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Goal/content

The one-year programme has the objective of educating performing/composing musicians for a professional career or further studies at the Bachelor´s or Master´s level. The programme is intended for applicants outside of Norway who are not eligible for existing exchange programmes.

The programme has a duration of one year (2 semesters).

There are three possible areas of concentration within the one-year programme: classical, jazz and composition.

The one-year programme contains the following mandatory courses:

  • MUV230 Main Instrument Classical 3 or
  • MUV232 Main Instrument Jazz 3 or
  • MUV234 Main Instrument Composition 3
  • Two elective courses in performance and/or composition, each worth 15 study points (credits). Norwegian as a second language may be counted as one of these courses.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements

Applicants must have reached a high level of instrumental/vocal music or composition, which must be verified by a musical audition. For those applying from outside of Norway, this audition requirement may be met by submitting a documented recording (CD, DAT, DVD) of 30-45 minutes with a representative repertoire for the instrument used or submitted scores/compositions.

Students admitted to this one-year programme are exempted from the regular requirements for each course, which are otherwise applicable to students admitted to the Bachelor´s programme.

In granting admission, we consider the formation of instrumental/vocal groups as well as the available resources.

Compulsory units

Required activities

All instruction is mandatory.

In the one-year programme there are also project weeks, various seminars, master classes, etc., which are mandatory for the students.

Please see the various course plans for more information about the required activities.

Sequential Requirements, courses

Requirements for progression in programme

The students are required to follow the given programme progression in order to complete their exams.

Assessment methods

Assessment/exams

Please see the various course plans for the forms of evaluation.

Evaluation

Evaluation

Evaluations will be carried out regularly throughout the year of study.

Instruction

Language of instruction

English

Specialisation

Required courses and specialisation

The requirement for the International Diploma in Performance or Composition is 60 ECTS.

  •  Major (performance or composition) 30 ECTS
  • Elective courses 30 ECTS

Start-up Date

Programme start

Autumn

Administrative Responsibility (department/centre and person)

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design/ The Grieg Academy - Department of Music

Study Plan

Required courses

 

MUV230 MAIN INSTRUMENT CLASSICAL 3

Study points/ECTS: 30

Semesters of instruction

Instruction begins in the autumn semester (5th semester) and runs over two semesters.

Learning objectives

The course shall prepare the student for a professional career as a musician by developing:

Stylistically differentiated interpretation skills

Technical and musical competence

A broad repertoire

Performance skills

Course content

The course is comprised of the following subtopics:

Individual competence

Study and practice technique

Familiarity with instrument/voice physiology

Interpretative skills and knowledge of repertoire

Ensemble

Concert and presentation practices

Individual competence includes playing/vocal techniques from various genres and epochs, scales and etùdes as well as sight reading/sight singing.

Study and practice methods addresses methods of efficient practice and how to avoid strain injuries.

Interpretative skills and knowledge of repertoire addresses, through evaluation and testing, various interpretative methods linked to relevant schools and style epochs.

Ensemble shall provide students with experience in playing in ensembles of various sizes. Students with piano, harpsichord, organ or guitar as their main instrument shall also accompany/play continuo as a part of their ensemble practice.

In Concert and presentation practices, the focus is on performance and contact with an audience, including stage delivery, presentation techniques (written/oral) and programme arrangement according to various target audiences.

Prerequisites

It is a prerequisite that the student is accepted to the Bachelor¿s programme in music and has passed the exam in MUG121, or an equivalent course.

Course materials

Relevant literature and listening repertoires adapted to each instrumental/vocal subject.

Teaching methods

The course follows the Department¿s teaching plan. Instruction is given in the form of individual supervision, group sessions within each instrument group, joint seminars/master classes and various ensemble activities.

The main instrument teacher is responsible for accommodating an individual work plan and ensuring that the requirements of the study plan are met.

