to rent, buy or own a flat
  • ordinal numbers (first, second, third, fourth...)
  • weddings, birthdays, Christmas, new years and parties

And you will learn vocabulary about

  • personalities and appearance

Grammar

You will learn about:

  • Cases: when to use which case
  • Gender of nouns: how to recognise the gender of a noun
  • Prepositions: When to use í, á, til and hjá
  • Verbs in the present tense: When do people use the present tense in Icelandic? When do we use the present continuous: "Ég er að..." ?
  • Adjectives in the accusative: Using með plus various items (eg. "ég er með flensu")
  • Personal pronouns and cases

And you will learn to use correctly:

  • “Að fara” and “að vera”kyrr” (e. movement and staying in place) - a very important aspect of the Icelandic language.

Námsskrá / Curriculum: Íslenska 3b

INFORMATION IN ENGLISH BELOW

Á stigi 3 læra nemendur nokkuð flókna málfræði sem hefur ekki áður verið kynnt, og því skiptir LÓA Language School þessu stigi í tvennt. Okkar reynsla er sú að nemendur þurfa talsvert mikla þjálfun til þess að tileinka sér þessa nýju þekkingu. Með því að skipta námskeiðinu í tvennt fá nemendur okkar þann tíma og þjálfun sem þarf til að ná tökum á efninu.

Í Íslensku 3b færð þú fleiri verkfæri í hendur því nú ert þú ekki lengur byrjandi! Hér finnur þú upplýsingar um hluta námsefnisins sem farið er yfir á námskeiðinu, sem nær yfir kafla 5-8 í námsbókinni Íslenska fyrir alla 3.

Orðaforði

Þú lærir til dæmis að tala um:

  • atvinnuleit
  • menntakerfið
  • árstíðir
  • fréttir
  • föt og fylgihluti - ég er í og ég er með
  • ferðalög um Ísland
  • árekstur, tjón og slys
  • mismunandi tíma í fortíð

Og þú lærir að svara spurningum eins og:

  • "Hvernig líður þér?" ("Ég er ánægð(ur), pirruð/pirraður, feimin(n)...")
  • "Hvað hefur þú gert á Íslandi?" ("Ég hef farið í sund, á safn, í ferðalag...")

Málfræði

Þú munt meðal annars læra

  • muninn á að eiga, að hafa, að vera með
  • boðhátt
  • sterkar og veikar sagnir í þátíð og lýsingarhætti þátíðar
  • þolfall lýsingarorða
  • að nota orðin fyrir og eftir rétt
  • persónufornöfn í öllum föllum
  • muninn á "... í 10 ár" og "...fyrir 10 árum"

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Having reached level 3, students will be presented with a somewhat complex grammar, brand new to them, and that is why LÓA Language School divides this level into two courses: Íslenska 3aÍslenska 3b. Our experience has taught us that most students need more time for practice and exercises than they did at earlier levels in order to get a good grasp of the subject matter. By dividing level 3 into two courses, our students are given the opportunity to achieve their desired results.

In Íslenska 3b you will be given more tools to work with than before, because you are no longer a beginner! Below you'll find information about parts of the curriculum included in the course, which is based around Chapters 4-8 of the text book Íslenska fyrir alla 3.

Vocabulary

You will (among other things) learn to talk about:

  • job search
  • educational system
  • seasons
  • peoples' age
  • news
  • clothes and accessories - variations on "I am wearing..."
  • travel around Iceland
  • car accidents and related damage

Grammar

You will learn

  • the difference between / usage of að eiga, að hafa and að vera með (to have, to have, and to have! )
  • the imperative
  • verbs: strong and weak verbs in the past tense and past participle
  • adverbs: accusative form of adverbs
  • using the words fyrir and eftir correctly (before and after)
  • personal pronouns in all cases
  • different times in the past / the difference between "... í 10 ár" and "fyrir 10 árum"" ("...for 10 years" vs "10 years ago...")

