UiO free introduction to Norwegian course !

Seems to come round every year but I just thought I'd post it in case anyone is interested! The upcoming course starts on the 3rd of September 2018, runs for 4 weeks and requires 5 hours a week.

Here's more information if anyone wants it!

August 14, 2018


Sounds interesting, thanks for posting! =)

Does anybody around here have any experience with this course? What kind of lessons does one get? Instructions in written form? Pre-recorded videos? Real-time video? Are those 5 hours weekly for reading/learning vocabulary? Doing assignments? What kind of assignments? Is it useful if you have already finished the Norwegian tree? =) Just wondering... (couldn't find the answers to those questions on their site)

August 14, 2018

It is a nice course, any level can join in, really. It starts from the basics, there are recorded videos with actors (mostly university students) which cover the basic vocab through situations. There are videos on pronunciation and some grammar. It's not required to do the course real-time, you can join in later if you like. There are advantages of real-time learning though, the comment section is more alive and you can learn a lot from your peers and the course-makers as well. There is also a live QA session at the end of every week when they answer questions through live broadcast, if I remember well. I did it a long time ago, in last January i guess, it must have been the first ever round. I can see you are level 25 rn, so you might find it a bit slow or too detailed but the situations are definitely worth watching, as they are totally different than anything you'd find on duolingo. The 5 hours/week applies only for absolute beginners though, higher levels can run through the tasks more quickly.

August 15, 2018

Not to argue here but just one point of difference: the latest run of the course, wrapping up just now, did not use truly "live" Q&A after each week. One of the two instructors did record a video to wrap up each week, and she definitely waited to do it until the students had finished the course material for the week, because she referred to their work with specific examples shown in these weekly review videos. But future students should know that there is no guarantee of any live interaction. On the other hand, there is very often lively discussion between students in the discussion posts attached to each and every page of the course, so that is useful and fun.

September 30, 2018

Hei !! This is what it says on the email they’ve sent me: “All FutureLearn courses take place online, through a mixture of videos, articles, quizzes, discussions and assignments. You can access them on desktop, tablet or mobile.

Once a course starts, you can learn whenever you like, at a pace that suits you. You don’t need to be online at a certain time and all materials stay available after the course ends.”

So that seems to be more general but I assume the Norwegian course follows the same guideline ! There’s also this faq link for further info:

It is introductory so that makes me think that maybe you already know the stuff they’re going to teach if you’ve finished the Norwegian tree but who knows, it’s free so you might find it useful anyway !

August 15, 2018

Thanks esthof and valleklesse for the extra information! I'm aware some (maybe even most) information may be familiar, but even refreshing some old stuff is worthwhile and any new information is welcome so I've decided to signup as well =)

Curious as to what the lessons may bring, and might see you and other subscribers in this thread over there =)

August 21, 2018

I took the course a few weeks ago and I have enjoyed it very much.

August 15, 2018

This sounds like so much fun. Thank you so much for this post!

August 15, 2018

Does anyone know how frequently new courses begin? I won't have the available time to dedicate for this round but would love to take part sometime soon

August 15, 2018

Are you looking for the key to the Scandinavian Model? Or a troll to marry?

This is what intrigues me most! :-) :-) :-) Yes, I will (but later; unfortunately, I won't have enough time in September).

Thanks for sharing, valleklesse!

August 15, 2018

I'm working through the course at the moment and I'm really enjoying it! The videos with the student actors are entirely in (slow and clear!) Norwegian, with a choice of Norwegian or English subtitles. I've been pleasantly surprised by how much I could I understand with norsk subtitles on, just from duolingo.

August 16, 2018

Just sign-up. Thanks D

August 15, 2018

Thank you for posting this, I signed up!

August 19, 2018

I just finished this course and found it pleasurable, useful, helpful, though ultimately it could not do nearly as much to advance my Norwegian abilities at the level I've reached with Duo. If I were only about 20 to 40 hours into Duolingo's Bokmål course, the UIO course would have been spot on. Instead I'm over 100 hours in, tree finished and most skills at levels 3 and 4 out of 5, and so the UIO course was not (and should not be, since it's a beginner class) able to add all that much.

However, their video content was a truly helpful addition to my listening comprehension in spoken Norwegian, and interacting with classmates brought out a bunch more nuances and blind spots in everyone's grammar and conversation abilities that I'm sure we all didn't expect. The overall experience was great, and it's free, so no risk.

September 30, 2018
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