Mandatory activities

Individual guidance with main instrument teacher

Individual tutorials with accompanist (when relevant)

Joint arenas in connection with instrument and/or instrument group

Various ensemble activities of various sizes (see separate semester plan)

Project weeks (see separate semester plan)

Master classes and seminars (see separate semester plan)

At least two solo performances at internal and/or public concerts

Eligibility for exams is contingent upon having completed and passed all mandatory instruction.

Completed obligatory instruction is valid for two semesters subsequent to the exam time.

Requirements for repertoire:

- A solo repertoire of at least 45 min., possibly with accompaniment

- Ensemble repertoire of normally at least 60 min. For pianists: 30 min.

The repertoire shall be documented during the exam semester and submitted on a separate form before 1 March (or 1 October), with the approval of the main instrument teacher.

Evaluation

Students will be evaluated regularly in dialogue between the main instrument teacher, the accompanist and the student. This evaluation will be based on a common objective and will be in written form. Evaluations will also be made of group classes, projects, etc. in the form of a questionnaire. A report will be drawn up.

The academic staff at the Department shall also have regular contact with the student representatives about course evaluation.

Assessment/Exams

Exams will be held after the second semester (Semester 6). The exams consist of a concert performance with a repertoire of 40 minutes. Up to 15 minutes of the exam may consist of chamber music (normally 3-9 performers).

Internal assessment with at least two examiners, one of whom may be the student¿s main instrument teacher.

Assessment marks: Pass/not pass

For exams, we emphasise that the student shall receive an oral response from the examiners, assessing the performance. All assessment shall be based on the learning objectives for that course.

The candidate must submit an exam programme proposal, which must be approved by the main instrument teacher within 6 weeks prior to the exam.

 

 

MUV232 MAIN INSTRUMENT JAZZ 3

Study points/ECTS: 30

Semester of instruction

Instruction begins in the autumn semester (Semester 5) and runs over two semesters.

Learning objectives

The course shall prepare the student for a professional career as an improvising musician by developing:

Aural/improvising skills

Stylistically differentiated interpretative skills

Technical and musical competence

A broad repertoire

Presentation skills

Academic/professional content

The course comprises the following subtopics:

Individual competence

Study and practice techniques

Familiarity with instrument/voice physiology

Interpretative skills and knowledge of repertoire

Ensemble

Concert and presentation practices

Individual competence includes improvisational skills, playing/vocal techniques, scales and etùdes as well as sight reading/sight singing.

Study and practice methods addresses methods of efficient practice and how to avoid strain injuries.

Interpretative skills and knowledge of repertoire addresses, through evaluation and testing, various interpretative methods linked to jazz as a musical expression.

Ensemble shall provide students with experience playing in relevant ensembles of various sizes.

In Concert and presentation practices the focus is on performance and contact with an audience, including stage delivery, presentation techniques (written/oral) and programme arrangement according to various target audiences.

Prerequisites

It is a prerequisite that the student is accepted to the Bachelor¿s programme in music and has passed MUG123 or an equivalent course.

Course materials

Relevant literature and listening repertoires.

Teaching methods

The course follows the Department¿s teaching plan. Instruction is given in the form of individual supervision, group sessions within each instrument group, joint seminars/master classes and various ensemble activities.

Courses in work physiology are given as classes/group instruction and individual supervision.

The main instrument teacher is responsible for accommodating an individual work plan and ensuring that the requirements of the study plan are met.

Mandatory activities

Individual guidance with main instrument teacher

Joint arenas in connection with instrument and/or instrument group

Various ensemble activities of various sizes (see separate semester plan)

Project weeks (see separate semester plan)

Master classes and seminars (see separate semester plan)

Introduction to folk music, organised as week-long courses at Ole Bull Akademiet

Course in work physiology (see separate semester plan)

At least three solo and collective performances at internal and/or public concerts, minimum 90 minutes in total.

Eligibility for exams is contingent upon having completed and passed all obligatory instruction.

Completed mandatory instruction is valid for two semesters subsequent to the exam time.