Umgjörð og námskröfur / Structure and Requirements: Íslenska 1 & 2

Íslenska 1 and 2 contain carefully designed course packages that amount to 40 course hours each. These 40 hours are divided into 18 lessons for level 1 and 22 lessons for level 2. They are based on the textbook Íslenska fyrir alla, which you will receive upon enrolment. Each of the lessons contains instructional material with thorough content explanations through video and audio teaching and exercises. In addition, homework is assigned with every lesson.

The estimated time to complete each lesson is approx. 2 hours, depending on the student's linguistic background, familiarity with Icelandic and individual work speed.

In addition to the course package and textbook, you will receive

  • A vocabulary list
  • An exercise booklet with answers to self correct
  • Grammar sheets
  • Introduction material to assist with speaking practice

General Course Requirements

For all our courses, students must have

  • Motivation and discipline for independent study
  • Conversational English; English is used as the language of instruction at level 1 and 2 and at times for clarifications on higher levels, where Icelandic takes over as the language of instruction
  • A computer or laptop; using a mobile is strongly discouraged
  • Good internet access
  • Access to a printer to print out support material

In addition, Level 2 has a set of specific requirements:

Level 2 Requirements

To enrol, you will need

  • a certificate showing that you have completed Íslenska 1,with LÓA or another language school, OR
  • familiarity with basic vocabulary and grammar demonstrated through our free Placement Exam, which we've designed to help avoid students signing up for the wrong courses/wrong levels.

While we don't expect you to know the level 1 curriculum off by heart, it will be difficult to start level 2 if you are new to the basics.

Click to view the vocabulary and grammar covered in Íslenska 1.

Umgjörð og námskröfur / Structure and Requirements: Íslenska 3a & 3b

Umgjörð Íslensku 3A og 3B

Reikna má með að það taki meðalnemanda um 50 klukkustundir í heild að ljúka námskeiðinu. Það fer þó mjög eftir því hvaða menntun nemandinn hefur að baki og hve mikilli tungumálakunnáttu hann býr yfir.

Námsbókin Íslenska fyrir alla 3 er notuð bæði í Íslensku 3A (fyrstu 4 kaflarnir) og 3B (síðustu 4 kaflarnir).

Í hverjum kafla eru á bilinu 7-12 glærupakkar þar sem farið er vel í það sem kennt er í bókinni og það útskýrt fyrir nemendum. Nemendur fá einnig fjölbreyttar æfingar þannig að þeir geti tileinkað sér efnið.

Með námskeiðum Íslenska 3a og 3b fylgir eftirfarandi efni:

  • Glærupakkar með námsefni, æfingum, leiðbeiningum og hljóðskrám sem hægt er að hlusta á jafnóðum og nemandi les glærurnar.
  • Námsbókin Íslenska fyrir alla 3 eftir Sólborgu Jónsdóttur og Þorbjörgu Halldórsdóttur; myndir eftir Böðvar Leós.
  • Orðalisti þar sem efni bókarinnar er þýtt á ensku og frönsku.
  • Æfinga-og lausnahefti með fjölbreyttum æfingum og svörum við þeim.
  • Víðtækur málfræðipakki sem nær utan allt námsefnið, þar sem má telja yfirlit yfir beygingu nafnorða, sagnorða, lýsingarorða og helstu fornafna, yfirlit yfir setningaskipan og margt fleira.

Grunnnámskröfur

Eftirfarandi kröfur þurfa allir nemendur LÓU að uppfylla.

Nemendur þurfa að hafa:

  • Áhugann, hvatann og agann til að læra sjálfstætt
  • Tölvu/fartölvu - við mælum ekki með því að nota síma
  • Enskukunnáttu: einstaka sinnum þarf að nota ensku til útskýringa
  • Góða internettengingu
  • Aðgang að prentara til að prenta hjálpargögn og námshefti

Námskröfur fyrir Íslensku 3

Stefna LÓU er að allir nemendur okkar fái sem mest út úr náminu. Því viljum við benda á bæði almenn skilyrði s.s. að geta unnið sjálfstætt og hafa nauðsynlegan tölvubúnað og eins kröfur sem við gerum til nemenda sem hafa áhuga á að læra íslensku hjá okkur á stigi 3.

