The Norwegian classes

The students are primarily taught the norwegian language, but culture, history and social science are also vital parts of the curriculum. The teaching is divided into four daily sessions, each session lasting for about 50 minutes. The students also have a class where they focus on culture or do practical tasks like baking or making Christmas ornaments.

We adjust the teaching to the students individual level, so that they are comfortable, yet challenged. The norwegian language is taught both in the classroom as well as through all the activities they take part in. Attending Norgesskolen should be interesting and fun. Our teachers have long experience creating a good learning environment, with interesting variations in methods of teaching.

Educational topics
Some topics are repeated every year and some are unique. Every year we cover the following topics:

  • Norwegian traditions (outdoor activities, celebrating Christmas and May 17th)
  • Norwegian society (government, values, school system)
  • Norwegian history
  • Norwegian geography
  • Norwegian culture (litterature, music, film, food)

Theme 2018
We choose one topic that we study in depth. The theme for 2018 is Norwegian popular culture The main theme provides a context both for the language classes and the various activities, and is studied through music, litterature, film, sports and art. The students also discuss differences in popular culture between the countries.

Preparations for Bergenstesten
We offer our students a chance to prepare for Bergenstesten. Bergenstesten is an official test in oral and written norwegian language proficiency, required to attend Norwegian higher education. The actual test can be taken three times a year, and is offered only by Folkeuniversitetet. We recommend to study their website for more information.

The oldest students (15-18 years) with good overall competencies in norwegian, are offered to prepare for the test at Norgesskolen. These preparations are afternoon classes, and comes in addition to the regular classes. To offer these classes, we need a minimum of five students signed up.

The students prepare for questions similar to those of Bergenstesten, covering both the oral and written part.  The curriculum follows the competency goals of Norgesskolen. One of the last days of school, the students have the opportunity to take a previously given original exam, in order to prepare. Please note that this will just be the written part of the test. Everyone taking the mock exam will receive a feedback in writing from the teacher.

Competency goals
The curriculum at Norgesskolen is based on the norwegian curriculum for linguistic minorities. It is an age independent and level based learning platform. Level 2 is higher than level 1. The students at Norgesskolen are between 9 and 18 years old, and have very different Norwegian language skills. Students are divided into groups depending on age and Norwegian language proficiency. The age groups are the following: 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18. The division may vary depending on the group of students. Please find a summary of the curriculum here.