Requirements for repertoire:

- A repertoire of at least 60 minutes/15 compositions of differing character

-The repertoire shall be documented during the exam semester and submitted on a separate form before 1 March (or 1 October), with the approval of the main instrument teacher.

Evaluation

Students will be evaluated regularly in dialogue between the main instrument teacher, the accompanist and the student. This evaluation will be based on a common objective and will be in written form. Evaluations will also be made of group classes, projects, etc. in the form of a questionnaire. A report will be drawn up.

The academic staff at the Department shall also have regular contact with the student representatives about course evaluation.

Assessment/Exams

Exams will be held after the second semester (Semester 6). The exams consist of a concert performance with at least 6 compositions from the student¿s own repertoire, totalling 40-45 minutes.

Internal assessment with at least two examiners, one of whom may be the student¿s main instrument teacher.

Assessment marks: Pass/not pass

For exams, we emphasise that the student shall receive an informal and thorough oral response from the examiners, assessing the performance. All assessment shall be based on the learning objectives for that course.

The candidate must submit an exam programme proposal, which must be approved by the main instrument teacher within 6 weeks prior to the exam.

 

MUV234 Major Composition 3 

Study points/ECTS: 30

 

Semester of instruction

Instruction begins in the autumn semester. Instruction will be given in both semesters.

 

Learning objectives

In this course, the student will work with composition and creative processes, which will then be put into a broader academic and professional perspective. By combining creative and analytical work, the student will through practice develop his/her assessment skills and understanding of technical and aesthetic aspects, both in his/her own compositions and within musical practice in general.

MUV234 Major Composition 3 is the third major course in the four-year degree programme in composition, and is taken in connection with the following course MUV235 Major Composition 4. These two courses make up an academic whole and together make up the further study programme in composition.

The course will qualify the student for further studies within composition or music theory/science, or it may be complemented by a supplementary course in pedagogy. The course will provide an academic foundation for future work within the field of music, such as composing, education, presentation, music administration, etc.

 

Course content

The course shall further develop the student¿s competence in and knowledge of composition, both as a principal culture-bearing profession within the field of music and as an artistic expression.

Like the previous combination MUG124 and MUG125 (foundational course in composition), this course addresses modern musical composition, but with greater emphasis on individual artistic development. Thus, the course provides room for a greater degree of in-depth study of and concentration on certain topics, which can also influence the content of the various components. However, the in-depth study will still be strengthened and gain perspective through studies of relevant music, composition techniques and pertinent issues taken from various areas in the entire music tradition. The course will normally be taken in semesters 6-7 in the four-year degree programme.

The independent work of the student is a central focus, through individual guidance with an adapted practice plan and syllabus proposal, and through active participation in joint seminars.

Prerequisites

- Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate (generell studiekompetanse) and an approved musical audition (see Admission Requirements in leaflet for performance music degree programmes offered in Norway).

- Completed MUG124 and MUG125 (foundational course in composition)

- Any equivalent documented skills/education from another, equivalent institution.

The applicant must then demonstrate the ability and willingness to express him/herself through the creation of music, documented through an audition.

 

Recommended background knowledge

The applicant should have a sound overview of traditional and contemporary music repertoires, and should also be up to date on central concepts and issues from music theory/aesthetics and composition.

 

Teaching methods

The course is focused on:

- Composition as a creative process

- Compositional techniques and instrumentation

- Piece analyses and knowledge of repertoire

- Aesthetic issues

- Concert and presentation practice

The programme builds on a close coordination between the various subtopics through an adapted teaching plan.

The main teacher has a special responsibility to adapt the individual work plan in accordance with the study plan. The content of this course has strong ties to MUV235 Major Composition 4. The individual progression plan for this course will therefore view both of these courses as one, and this programme is primarily a platform for the in-depth study that is typical for further studies in composition. Through systematic follow-up, the student shall, by the exam in MUV234 Major Composition 3, have acquired a sound theoretical and creative basis for developing a personal musical language.

