About Icelandic Online
The University of Iceland actively participates in research and development in the area of Computer Assisted Language Learning. Development of Icelandic Online began in 2000 and the first course was launched in 2004.
Key concerns in the development were that these online courses should be pedagogically driven and the course design would include scaffolding of effective form-focused ways to teach morphologically complex languages online.
The University of Iceland now offers six online Icelandic courses, www.icelandiconline.is, based on sound second language acquisition research and innovative instructional practice combined with the relevant technology. The goal is to provide an interesting, entertaining and effective online language learning environment for computers, and in 2016, for tablets and smart phones.
The Icelandic Online courses are: Learner centered, guided and sequenced with interactive and visual exercises Self-instructed and available in six proficiency levels Integrated in terms of instruction of vocabulary, form and function Organized around various oral and written texts followed by comprehension and accuracy and fluency exercises Aided by auxiliary resources such as glossaries, declension tablets and dictionaries.
Icelandic Online allows anyone with Internet access the possibility of participating for free in a global community of learners of Icelandic. The University of Iceland offers a course in survival Icelandic along with five courses for university students.
The Icelandic Online Courses
Icelandic Online offers six different courses in Icelandic:
A survival course for absolute beginners. The content of this course is aimed at learners who live and work in Iceland.
Icelandic Online 1:
This is a beginning level course for students of Icelandic. CEFR level A1. Level 1 offers two themes: Náttúra (Nature) and Menning (Culture).
Icelandic Online 2:
This is a lower intermediate level course for students of Icelandic who have already gone through Icelandic Online 1 or have basic skills in Icelandic. CEFR level A1/A2.
Icelandic Online 3:
This is a intermediate level course for students of Icelandic who have already gone through Icelandic Online 1 and 2 or equivalent studies. CEFR level A2/B1.
Icelandic Online 4:
This is a high intermediate level course for students of Icelandic who have already gone through Icelandic Online 1, 2 and 3 or equivalent studies. CEFR level B1/B2.
Icelandic Online 5:
This is an advanced level course for students of Icelandic who have already gone through Icelandic Online 1, 2, 3 and 4 or equivalent studies. The primary focus of this course is on reading of Icelandic literary texts. CEFR level C1.
Extra – Icelandic Online 1 and 2 Plus: 8-week distance learning courses with the aid of a tutor. This is an expanded and tutored version of Icelandic Online 1 and 2 for a fee with special focus on oral and written comprehension, grammar and written production. Students receive individual feedback from a tutor on written exercises and instructions regarding grammar and vocabulary. The Plus courses are non-simultaneous, self-access online courses. They are based on the open and free courses Icelandic Online 1 and 2.
Collaboration This project has been developed at the University of Iceland by The University's Humanities Research Institute, The Sigurður Nordal Institute, The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages and Department of Icelandic in collaboration with several international universities that offer courses in Icelandic.
Funding Funding for this project has been provided by EU´s Lingua Project, NordPlus, The Icelandic Research Fund, The Icelandic Ministry of Education and The University of Iceland.