Published on 21/03/12 at 23:46:28 GMT by Redaksjonen
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) offers a free interactive online Norwegian language course to anyone who wants to learn Norwegian.
The NoW Webcourse is an online course in Norwegian entry level, where all the teaching aids are integrated on one site, free of charge. Now the course was developed at NTNU Norwegian by experienced instructors.
What you will learn The Learning goals are set in relation to the European Framework for Languages (CEF). Upon completion of the first part of the course, the student is to have competence comparable to CEF A1 level, while the second part equals CEF A2 level.
At A1 level the student should understand and use everyday expressions in such a way as to fill the simple, primary needs of daily life. Learners should be proficient enough to introduce themselves and others, to ask and reply to questions concerning details on place of residence, acquaintances and possessions. Students should be able to interact with a speaking partner if the latter speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help.
At A2 level the student should understand sentences and common expressions regarding areas of immediate concern, i.e. information pertaining the student her- or himself, family relations, shopping, local geography, studies or work. The student should be able to communicate in straightforward, routine speaking situations, meaning simple and direct exchange of information on well known, everyday matters. The student should also be able to describe in simple terms personal background, local environment and matters related to immediate needs.
Contents The course consists of texts, pictures, sound bites, short video clips, podcasts, word lists, grammar, interactive exercises and instructions on pronunciation; all accessible at one single site. The texts follow four foreign students arriving and getting settled in Trondheim and beginning their studies at the NTNU. Each chapter in Part 1, then, consists of four main texts that focus on the four students, while Part 2 has a somewhat freer structure. Every chapter is supplemented by the following sub-chapters: - Grammar: specific grammatical phenomena in a simple presentation which does not require specific grammar skills from the reader. - Pronunciation: short descriptions of focused topics related to the pronunciation of Norwegian. It also examines the relationship between writing and speech in Norwegian. - Listen and repeat: tasks of listening and pronunciation. - Responsibilities: interactive, self-correcting exercises. - Vocabulary: systematic information on vocabulary; inflection, pronunciation and translation of words used. The course contains lists of words on different levels; for the individual text, for each chapter and for the course in its entirety. - Extra material: Supplementary material in the form of short texts, podcasts, videos, etc.
The course is developed on the initiative of NTNU's management, and is a collaborative project between NTNU's leadership, the Faculty of Humanities and the Institute of Language and Communication Studies.
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