Composition as a creative process:

Through individual guidance, in projects and seminars, the student will work on defined tasks and on his/her own pieces.

- A list of completed work and exercises must be approved by the teacher in order for the student to be eligible for the final exam.

Compositional techniques and instrumentation:

Through individual lessons, seminars and his/her own work, the student will continue to work with selected movement techniques and instrumentation practices, both historical and contemporary, which are useful for his/her own development as a composer. Computers may be used in this work.

- A list of completed work and exercises must be approved by the teacher in order for the student to be eligible for the final exam.

Piece analyses and knowledge of repertoire:

Selected works from the historical and contemporary canon will be reviewed in tutorials and/or seminar form.

In addition, the student will acquire a more general overview of central pieces and styles in relation to his/her own work, through listening and/or score reading. Such an individual syllabus will be developed in cooperation with the teacher.

- At least once during the year, the student is to present a piece or an analysis at a seminar, as well as submit an archivable version (text, sound, video) from the seminar.

Individual syllabi and seminar participation must be approved by the teacher in order for the student to be eligible for the final exam.

Aesthetic issues:

The aforementioned components shall also be studied more closely as specific examples of central issues within musical space, time and expression, the meaning and function of the artwork, etc.

- In connection with this, an individual syllabus will be developed in cooperation with the teacher. The individual syllabus shall be approved by the teacher in order for the student to be eligible for the final exam.

Concert and performance practice:

It is expected that the student takes the initiative to rehearse his/her own works and etùdes together with the ensemble and musicians in and/or outside the Department, where works and results are recorded. In addition, the student will be involved in mandatory projects organised by the Department.

- The student is to have participated as a composer at various concert performances at least twice during the course. This must be documented in order for the student to be eligible for the final exam.

 

Required activities (specific requirements)

- Individual supervision with main teacher

- Project weeks (see separate semester plan)

- Seminars for smaller group units (i.e. students in the same year or with the same in-depth topic)

- Joint arenas

- Master classes, seminars, excursions, etc. (see separate semester plan)

- Piece performance and participation in internal and/or public concerts.

All mandatory instruction must be completed and approved prior to the exam. Completed mandatory instruction is valid for two semesters subsequent to the original exam time.

Evaluation

Students will be evaluated regularly in dialogue between the main instrument teacher and the student. This evaluation will be in written or oral form, and will be recorded as a report. Evaluations will also be made of group classes, projects, etc. in the form of a questionnaire. A report will be drawn up.

The academic staff at the Department shall also have regular contact with the student representatives about course evaluation.

 

Assessment / exam forms

The exam will be completed as a portfolio.

The portfolio shall consist of at least 3 (three) different compositions and exercises for various groups of musicians, with a total playing time of at least 10-15 minutes (depending on the complexity and style of the piece, which is to be written during the study programme, under supervision). The score shall normally be performed prior to the exam and documented by corresponding recordings. Electroacoustic music must be documented as recordings along with appropriate documentation of the production phase (computer printouts, programme code, computer files, video, etc.)

In special cases, the student may be exempted from the requirement for recordings.

The portfolio is valid for two semesters after the semester during which the student should have, at a normal progression rate, taken the exam.

The exam will be assessed by at least one internal and one external examiner.

Assessment marks: Pass/not pass.

 

 

 

Electives

 

 

 

 

MUV240 / Baroque ensemble I

(replaces MUV2111 and MUV2112)

Study points (credits): 15.0

Semesters of instruction

Instruction begins in the autumn semester.

Course goals

The course shall provide a foundation for historically oriented interpretation based on familiarity with baroque performance techniques, without the necessary use of baroque instruments.

Course content

Baroque ensemble (15 study points/credits) is an introduction to repertoire in the 17th and 18th centuries. Performance and study are combined through performance, listening, original source materials, ensemble activities and group instruction.

