This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Norwegian Language and Culture is a full-time study programme for students for whom Norwegian is not their first language and who will study in Norway. Level 2 is the first course and provides an introduction to the forms, structures and phonology of the Norwegian language, as well as knowledge about society and culture. Admission requirements/prerequisites for enrolment in level 2 are documented knowledge at A2 level (see prerequisites). Successful completion of the exam qualifies students to progress to level 3, which is Norwegian at a higher level. The teaching language is Norwegian.

The objective of this course is to expand the students’ knowledge of Norwegian language and culture.

Learning outcome


Upon completing this course, the student will have knowledge of Norwegian phonology, grammar and vocabulary equivalent to a B-1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The student will gain knowledge of the following topics within society and literature:


● the welfare state (health, school and work),
● housing and finance,
● geography, climate and environment,
● local and national industries,
● the multicultural Norway (including holidays and celebrations).


● a short self-selected book,
● Karius og Baktus,
● Norwegian folktales.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

● read and understand different texts,
● retrieve information from different texts,
● participate in conversations relating to the curriculum,
● take the initiative and express his/her own opinions in the Norwegian language,
● express him/herself verbally and in writing with a varied and functional vocabulary,
● have a language structure that does not hinder communication,
● speak with pronunciation that does not hinder communication,
● understand basic lectures in Norwegian,
● write short texts about topics from the curriculum literature.

General proficiency

The student will:

● be able to plan and complete basic work tasks and projects in Norwegian,
● be able to disseminate subject matter both in writing and verbally,
● be able to use Norwegian in everyday life and orientate him/herself in the local community,
● have an insight into relevant work forms in higher education in Norway.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Documented knowledge at A2 level (successful completion of written and oral Norwegian exam for migrants at A2 level, or the equivalent).


Written and oral exam
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/24 hoursPass - FailNorwegian-Norwegian dictionary.
Oral exam1/2 Pass - Fail
The course(s) ends with a written exam of 4 hours and an oral exam. The written and oral parts count 50/50 toward the final grade. Both parts of the exam have to be passed in order to be awarded an overall grade.

Coursework requirements

Obligatoriske øvinger
Compulsory exercises
Attendance at teaching sessions, excursions and group work is compulsory. Oral presentation of project work is also a work requirement for being able to sit the exam. Students who are absent more than 25% of the time and/or have not completed the work requirements, will not be permitted to sit the exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Unni Puntervold Pereira
Course teacher
Wenche Elisabeth Thomassen , Ann Elisabeth Laksfoss Cardozo
Programme coordinator
Karen Marie Espeland , Anne Siri Norland

Method of work

Emphasis is placed on teaching methods involving student participation with a focus on communication. The programme will consist of a combination of teaching in the classroom, computer room and language laboratory. Different forms of media will be used to enable all skills - listening, speaking, writing and reading - to be stimulated and developed.

The surroundings are used as a learning arena both to develop language skills and to gain knowledge about the local community. Several compulsory excursions are arranged during the study programme.

The students must regularly produce written work on specified topics. They are encouraged to work independently with the language learning and to continually evaluate their own efforts and progress.

Individual guidance can be provided if necessary.

Open to

The programme is open to students enrolled in Norwegian Language and Culture, Level 2.

Course assessment

Evaluations constitute a key part of the quality management system at UiS. The system at the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages includes student evaluation of the teaching.


Textbooks and workbooks in Norwegian as a second language - level 2.
(For example, Ellingsen, E. & Mac Donald, K. (2014). Stein på stein. Norsk og samfunnskunnskaper for norske innvandrere. Oslo: Cappelen Damm
Nilsen, G.K. & Gjerseth, I. (2012). Mer norsk. Oslo: Fagbokforlaget
Egner, T. (1958). Karius og Baktus. Oslo: Cappelen Damm
Norwegian folktales
A self-selected book
Selected authentic texts will be discussed during the semester.
A Norwegian-Norwegian dictionary
Recommended literature:
Mac Donald, K. & Mac Donald, M. (2013). Exploring Norwegian Grammar. Oslo: Cappelen Damm.
Mac Donald, K. (2009). Norsk grammatikk. Norsk som andrespråk. Oslo: Cappelen Damm

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 15.12.2019