Undergraduate Course: Foundation Icelandic Language 1 (ELCS07010)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This is a course for absolute beginners with no previous knowledge of Icelandic. It is designed to give a basic introduction to both the spoken and written language. The course is not suitable for students with previous knowledge of Icelandic. All students will take all elements of assessment, including the centrally arranged examination. Auditing (Class Only participation) is not permitted on any Foundation Language course, with no exceptions.
The island nation of Iceland lies halfway across the Atlantic Ocean on the edge of the Arctic Cricle. Discovered and settled by Scandinavian farming communities from Norway and Scotland during the Viking Age (c. AD 750-1050), it is the last country in Europe to be colonised by humans. With a location straddling the Mid-Atlantic Rift, Iceland's landscapes are as dramatic now as they must have seemed 1200 years ago. The swathes of green around the coast and its hinterland give way to a barren interior marked by the touch of fire and ice, typified by large expanses of volcanic ash, lava-fields and glaciers.
Something else which would still seem familiar to the early settlers of Iceland is its language. Icelandic is a Germanic language of West Scandinavian origin, but compared to the languages of mainland Scandinavia, it has changed little over the centuries. With a fully fledged case system and comprehensive series of grammatical inflections, it represents something of a linguistic fossil. It is as close to the language of the Vikings as any living language comes. Learning it will give you access the wealth of Icelandic literature and culture, both modern and medieval, and provide a gateway to the fuller understanding of the Icelandic landscape and people.
Over the course of 10 weeks, this course will introduce you to Icelandic pronunciation, help you take your first steps in understanding Icelandic grammar, and provide you with the tools you need to express basic wants and needs, and communicate in simple terms across a range of situations. You will also begin to develop a basic understanding of simple spoken language and texts, all as described in the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning level A1.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 38,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Exam 50 % (comprising a two-hour, centrally-arranged written examination)«br /»
Coursework 50 % (comprising assessment of attendance, participation, completion of and performance in regular homework (20%); A listening test (10%); A written class test (20%)) «br /»
All students take all elements of assessment, including the examination.
||Students will receive formative feedback on regular homework exercises, formative and summative feedback on class tests (listening and written), and summative feedback on the written examination.
Additional verbal feedback will be available on request.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Foundation Icelandic Language 1||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of familiar everyday expressions, such as simple, straightfoward questions eliciting personal information, and basic phrases aimed at addressing concrete needs, when spoken slowly and clearly, or encountered in very short, simple texts.
- Produce Icelandic language at a basic level both verbally and in writing, using short, simple phrases to introduce him/herself and others, and ask to and answer questions about personal details such as where s/he lives and people s/he knows.
- Produce texts on basic everyday activities; engage in listening comprehension, spoken and written language activities.
- Develop critical study skills to ensure the use of reliable language resources, whether printed or digital (e.g. bilingual dictionaries, grammar books, translation tools).
- Take responsibility for independent vocabulary acquisition and grammar study specifically; and engagement in Icelandic language activities outside of the classroom generally.
|Suggested reading materials include:|
* Learning Icelandic (Auður Einarsdóttir, et al., 2014. Reykjavík: Mál og menning)
* Exercises: Learning Icelandic Grammar Exercises (Guðrún Theodórsdóttir, 2008. Reykjavík: Mál og menning)
* Further reading/exercises/grammar reference: Colloquial Icelandic (Neijmann, Daisy, 2014. Abingdon: Routledge)
* Dictionary: Íslensk-ensk/ensk-íslensk vasaorðabók (2012. Reykjavík: Forlagið)
Suggested online materials (as at 22/08/18) include:
* Dictionaries: Snara.is (https://snara.is), University of Wisconsin Icelandic-English online dictionary (http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/IcelOnline/IcelOnline.TEId-idx?id=IcelOnline.IEOrd)
Further worksheets, written and av materials will be provided via the course LEARN page.
* Declension/conjugation reference: Beygingarlýsing íslensks nútímamáls (http://bin.arnastofnun.is/forsida/)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The students will be encouraged to develop positive study-habits which will be of use to them in other disciplines, particularly in the further development of Icelandic but also in the acquisition of other new languages. Where relevant, students will be able to continue their study of Icelandic in any other University at CEFR level A1+.
The students will acquire the following transferable skills in each element of the course:
The students will learn how to be accurate with unfamiliar orthography and this will teach them the value of care and precision.
b) Listening and Reading
The students will learn how to extract essential information from a simple body of unfamiliar written or spoken language, even though there might not be total comprehension. The students will develop the skill of using known material in these language sources to make appropriate deductions and informed guesses about the meaning of material that is new to them.
The students will develop the ability to progress from learned formulaic responses towards a more spontaneous generation of language.
The development of this creativity is one of the most important elements of language learning.
In addition to the specific skills mentioned in a) to c), students will learn the skills of using a dictionary intelligently, learning vocabulary systematically, and understanding the rules - and exceptions - of grammar.
|| This course is open to all students as a credit bearing course, or over and above their full credit load, as a non credit bearing course.
Auditing this course is not allowed. You must be enrolled as CE (Class and Assessment including centrally arranged exam).
DELC students may only take this course if it is over and above their full credit load, as a non credit bearing course.
Visiting students may only take the course for credits.
|Course organiser||Dr Alan MacNiven
Tel: (0131 6)50 3279
|Course secretary||Miss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646