What is the course about?
This course aims to strengthen your elementary knowledge of Icelandic. You will learn new structures and vocabulary relating to different topics in order to be able to express yourself in everyday situations.
What will we cover?
In addition to consolidating what you have learnt so far, the primary focus is on being able to talk about past events. We will study the past simple tense (of both weak and strong verbs), the past continuous and the present perfect.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• talk about what you´ve been doing in the last few days
• talk about past events such as birthdays, holidays and historical events
• express certainty and probability
• read and understand short texts written in the past tense
• make a distinction between the use of að vera búin/n að and the present perfect
• use the present perfect tense to talk about what you have and haven´t done
• use the present perfect to talk about life events
• use time references (e.g. "2 weeks ago", "for 3 days").
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed the first year of Icelandic or have an equivalent knowledge.
You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, using the 24 hour clock, reading timetables). It would also be helpful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The lessons are based on the communicative approach. The emphasis is put on speaking and listening. There will be pair and group work as well as role-plays. Audio-visual techniques will be included whenever appropriate. Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Icelandic 2: module 2.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details