Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students, level 1+2
Semester of Instruction
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The Norwegian courses do not give credits for applicants with Norwegian as their first Language.
The course has fast progression.
The first part of the course focuses on topics and vocabulary dealing with one´s own person, study, food, clothing, housing, weather, recreational activities and other everyday situations and events.
The latter part of the course focuses on texts relating to daily life and student life. The texts are supplemented with general topics about Norwegian culture and society
Key parts of Norwegian morphology, syntax, and pronunciation will be covered.
Discussion and written assignment's about course topics are central. Students may also make a short presentation on a topic of their own choosing.
The courses can be combined as follows:
After successfully completing this course, students will have:
- Students will have gained an understanding of normal Norwegian speech and conversations about general topics and topics related to studies and student life.
- Students will be able to discuss and converse in Norwegian about the same topics, using vocabulary learned during the course and with good pronunciation.
- They will be able to read authentic Norwegian texts at a normal level of difficulty and express themselves in writing about topics covered by the course.
- Students will learn the key parts of Norwegian morphology and syntax.
- Students will acquire an active vocabulary of ca. 2000 words and an even greater passive vocabulary.
- They will be able to recognize words and phrases that they have seen or heard before, and partly understand the meaning of a word from their knowledge of Norwegian morphology.
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
For more information about admission:
Employees at UiB
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
The course runs over approximately 100 hours of instruction.
It is expected that students are prepared and participate actively in lessons.
If less than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department's guidelines regarding this on "Mitt UiB". Regarding a course where this is a possibility the students get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semester registration 1 February/ 1 September.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Attendance is mandatory. Participants who are absent more than 25% of the time will not be permitted to take the exam.
Students will submit at least five written assignments during the course.
The compulsory requirements are valid for three semesters. This includes the semester when the lectures are given and the following two semesters.
Forms of Assessment
The course concludes with an examination that includes an oral and a written part in Norwegian bokmål.
The oral part of the exam lasts 15 minutes and consists of a conversation between examiner and one or two students.
The written part of exam lasts 4 hours and covers listening tests, reading and writing skills.
It is given an overall grade. The written part of the exam counts for approximately 2 / 3 of the final grade, The oral part for approximately 1 / 3.
One must pass both the written and oral part of the examination in order to pass the course.
Regarding the number of assessment attempts, see the regulations on admissions, programs, evaluation and degrees at the University of Bergen § 6.8
A scale from A - F
The reading list is announced at the start of the semester. A primer in Norwegian or a compendium of texts at the beginners and intermediate level will be used. Students will also need a dictionary.
The course will be evaluated in line with the Department's policies and UiB's quality assurance system.
The evaluation may be conducted in writing or as discussion with the responsible instructor.