Til að skrá sig í Íslensku 3a eða 3b þurfa nemendur að hafa:

  • skírteini upp á að þeir hafi lokið stigi 2, hjá okkur eða annars staðar
  • eða sýna fram á sambærilega kunnáttu með stöðuprófi.

Ekki er nauðsynlegt að nemendur kunni allt námsefnið frá stigi 1 og 2 utan að, en námið verður mjög erfitt ef nemendur koma til leiks án nauðsynlegrar forþekkingar. Því er best að vanda valið.

Á síðum Íslensku 1 og Íslensku 2 getur þú séð námsefni þeirra námskeiða.

Course Structure - Íslenska 3A and 3B

Íslenska 3a and 3b each amount to 50 class hours. It does depend, though, on the student's linguistic background and education.

Each chapter of the Íslenska fyrir alla 3 textbook is accompanied by correlating sets of presentation slide packs, 7-12 sets, depending on the chapter. Each set covers the topics in the textbook, adding thorough explanations. Students are also given varied exercises to help them internalise what they are studying.

The amount of time it takes to complete does, however, vary a lot depending on the students' education and Icelandic proficiency. It is also depends on how comfortable students are studying on their own.

Students on levels 3 receive the following materials:

  • Presentation slide packs with study material, exercises, various instructions, and sound files which can be listened to while simultaneously reading the slides
  • A copy of the textbook Íslenska fyrir alla 3 (Icelandic for Everyone) by Sólborg Jónsdóttir and Þorbjörg Halldórsdóttir; drawings by Böðvar Leós
  • A vocabulary list with the content of the book translated into English and French
  • Exercise booklet with varied exercises, complete with answers
  • Extensive vocabulary packet containing materials from the entire course, eg. an overview of verb conjugations as well as noun and personal pronoun declensions, overview of syntax, and much more.

General Course Requirements

For all our courses, students must have

  • Motivation and discipline for independent study
  • Conversational English; English is used as the language of instruction at level 1 and 2 and at times for clarifications on higher levels, where Icelandic takes over as the language of instruction
  • A computer or laptop; using a mobile is strongly discouraged
  • Good internet access
  • Access to a printer to print out support material

‍‍Level 3 Requirements

To enroll in our Level 3 courses, you need one of two things:

  • a certificate showing that you have completed Icelandic 2 (at LÓA Language School or another school), OR
  • familiarity with basic vocabulary and grammar up to and including Level 2 demonstrated by taking our free Placement Exam online.

While we don't expect you to know level 1 and 2 curricula off by heart, it will be difficult to start level 3 if you are new to the basics.

Click to view/review the basic vocabulary and grammar of Íslenska 1 and Íslenska 2.

Einkakennsla / Online Tutoring

INFORMATION IN ENGLISH BELOW

Einkakennsla

Hjá LÓU getur þú keypt þér einkakennslu á netinu! Hver kennslustund varir í 45 mínútur.

Sjá tengla hér fyrir neðan.

Með einkakennslu getum við stutt þig í gegnum námið, til dæmis með nánari útskýringum á málfræði eða orðaforða, með talæfingum, og svo framvegis. Þú getur líka notað einkatímana til að fá aðstoð kennarans við að undirbúa þig undir lokaprófið, ef þú ætlar að taka það..

Ef þú ert að hugsa um að kaupa einkatíma til að styðja þig í náminu mælum við með eftirfarandi:

  • Það er góð hugmynd að hitta kennarann í fyrsta sinn frekar snemma í náminu, til dæmis þegar þú ert búin(n) með 3-4 kennslustundir, til að ná að svara spurningum þínum áður en þær hrannast upp og verða til vandræða.
  • Það er síðan sniðugt að fá tíma aftur þegar 5-6 kennslustundir eru eftir af námskeiðinu, til að sjá hversu mikið þú hefur lært!

