One year of Modern Icelandic instruction was added to the department’s language curriculum in Fall 2015 on a pilot basis, thanks in part to partial financial support from our Institute of European Studies on the Berkeley campus. Going forward it will be offered more infrequently than the other Nordic languages (please contact the Department Chair if you are interested since that helps in our planning). When it is taught, the instruction uses a multi-skill approach (speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing) in a communicative setting. For those interested primarily in Old Norse reading skills, the department suggests instead the two-semester introduction to the medieval language (Scandinavian 101A and 101B), which is taught regularly every year.
When taught, Icelandic 1A is scheduled in Fall and Icelandic 1B in Spring. Each of the classes is taught three times per week.