Ann-Kristin Helland Gujord
Staff at Norwegian as a Second Language
Norwegian as a second language concerns the different aspects of learning Norwegian in Norway, from a linguistic, psychological and social perspective. One common feature is the fact that the Norwegian language is looked at from the outside, from the perspective of immigrants with a different language and cultural background.
Like the other language faculties at the UiB, the Norwegian faculty offers top expertise in several areas. Research at the University has focussed in particular on the distinguishing characteristics of learning different linguistic features and how one's mother tongue can affect learning Norwegian. At the same time research at the Faculty includes some more didactic research aimed at practical teaching of the language.
Studying Norwegian as a second language provides a good basis for teaching Norwegian to people of all ages who move to Norway without having Norwegian as their mother tongue. This course is thus aimed at teaching both school and adult students. Teaching in schools can take place either as a separate class for such students or in ordinary Norwegian classes and when teaching other school subjects.
If students opt to continue this course by doing a Master's thesis on Norwegian as a second language, this can also provide them with special opportunities for finding work in the field of research and language testing.
Because this subject produces broad linguistic and cultural skills, it is also relevant for jobs associated with the promotion of culture and working for public bodies, private enterprises and other organisations.