Hafðu ekki áhyggjur þó að þú vitir ekki alveg hvað þú vilt læra um eða gera í þessum tímum. Reynslan hefur kennt okkur að tímarnir taka að öllum líkindum mið af því sem þú ert að læra hverju sinni, þannig að málfræði og orðaforðinn sem þú hefur lært taka líklega mesta plássið í einkatímanum. Sömuleiðis verða talæfingar örugglega efst á blaði hjá okkur. En við komumst bara að því saman!

Við einkakennsluna notum við Zoom. Við verðum í sambandi við þig og gerum allar ráðstafanir (tími, dagsetning) eftir að þú hefur keypt tímann/tímana.

Smelltu til að skoða einkakennslu með kennurunum okkar tveimur, Önnu og Hófí:

Einkakennsla með Önnu

Einkakennsla með Hófí

Æfðu þig að tala - nokkur góð ráð!

  • Við hvetjum þig til að æfa íslenskuna þína í að minnsta kosti 10 mínútur á dag!
  • Taktu þér smá tíma til að finna einhvern sem þú getur æft þig með. Það gæti verið nágranni þinn, vinur, vinnufélagi, unglingur í stigaganginum - hugsaðu aðeins um þetta; þú munt ekki sjá eftir því!
  • Við veitum þér að sjálfsögðu frekari upplýsingar um hvernig þú getur æft þig ef þú ákveður að kaupa einkatíma!

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Online Tutoring

Online Tutoring sessions are available for purchase, and each session lasts 45 minutes.

See links below.

Through Online Tutoring we can support your efforts by eg. providing more in-depth explanations about grammar or vocabulary, with speaking practice, or whatever else you need.

If you are thinking about taking Online Tutoring to support your during your course we recommend that you:

  • Arrange to have your first session after you have completed the first 3-4 lessons, in order to catch any questions you might have and clear up any confusion early on.
  • Arrange to meet again when you have 5-6 lessons left, and see how far you've come!

You could also use these sessions to help you prepare for the Course Exam, if you plan to take it.

Don't worry if you are not certain about what you'd like to learn or how to use the sessions. Our experience tells us that the sessions will probably be shaped by what you are studying. Typically, review and assistance related to the grammar and vocabulary you have learned so far will make up most of the tutoring sessions, as will speaking practice. We will find out together!

For Online Tutoring we use Zoom. We will be in touch to make all arrangements (date, time) once you've purchased the session(s).

Click the links for more information about Online Tutoring with our two teachers: Anna and Hófí:

Online Tutoring with Anna

Online Tutoring with Hófí

Practice speaking Icelandic - some tips!

  • We strongly encourage you to practice your Icelandic for at least 10 minutes every day!
  • Take some time to find someone suitable to be your Icelandic language practice partner. Or partners! It may be your neighbour, a friend, a work mate, or even that youth on the annoying scooter – give it some thought; it’ll be worth your time.
  • We will of course provide more tips and instructions if you decide to join us online!

Skírteini í lok námskeiðs / Certificate of Completion

ENGLISH INFORMATION BELOW

Sjá einnig Námsstig

Nemendur sem taka lokaprófið* og ná 75% árangri eða meiri fá áfangaskírteini LÓU Language School til marks um árangur þeirra!

Til að færast upp um námsstig hjá LÓU þurfa nemendur að taka lokaprófið. Skírteinið merkir að ákveðnu stigi hefur verið náð og að nemandinn geti nú hafi nám á því næsta.

Nemendur sem þurfa á skírteini að halda, til dæmis sem hluta af umsókn, þurfa að taka lokaprófið.

*Lokaprófið er innifalið í námskeiðsgjaldinu; frekari upplýsingar er að finna undir Námsstigsflipanum.

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See also in Course Level & Progression

Students who receive a score of 75% or more on the End of Course Exam* will be awarded the LÓA Language School Certificate of Completion, marking their achievement!

The End of Course Exam is necessary if you want to progress through LÓA's course levels. The certificate confirms the completion of a certain level and eligibility to move on to the next.

Students who need certificates for applications (such as residency applications) or other purposes must take the End of Course Exam.

*The End of Course Exam is included in the course price; for more information see Course Level & Progression.