93199 - Seminar: Icelandinc Language and Culture

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the seminar (activity strictly related to the objectives of the degree course) the student acquires specific skills and notions to deal with linguistic and / or philological and / or literary and / or historical and / or artistic issues and problems. The seminar aims to provide students with an introduction to the Icelandic language and culture, with particular reference to the development of basic communication skills.

Course contents

The Icelandic language and culture seminar is divided into a single cycle of 15 lessons and is aimed at absolute beginners. The seminar aims to expand the cultural education of the student interested in the Nordic world.

At the end of the seminar, the student will have the communication skills related to the A1 level of the parameters set by the Council of Europe, that is, "he / she understands and uses expressions of daily use and basic phrases aimed at satisfying needs of a concrete type. He / she knows how to present himself / herself and others and is able to ask and answer questions about personal details, such as the place where he / she lives, the people he / she knows and the things he / she owns. Interacts in a simple way, as long as the interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to collaborate ".

The seminar is divided into lessons during which the student will develop some communication skills in the Icelandic language through readings and exercises, conversations, etc. aimed at promoting active participation. The morphological, grammatical and syntactic aspects of Icelandic will be illustrated, as theoretical notions but also through authentic texts, to stimulate linguistic understanding in the reading process and build an essential vocabulary to be used in everyday life. The phonetic aspects will be addressed with the aid of audiovisuals and listening to CDs and music tracks.

The Icelandic language is certainly the most complex of the Germanic languages and its learning requires method and dedication, not just an impressionistic passion. Participation in the seminar is therefore recommended only for highly motivated students.


A. Einarsdóttir, G. Theodórsdóttir, M. Garðarsdóttir, S. Þorvaldsdóttir, Learning Icelandic, Reykjavík, Mál og menning 2001 (or any following edition), with exercises book.

Teaching methods

Part of the seminar will be taught by remote, another part in classroom with the opoportunity to follow by remote.

Assessment methods


Teaching tools

Multimedia material

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Zironi


Quality education

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.