Norwegian Language for Foreign Students level I

NOR10 Norwegian Language for Foreign Students level I

Vår 2024

Høst 2024
  • Topics

    This is a beginner course in Norwegian and an introduction to Norwegian language and culture. The course focuses on everyday language use. In addition, selected topics about the Norwegian culture and society are presented. The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is an integrated part of the course design, activities, and assessment. Nor10 does not require any prior knowledge of Norwegian and aims for students to reach A1 by the end of the course.

    Level: A1

  • Learning outcome

    On successful completion of the course you 


    • have knowledge of the Norwegian language and grammar
    • have knowledge of the Norwegian culture and society


    • can talk about, and ask questions about everyday life
    • can talk about past events and plans for the future 
    • can read and understand short texts
    • can write short texts with a basic vocabulary

    General competence

    • Basic understanding of Norwegian, equivalent to A1

  • Teaching

    The course is focused on student-active learning. The lectures are a combination of presentations, group work and exercises, oral and written practice, as well as conversation classes. Oral exercise is a very important part of the course and active participation is a prerequisite.

  • Restricted access

    This course is reserved for students with no or little prior knowledge of the Norwegian language. 

  • Compulsory Activity

    • One individual written assignment
    • Two grammar tests

    The activities will be given throughout the semester and must be handed in by the appointed date (made public at the start of term). All elements will be graded as approved/not approved. All elements must be completed in the same teaching semester.

  • Assessment

    The assessment consists of two parts: a school exam and an oral exam

    1. Digital school exam, three hours (50%)

    The students will be assessed individually.

    2. Oral exam (50%)

    20 minutes group dialogues. The size of the groups depend on the overall number of students. Each student will be assessed individually. 

    An assessment in NOR10 will not be organised in the the non-teaching semester. As of autumn 2023, only mandatory bachelor courses with an individual assessment will have an assessment in the non-teaching semester. This only applies to students with a valid course approval. The retake options that apply at all times are decided by the dean for the bachelor program and will be published in the course description.

  • Grading Scale

    Pass / Fail

  • Literature

    Vårdal, K., Lønvik, E. S., Molde, E. B., Myrvold, P., Saarik, K. (2021): Byen er Bergen. Introduksjon til norsk språk A1-A2. Rask progresjon. Fagbokforlaget. 

  • Permitted Support Material

    No support material permitted.


Norwegian and English

Spring and autumn. Will be offered spring 2024.

Course responsible

Universitetslektor Kari Johanne Oma, Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication.