This Icelandic course is for students who do not live in the Greater Reykjavik area, cannot sign up for one of the classroom group courses in the afternoon/evening, or prefer to learn at home or in their office.
The classes take place in an online classroom with a whiteboard and options to share the screen with the students. We all see each other and listen to each other as if we were in a brick-and-mortar classroom.
You only need a computer or tablet (or a cellphone, but it is probably a bit uncomfortable) and a quality Internet connection. It is recommended to use a headset with a microphone, but it is not essential.
You can’t join us for a class or the timetable doesn’t suit you? ?
No problem, you can watch the recording. These are available until after a month after the course is over. This is useful for students who work shifts or have a job with changing hours.
✅ Bonus: students in group courses have discounts in private online classes since the course starts until a month after it’s over. If someone is taking the course only by watching the recordings, they can solve their questions more easily with single private classes.
✅ Online classes, the best social distance (COVID-19) ??????
❌No more class binging so that your trip to the school makes sense. Let’s take advantage of IT ?
✅ This course’s online format makes it possible to have one class at a time. This way you can assimilate the content little by little and use all your attention in each class.
Onsite classes often teach two classes or more (intensive courses) because it doesn’t make sense to teach only one when you have already made a trip to the school.
Teaching more than one class at a time is not the most optimal arrangement from a pedagogical point of view. As teachers, this is one of the first things we learn as students of Education in Psychology. However, schools insist on offering intensive courses and double and triple classes due to organizational reasons (not because it’s the best way to learn). It is difficult to keep your attention during such a long time and make good use of the next classes. Attention drops after 40 minutes.
Also, the course finishes too quickly and you don’t have time to digest what you are learning. Icelandic is a language that requires time to assimilate.
With online teaching, you just need to click on a link to enter the class. Say goodbye to using time and money to commute to a brick-and-mortar language school.
ℹ This course is taught in English but it is open to people whose primary language may be another one. Spanish speakers: you may want to join this same course taught in Spanish.
ℹ Este curso se enseña en inglés pero está abierto a personas cuya primera lengua puede ser otra. Alumnos hispanohablantes: quizá queráis apuntaros a este mismo curso impartido en español.
? It starts on October 26th 2020.
? Deadline to register and pay: October 19th. Some spots are already booked, so secure yours as soon as possible. Seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis (after confirming your attendance by paying the tuition). This course requires 5 students to be taught. Maximum of 10 attendants.
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 18:00 to 18:55 CET (Spanish time). This is the same as 17:00-17:55 Icelandic time. If you want to know what time it is in your time zone, you can check it out here.
If you are at work at that time, ask your supervisor if it is possible to attend class at that time. From experience with other students, I know that many employers in Iceland are willing to allow some flexibility or that lessons are included in the work schedule as many employers have an interest in you knowing Icelandic.
Dates for the Icelandic course: From October 26th to January 22nd (approximately, until we complete the 31 lessons).
Note: the time of reference is Spanish time, which is already winter time when the course starts. Depending on the country where you live, there may be time changes. Keep that in mind when you sign up. There are no time changes in Iceland and there should be no problems for those who live in there as the time change has already happened in Spain.
Contents and competences in Icelandic I:
The aim of the course is that you know enough Icelandic to feel comfortable in a series of situations of daily life. It is especially relevant for those who have just arrived in the country or before moving to it. Classes introduce vocabulary and grammar progressively. Do not worry about grammar, we will go through those contents slowly, and it appears in connection to the vocabulary and skills contents we are learning. Everything is understandable (and if someone does not understand something, it can be explained again ?).
- Introductions (knowing how to say what your name is, where you are from, what language you speak, ask how the other person is, you will start acquiring some basic vocabulary). We will begin learning about the pronunciation of the vocabulary of the unit.
- The Icelandic alphabet (we will advance in pronunciation). You will learn how to spell.
- Locations, school, partner, work, and daily activities.
- Numbers from 1 to 20 and amounts.
- Birthdays, months, ordinal numbers, seasons, and days of the week.
- The time (knowing how to say it and ask at what time something happens or at what part of the day).
- Work (professions, opinions), talk about what you or other people have done recently.
- Coffee, orders in bars, meals of the day, and vocabulary about food.
- Position in space, Icelandic at banks and plans.
- Health, the human body, emotional states, thermal sensation, buying at the pharmacy, getting an appointment at the doctor
Fernán González Domingo teaches this course. He holds a BA in Icelandic as a Second Language, an undergraduate degree as Specialist Teacher in Foreign Language (English), and an MA in Intercultural Communication, Interpretation, and Translation in Public Services (Spanish<>English). The Icelandic Ministry of Education certified Fernán in 2008 as a Primary school teacher (validation of his undergraduate degree from Spain as a teacher). He is also a sworn translator from Icelandic into Spanish.
Fernán has years of experience as a teacher both on his own and as an employee and has worked as a freelancer since 2012. He is also a translator and interpreter. He is always studying a language and learning about Second Language Acquisition to improve his training as a teacher. More information.
The course has 31 classes of 55 minutes and costs ISK 26,500 (or EUR 163.01).
ℹ All employees in Iceland are unionized, and most unions offer reimbursements for courses taken by their members. Ask your union to know about your situation and know how much you could receive before signing up for the course. If you need the invoices to have a particular format, let me know on the registration form so you can benefit from the training scholarships. The reimbursement can be up to 100% of the price of the course, so hopefully, money is not an obstacle for anyone who lives in Iceland and wants to learn Icelandic. If you live in another country, check with your union or other institution. You may be able to access some scholarship.
Students pay their materials. This course uses a textbook that students can consult electronically at no additional cost or print it for their comfort at home or in a copy shop (recommended).
- The course is paid in advance, and payment formalizes the reservation of a seat. Students will receive an invoice in their email as proof of payment as soon as the course is confirmed (when there are five students who have paid). Places are granted depending on who makes the reservation earlier (on a first-come, first-serve basis). For the course to start, five students must have formalized their registration. If there are fewer students than five, the teacher will ask the students if they would be satisfied with a smaller group and paying a supplement.
- Once the seat is reserved, there are no tuition refunds due to the fixed costs of the course, unless there are other students on the waiting list that formalize their registration. If the course has already started, the return of the tuition will be proportional to the unused part of the course if another person substitutes the person leaving the course.
- The teacher of this course is Fernán González Domingo, but in case of illness or due to professional or personal commitments, another teacher can replace him at those times. In case of no teacher being available, if the course’s dates need an extension, the teacher will try to find a solution taking into account the schedules of the students so that all students receive the classes they have contracted.
- Etiquette: out of respect for your classmates and the teacher, you are asked to attend classes alone in a room without noise and with the camera on. By default, all attendees have their microphones open to make questions when they want, as in a face-to-face classroom, but if there is noise, your microphone will be turned off (it will be reactivated when you need to ask something or participate; the virtual classroom has an option to raise your hand). If you are in a situation where this is not possible, the teacher offers private lessons that could better fit what you need. It is not allowed to photograph, copy/reproduce, record, or distribute the content of the classes. Failure to follow these instructions or being disrespectful to other students or the teacher may result in the expulsion of the student from that class or the course (no refund).