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Icelandic as a second language: university students’ experiences

Icelandic as a second language: university students’ experiences

Title: Icelandic as a second language: university students’ experiences
Author: Benediktsson, Artem Ingmar   orcid.org/0000-0002-6435-7485
Ragnarsdottir, Hanna   orcid.org/0000-0002-8878-7498
Date: 2020-06-23
Language: English
Scope: 1-20
University/Institute: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: School of education (UI)
Menntavísindasvið (HÍ)
Series: Tímarit um uppeldi og menntun;29(1)
ISSN: 2298-8408
DOI: 10.24270/tuuom.2020.29.1
Subject: Higher education; Second language; Teaching methods; Qualitative research methods; Icelandic; Íslenska sem annað mál; Háskólanám; Kennsluaðferðir
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1908

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Benediktsson, A. I., & Ragnarsdóttir, H. (2020). Icelandic as a second language: University students’ experiences. Tímarit um uppeldi og menntun, 29(1), 1–20. https://doi.org/10.24270/tuuom.2020.29.1


The aim of this paper is to present and analyze how university students experience teaching methods of Icelandic as a second language and communication with teachers during the learning process. The theoretical framework includes multicultural education theory and second language teaching and learning theories. The findings are based on qualitative interviews with twelve students who study Icelandic as a second language at the University of Iceland. The analysis of the interviews revealed that the participants were generally satisfied with the learning environment and had positive experiences of communication with the majority of the teachers. Nevertheless, the participants described themselves as being rather passive recipients of knowledge in the courses where explicit teaching of grammar was applied, and lacking active participation in the learning process. Additionally, the participants encountered several challenges during the learning process such as issues related to task-based and group assignments and, in some cases, teachers lacked understanding of different students’ needs, such as that of providing extra learning materials.


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