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Undergraduate Course: Norwegian 1 (VS1) (ELCS08030)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityPart-year visiting students only
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn intensive course in spoken and written Norwegian for those with no previous knowledge of the language. Introduction to modern Norwegian literature and civilisation with selected texts.
Course description Velkommen til Norwegian 1 (VS1)! On this single-semester course in Scandinavian Studies you will learn to speak, understand, read and write some Norwegian language as well as learn the fundamental basics of the grammar, pronunciation and a fair amount of vocabulary. The course is mostly based on language but also covers selected aspects of Norwegian culture and civilisation, for example you will be doing a group presentation halfway through the semester, and you will write a short essay in English on a topic related to Norwegian culture.
By the end of the semester, the aim is to have reached CEFR level A1, as described in the learning outcomes.

Breakdown of Learning & Teaching Activities:
The teaching activities on this course have two different formats. Students attend two synchronous sessions per week (one with the whole class, and one tutorial lesson that is usually taught in two split groups), where students meet their tutor online or in person. The whole-class lesson will include discussion of grammar and other technical aspects of language production [Synchronous], while the smaller-group tutorial will focus on oral proficiency [Synchronous]. Other activities will be based on resources made available via the course Learn page, including written work, formal grammar teaching, video material, computer-assisted exercises, and links to articles from Swedish newspapers and magazines available on the Internet [Asynchronous]. Each week, you are expected to prepare for the synchronous sessions by completing the asynchronous preparation outlined in that week¿s instructions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEntry to any language course above introductory level is subject to a language test by the relevant subject area on arrival and at the discretion of the course organiser.
Available to students visiting in Semester 1 only. Students visiting for both Semesters should enrol on the 40-credit full-year variant ELCS08028.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Quota:  4
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 88, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 105 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%
Initial community building with online activities (formative)
Culture and civilisation presentation in English (groups or individual) (formative)
20% Culture: short essay in English (750 words)
40% Writing: Portrait (400 words total)
40% Oral: Oral submitted electronically with a recorded prompt (approx. 5 minutes per student)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and use everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs at a level consistent with CEFR A1, along with a broad understanding of some specific areas of Norwegian culture.
  2. Appraise straightforward spoken information about familiar and basic everyday topics, when people speak slowly and clearly, and written information identifying simple messages and specific basic details.
  3. Communicate with reasonable accuracy when introducing themselves and others, as well as asking and answering questions about basic personal details both orally and in writing.
  4. Show self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC Norwegian 1VS1
Course organiserMiss Anja Troger
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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