Prerequisites

Baroque ensemble (15 study points) can be taken by students within the disciplines of singing, recorder, (traverso) flute, (baroque) oboe, (baroque) bassoon, (baroque) horn, (baroque) trumpet, trombone (sackbut), (baroque) chordophone, guitar, lute and keyboard instruments such as the harpsichord and organ.

Students currently enrolled at the Grieg Academy, Department of Music must have completed their first year of studies. Applicants from other institutions must be able to document an equivalent background.

Auditions may be required of external applicants.

Methods of instruction

The course covers individual rehearsal, readings in the relevant literature, attendance at lectures and group instruction, and an ensemble project.

The lectures are an introduction to the history of interpretation, ornament, basso continuo accompaniment and temperament.

In the group instruction, the group works with ornament, basso continuo accompaniment and temperament, presentation and practicing.

Ensemble instruction/project tests may be arranged.

Great emphasis is placed on exchanges and transferring of knowledge and experience between the students in this discipline, through student lectures and performances.

It is expected that the students rehearse on their own, independently.

Rehearsed and performed ensemble repertoire: around 30 minutes.

Required activities (special requirements)

- group instruction

- ensemble tests

- concerts

All required instruction must be completed and approved before signing up for the exam. Completion of the required instruction is valid for two semesters after the normal examination time period.

Evaluation

Evaluations will be carried out in the form of a questionnaire. A written report will be produced. The academic leadership at the Department will have regular contact with the student committee.

Grading/exams

Exam concert¿15 minute repertoire.

Internal evaluation.

Grading terms: Pass/not pass.

MUV2121 / Accompaniment I

Study points/credits: 15.0

Semesters of instruction

Instruction begins in the autumn semester.

Course goals

Through the course, the student shall:

-acquire knowledge, insight and competence in accompaniment/participation in performing together with instrumentalists and vocalist in the broadest possible repertoire
-develop musical flexibility, cooperative skills, creativity and presentation techniques
-be stimulated to discuss and verbalise musical issues.

Course content

MUV2121 (15 study points/credits over two semesters) is primarily directed towards students concentrating in piano, but students concentrating in harpsichord, organ or guitar may also apply.

Prerequisites

Students currently enrolled at the Grieg Academy, Department of Music must have completed their first year of studies. Applicants from other institutions must be able to document an equivalent background.

Methods of instruction

Through this course, the student shall work on:
- His/her own competence, interpretation and acquisition of repertoire.
- Sight reading

The subject can cover choir repetition and sight reading, for harpsichord, organ and also basso continuo.

Individual guidance and group performance guidance are central. The student shall observe accompaniment and instruction in interpretation with others as a part of the course of study. The student should also, if possible, be able to act as an assistant to the teacher.

Fixed ensemble agreements among fellow students on different instruments are required. At least one vocalist is required as accompaniment.
In addition, the student will work alone with relevant literature on interpretation and ensemble/accompaniment, and with textual and linguistic comprehension in song.
The student is advised to follow along with the given instruction, with respect to shared arenas for vocal students or other relevant accompaniment arenas.

Required activities (special requirements)

- individual guidance
- group instruction.

All mandatory instruction must be completed and approved before signing up for the exam. Completion of the mandatory instruction is valid for two semesters after the normal examination time period.

Repertoire requirements:
Varied repertoire, minimum 60 minutes.
The repertoire shall be documented in the exam semester and be approved by the subject instructor.

 

Evaluation

Evaluations will be carried out in the form of a questionnaire. A written report will be produced. The academic leadership at the institute will have regular contact with the student committee.

 

Grading/exams

The student chooses an exam repertoire of 20 minutes from his/her repertoire (see above).

This shall be performed as a concert.
Grades: From A to F.

Internal evaluation.

MUV2151 / Secondary instrument I

Study points (credits): 15.0

Semesters of instruction

Instruction begins in the autumn semester.

Course goals

The course shall, along with the main instrument, give the student an expanded artistic and technical foundation for creative, versatile and independent work as a musician.

