The students are first and foremost taught in Norwegian language, but the cultural subjects of history and social science are also represented in the teaching. The teaching is divided into four different sessions every day, and every session lasts for about one hour.

The students at Norgesskolen are between 9 and 18 years old, and have very varied knowledge of Norwegian. Therefore, the classes are divided based on age and knowledge of the Norwegian language. We want all of the students to experience both a sense of achievement as well as challenges. To teach at Norgesskolen is a very exciting and fun experience. Our teachers are focused on creating a safe environment for the students in the classroom, with great variation in the teaching.

Every year Norgesskolen chooses a theme for the school. The theme creates a frame for the teaching, and is implemented in different ways

We offer preparation classes for the Bergenstest.

Bergenstesten is a test in oral and written Norwegian language proficiency. Bergenstesten is required to attend Norwegian higher education. We offer the class for the oldest students with good oral and written competencies in Norwegian.
 
The students preparing fo the Bergenstest will use exercises that are similar to those of Bergenstesten coverin both questions for the oral and written parts of the test. The teaching and the assignments will follow the themes stated in Norgesskolen’s competency goals. In the beginning of week three, those who wish will be given the opportunity to take a practice test. This will be a previously given exam from Bergenstesten, so that you know what to expect from the real test. Please note that this will just be the written part of the test. We schedule it for one day, and those who take the test will receive feedback in writing.
 

Competency goals

 
At Norgesskolen, we use the following competency goals, which are taken from the Norwegian curriculum for basic Norwegian language training for minorities. We primarily use levels 1 and 2. We also have a variety of themes to which the children are introduced. As the language abilities of our students vary greatly, we adjust the teaching to an individual level, and provide the challenges the students need to improve their Norwegian. Our primary goal is to be a school where the students learn Norwegian both in and out of class.
 

Level 1

Listening and speaking

  • Understanding simple messages
  • Introducing themselves, asking and answering questions related to their own person, family, actions, events and objects from their close surroundings
  • Participating in simple conversations, asking what various things are called and what various words mean, and stating whether or not they understand and asking for help
  • Vocalizing Norwegian speech sounds: vowels, consonants, consonant combinations and diphthongs
  • Expressing their own feelings, thoughts and desires with the assistance of the teacher or fellow students, or by playing. 

Reading and writing

  • Filling out simple forms with personal information
  • Reading simple sentences, and understanding the main message of the sentence
  • Writing simple sentences and messages, such as postcards, e-mails to parents, etc.  
  • Writing down the names of familiar items seen in illustrations, such as food, clothing, activities
  • The students will write songs to perform in the recital with the help of students of differing levels of Norwegian

Language learning

  • Experimenting with speech sounds, words and expressions
  • Learning new everyday words
  • Using drawings, pictures, music and movements as aids to understanding words and simple text
  • Comparing speech sounds, words and expressions in the mother tongue to the same in Norwegian
  • preparation for the school’s recital through singing and acting practice

Language and culture

  • Talking about the content of some fairy tales, songs
  • Learning about Norwegian traditions such as outdoor activities, Christmas and the 17th of May
  • Learning about some basic parts of Norway’s history, and how the Norwegian society works

 

We will work with the following themes:

 
  • Yourself and your family
  • Time and numbers
  • Activities/What do you like to do/Everyday life/In the classroom/In school
  • Food and drink
  • (The senses) The human body and emotions
  • Clothing
  • Seasons and weather
  • Leisure
  • Traditions: Outdoor activities, Christmas and the 17th of May
  • Telemark
  • Rjukan and the heavy water sabotage
  • What is typically Norwegian?

Level 2

Listening and speaking

  • Enunciating clearly
  • Expressing their personal opinions
  • Describing themselves, their family, friends, leisure time, school, working life and local environment
  • Receiving and giving information and messages in a variety of situations
  • Talking with and asking questions of their fellow students concerning key topics and events in everyday life
  • Talking about the content of films and literary texts
  • Summarizing the gist of dramatized or illustrated oral presentations and narratives
  • Conducting planned presentations by means of role play, drama, recitation or interview

Reading and writing

  • Reading and understanding different types of text
  • Finding and repeating, in their own words, information in specific technical texts
  • Using basic rules of punctuation
  • Expressing their own feelings and opinions in what they write
  • Writing simple texts, stories and letters
  • Using digital media for language learning and for getting information
  • The students will write songs to perform in the recital with the help of students of differing levels of Norwegian

Language learning

  • Describing and assessing their progress in learning Norwegian
  • Using basic rules for writing correct sentences and coherent text
  • Understanding the basic rules of Norwegian grammar; nouns, verbs, pronouns, prepositions and adjectives
  • Preparation for the school’s recital through singing and acting practice

Language and culture

  • Talking about key persons and actions in a selection of fictional texts and texts taken from everyday life
  • Telling about some local and key Norwegian personalities, places and events
  • Learning about Norwegian traditions such as outdoor activities, Christmas and the 17th of May
  • Learning about some basic parts of Norway’s history, and how the Norwegian society works

 

We will work with the following themes:

  • How the Norwegian society works: system of government, school system, etc.
  • Norwegian literature, music and other cultural aspects
  • Norwegian geography
  • Norwegian history
  • The Norwegian school system
  • Traditions: Outdoor activities, Christmas and the 17th of May
  • Telemark
  • What is typically Norwegian?