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 quickly solve their questions 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 isn’t easy to keep your attention for such a long time and make good use of the following classes. Concentration drops after 40 minutes.
The course also 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. 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 March 1st, 2021.
🔴 Deadline to register and pay: February 22nd. Secure your spot 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 five students to start. There’s a maximum of 10 attendants.
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 18:00 to 18:55 CET/CEST (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. Important: on March 28th, Spain changes its time to Central European Summer Time (CEST). This means classes after that date will be at 16:00-16:55 for those in Iceland. If you want to know what time it is in another timezone, you can check it out here.
If you are at work at that time, ask your supervisor if it is possible to attend classes then. From experience with other students, I know that many employers in Iceland are willing to allow some flexibility or that lessons become part of the work schedule. Many employers are interested in you learning Icelandic.
Dates for the Icelandic course: From March 1st to May 17th (approximately, until we complete the 28 lessons).
Note: the time of reference is Spanish time, which is already winter time when the course starts and changes to summer time on March 28th. Depending on the country where you live, there may be time changes as well, maybe on the same dates or no time changes at all. Keep that in mind when you sign up. There are no time changes in Iceland, which means the course starts with a one-hour difference and finishes with two hours of difference from the Spanish time.
Contents and competences in Icelandic II:
The course’s aim is that you know enough Icelandic to feel comfortable in a series of daily life situations. 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 🙂).
- Recap of Icelandic I with introductions (knowing how to say what your name is, where you are from, which languages you speak, your job, etc.) Describing people.
- Home. Vocabulary about housing. Describing the different parts of a home, furniture, etc. Expressing where objects are in space. Shopping. Numbers up to billions (thousands of millions). Salaries.
- Work and daily routines. Timetables. Word order in sentences. Weekends. Keeping a journal.
- Direction and movement. Invitations. The weather. Seasons.
- Interests and hobbies. Mood, feelings, and sensations.
- Service in food shops, clothes shops, gas stations, and repair shops. Objects. Asking for permission.
- Holidays. What’s allowed and not. Wellbeing. Expressing discomfort. Medical symptoms. Getting an appointment at a health clinic. Notifying your workplace about sick days. Vocabulary for the workplace.
- Trips and plans. Timetables and frequencies. Opening a bank account. Answering the phone.
- Recap and self-assessment.
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, on his own, and as an employee. He 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 28 classes of 55 minutes and costs ISK 25,500 (or EUR 163.88).
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 course price, 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 scholarships.
Students pay for their materials. This course uses a textbook students can consult electronically at no additional cost or print it for their comfort at home or in a copy shop (recommended).
- Students pay for the course 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 five students 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 course’s fixed costs unless other students on the waiting list formalize their registration. If the course has already started, the tuition return will be proportional to the course’s unused part 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 must attend classes alone in a quiet room and with your camera on. By default, all attendees have their microphones open to make questions when they want, as in a face-to-face classroom. However, 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 classes’ content. Failure to follow these instructions or disrespect other students or the teacher may result in the student’s expulsion from that class or the course (no refund).