On this page you'll find our FAQ section, as well as detailed information about our courses.

If by chance you can't find the information you need, just send you question to us at admin@loalanguageschool.com

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Which level of Icelandic is right for me?

If you already know some Icelandic, whether you've taken a course or not, you could start by taking at look at the next question about our placement exam, the outcome of which determines your level quite decisively, and is free for all to take.

But let's start here!

Should I start at level 1?

You may have had some exposure to the language, but if you feel that you don't have a firm base in the formal grammar and vocabulary yet you should definitely start with our Íslenska 1 course.

Am I ready for level 2?

Level 2 is perfect for you if

  • you are sure you're definitely not a total beginner
  • you have a useful, though limited, vocabulary for everyday activities, yet...
  • your grammar is still a little sketchy, and
  • you're not really talking that much.

Do any of these apply to you? Then our Íslenska 2 course is probably for you.

What is the placement exam?

At LÓA we want to make sure you are studying at the correct level, as it doesn't do anyone any good if you are either struggling through or breezing by. Your level can be determined decisively in one of two ways: through our placement exam or our end of course exam (see the question below).

Placement exam

Our placement exam has been developed in order to help determine your level of Icelandic. The placement exam is free of charge and open to all. 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.

If either of these scenarios applies to you, we encourage you to take the test before you decide on your course of study.

Click the link below to take the exam.

Placement exam / Stöðupróf

What is the end of course exam?

At LÓA we want to make sure you are studying at the correct level, as it doesn't do anyone any good if you are either struggling through or breezing by.  Your level can be determined decisively in one of two ways: through our placement exam (see question above) or our end of course exam.

End of course exam

In order to get a certificate or diploma from LÓA Language School, you need to sit a written and oral exam.

The exam comprises grammar and vocabulary elements covered in the course. It is included in the course package, and will be made available to you at the end of the course.

Those who receive a score of 75% or more will be awarded the LÓA Language School Certificate of Completion, marking their success!

What is the LÓA Certificate of Completion?

The LÓA Language School Certificate of Completion confirms that the student has taken a particular course, and has passed the End of Course Exam with a score of 75% minimum.  

The exam is entirely optional, but only those who take it will be eligible to receive the certificate of completion

Permanent residency applicants

Students applying for permanent residency and need confirmation of Icelandic language study hours accumulated get the certificate the same way - by taking the end of course exam.

Click here for information about permanent residence permit requirements on the Directorate of Immigration website.

What are the basic requirements for studying at LÓA?

LÓA's basic requirements are based on the contents of the courses, as well as the parameters laid out in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Click here for information on the requirements for each level, along with detailed information about each course.

When do the courses start?

All of LÓA’s courses are independent study courses - you decide exactly when to start, when to study, where you choose to study and when the course ends!

You gain access to your course immediately upon purchase, and can start right then and there!

How long do the courses take?

All of LÓA’s courses are independent study courses, which means that you are in charge and decide how long your course takes!

After buying a course you have 12 months to complete lessons. The same study material covered in Íslenska 1 and Íslenska 2 is compatible to 5-6 weeks of course work in a class setting.

You can spread the course out over the 12 months or rush through, it's your choice, but we hope you take your time, and enjoy.

What can you tell me about the study portal and my access to it?

After buying a course you have 12 months to complete it.

On the LÓA Language School study portal you will find the following:

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

Check out the video on our home page, which gives you an insight into how the courses are structured.

FYI: The courses cover roughly the same material as is normally covered in 5-6 weeks in a class room setting.

Requirements for permanent residency

Certificates issued by LÓA Language School, demonstrating Icelandic study hours accumulated, are valid for submission for permanent residency with the Directorate of Immigration.

Certificates are only issued to students who take the end of course exam (see information in question above). This exam is included in the course price and offered at the end of each course.

LÓA Language School received accreditation from the Icelandic Directorate of Education (Menntamálastofnun) in November 2021.

Return policy

Of course we can reimburse you, no problem! You may contact us within 7 days of purchase and we will reimburse you the price of the course at the time of purchase.

But don't go! We'd much rather you stay! How about contacting us if you run into any sort of problems with your course, and we'll see if we can sort something out?

Our email in either case is admin@loalanguageschool.is

Does LÓA assist in obtaining student visas?

All our courses are online courses, and therefore LÓA does not assist students in obtaining study / student visas.

COURSE DETAILS

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

Curriculum: Íslenska 2

In our second beginners' course 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.

Course structure and requirements of 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 enrollment. 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.

See Íslenska 1 & 2 curricula above.

Online tutoring

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

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

Click here the links for more information about online tutoring with our awesome teacher, Anna!

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!

Methods & materials

General course details / methods

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 end of course exam to receive the certificate

Course levels  

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

We want 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 and 2 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

  • One-on-one Online Tutoring sessions are a convenient tool in preparation for the exam, and you'll find sessions available for purchase on our courses page.

Certificate of completion

See also in FAQ above

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

**Course hours for Íslenska 1 and Íslenska 2 now count towards the requirements for residency applications. LÓA's accreditation application was approved with the Ministry of Education in December 2021.