Course content

The course MUV2151 (15 study points over normally one academic year) shall develop performing competence, knowledge and presentation techniques in vocals or an instrument. It is a secondary instrument course and can be offered for an instrument with its own special traditions and repertoire, an instrument which can be offered as a main instrument at many institutions.

Historical variants of the main instrument (for example harpsichord, square piano and baroque chordophones and wind instruments) can be studied as secondary instrument, provided the necessary teaching resources are available. Instruments studied which are close to the main instrument may in some cases be studied as a "special instrument¿ (see separate study plan).

Prerequisites

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate (generell studiekompetanse) and passed audition. The course is not offered on instruments that would be expected to belong to the main instrument studies.
Audition: 10 minute repertoire selected by the applicant.

Methods of instruction

The course focuses on:
- the student¿s competence
- the instrument's properties/voice physiology
- interpretation and repertoire
- ensemble.

The student¿s competence:
The student shall develop basic technical and musical competence through individual guidance, his/her own rehearsing and ensemble.

Instrument¿s properties/voice physiology:
The student shall learn about the construction, mechanics and history of the instrument/voice. This will be studied through the relevant literature.

Interpretation and repertoire:
The student shall work with at least two relevant genres and/or styles.

Ensemble:
The student should take part in ensembles (including duo) with a relevant repertoire.

Required activities (special requirements)

- individual guidance
- group instruction related to the instrument/instrument family.

No resources for accompaniment are included in this unit.

All mandatory instruction must be completed and approved before signing up for the exam. Completion of the mandatory instruction is valid for two semesters after the normal examination time period.

Repertoire requirements:
The student shall learn at least a 30 minute repertoire, 10 minutes of which shall be ensemble.
The repertoire shall be documented in the exam semester and approved by the instructor.

 

 

Evaluation

Evaluations will be carried out in the form of a questionnaire. A written report will be produced. The academic leadership at the Department will have regular contact with the student committee.

Grading/exams

The difficulty level of the exam repertoire shall qualify for admission to MUV2152.
The exam shall be carried out as a concert performance of one repertoire of 20 minutes, of which five minutes shall be ensemble.

The candidate proposes an examination programme that shall be approved by the instructor within six weeks before the exam date.
Grading: Pass/not pass.
Normally, internal evaluation will be used.

MUV2161 / Chamber music I

Study points/credits: 15.0

 

Semesters of instruction

Instruction begins in the autumn semester

 

Course goals

The course provides an in-depth study and experience with chamber music ensemble/composition for one chamber group. Through practical performance/composing, the student shall:

- gain personal and musical acquaintance with problems unique to being a part of an ensemble as performer or composer
- better understand how to make artistic choices
- develop abilities related to ensemble, precision, use of tone, phrasing, intonation, style comprehension, holistic thinking etc.
- Together with the group, develop an independent sense of responsibility with respect to rehearsal methods and performances.

Course content

The course is open to instrumentalists and vocalists who would like to expand their ensemble experience in a regular chamber music group.

If conditions allow it, the course can also, be chosen by students concentrating in composition. The student will in this case, in cooperation with the performing student group, work on the composition, rehearsal and performance of their own composed music.

The course qualifies one for admission to Chamber music II.

Prerequisites

Completed first year of studies (or equivalent). Applicants with credentials from other institutions must be able to document the applicable qualifications.

A project outline shall be submitted with the application for admission. This will be evaluated by the instructors and must contain the following information:
- Who shall participate in the ensemble (each individual member in the ensemble must apply for this course and submit the same works in the project outline); the ensemble will normally consist of 3-9 members, but duos are acceptable in certain special cases.
- Which works are being proposed for rehearsal/composition (at least two works), and the length (time) of the works.
- Who is wished to be the responsible main advisor for the project.

Methods of instruction

The student shall, together with the other members in the ensemble, rehearse and perform at least two works (at least 30 minutes altogether).

Great emphasis will be placed on both individual contributions and group work.

Required activities (special requirements)

Group guidance.

All mandatory instruction must be completed and approved before signing up for the exam. Completed mandatory instruction is valid for two semesters after the normal exam period. This applies to the entire group.

 

Evaluation

Evaluations will be carried out in the form of a questionnaire. A written report will be produced. The academic leadership at the Department will have regular contact with the student committee.

Grading/exams

The exam covers two to four performances which shall normally be carried out over the course of the second semester.

Internal evaluation with at least two instructors.
Composition students shall submit the sheet music related to the exam performances. All performances must be approved.
Approved performances are valid only in that group one with which participates in the course.
The performances are valid for two semesters after the normal exam period.

Grades: Pass/not pass.

MUG105 / Music in World Cultures

Study points (credits): 15.0

Semesters of instruction

Spring

Course goals

Students will learn to recognise and place specific musical traditions within their cultural, geographical, historical and stylistic contexts.

Course content

This course presents a survey of music in selected cultures of the world, including Native America, Africa, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Middle East, and Latin America. The course should be of interest to students in music and other students in the Humanities.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge of music theory, but this does not need to be formally documented.

Course materials

Approx. 800 pages as well as listening examples.

Methods of instruction

One semester of lectures including listening examples.

Required activities (special requirements)

The students are expected to attend a certain number of concerts of non-western music. All mandatory instruction should be completed and approved before registration for the exam.

Evaluation

Evaluation will be carried out in the form of a questionnaire. A written report will be made. The head of department shall be in regular contact with representatives of the student board.

Grading/exams

Grading of assignment portfolio. The student will turn in 3 assignments. Internal evaluation. All assignments must be completed with a passing grade. Assignment portfolio is valid for 2 semesters after the normal exam time. Grading marks: A-F

NOR-U1 / Course in Norwegian language and culture for foreign students, level 1

Study points/credits: 15.0

Semesters of instruction

Spring and autumn
Please be aware that ANA has its own separate admission.

Course goals

The students work with texts derived from everyday life, student life and society at large.

Students shall:
- learn to use the grammatical structures dealt with in the course
- learn the proper pronunciation
- obtain an active vocabulary of about 1000 words

- obtain a large enough passive vocabulary. They shall be able to make out words and expressions they have not previously heard or seen, and understand the imports of words through an acquaintance with Norwegian morphology.
Written work based on themes from everyday life, student life and society at large will be a part of the assignments. Throughout the course, the students must turn in at least five written assignments to be checked by the teacher.

Course content

The course shall equip students to understand clearly spoken Norwegian dealing with everyday student life and take part in conversations on these topics. Emphasis will be placed on the participants¿ being able to read simple, authentic texts in Norwegian and express themselves in written work related to everyday student life.

Recommended prerequisites

None.

Course overlap

There is some overlap between the courses Nor-U1 and Nor-U01. These two courses will therefore give a maximum of 15 study points/credits.

Required activities (special requirements)

Throughout the course, the students must turn in at least five written assignments which will be checked by the teacher. Attendance is mandatory. Students who are absent for more than a quarter of the course will be denied permission to take the exam.

Attendance is mandatory on the first day of class. An absence on the first day will lead to automatic removal from the course.

Evaluation

Instruction and presentations shall be conducted as an interaction between the students and the teacher. The students will therefore have the chance to evaluate the instruction. Feedback will occur as direct dialogue with the teacher and with the help of an evaluation form which will be distributed in the course.

Grading/exam

The course concludes with an exam which consists of a spoken and written portion.

The spoken portion takes approx. 10 minutes and consists of a conversation between the student and the examiner.

The written portion takes 3 and a half hours and contains
- dictation
- reading comprehension
- grammar and vocabulary sections
- an essay on an assigned theme, approx. 150 words.
A grading scale from A-F will be used with E as the lowest passing grade. The spoken portion composes 1/3 of the exam, the written portion 2/3. The student must complete both portions for the exam to be approved.