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NORW 201 A: Second-Year Norwegian

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 10:30am - 11:20am
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Andy Meyer
Andy Meyer

Syllabus Description:

NORWEGIAN 201A—Fall 2019

When: MTWTh, 10:30a – 11:20a
w/ required listening/viewing activities on Fridays

Where: Online / Zoom / Canvas

Instructor: Dr. Andy Meyer (

Office hours: TTh, 9:00a – 10:00a, via Zoom


Tekster / Texts

Læreverk / Textbook (Required)

Nyttige ordbøker / Useful dictionaries

Andre  ressurser / Other resources

Kursets mål / Course Objectives

Velkommen til norsk 201! During this three-quarter sequence, you will review, remember, and strengthen the skills, grammar, and vocabulary you developed during your first year of Norwegian (or elsewhere). From there, you will move further into the language, practicing more complex grammar, deepening your vocabulary, polishing your pronunciation, and sharpening your ability to express yourself both in speaking and in writing, as well as your ability to read and listen to written and spoken Norwegian more readily. Ultimately, by the end of the year, you should be able to 1) read simple but increasingly complex texts, e.g., news articles, folk tales, and short novels, confidently; 2) speak with reasonable improvisation about various non-expert topics one might encounter in daily human experience; 3) write clear, thoughtful essays in bokmål, and 4) have a basic sense of the variations and dialects in modern Norwegian.

Nettsida / Course website

For the COVID-19 moment,  all communication, grading, and assignments will happen via Canvas and Zoom. Various supplementary materials and resources will be posted on the Canvas home page as we progress.

Evaluering / Evaluation

Participation —30%: Participation in discussions and collaboration is essential to your success in this course, especially since we will be meeting remotely. You must come to synchronous class meetings on time and prepared. You'll be expected to use your voice in Norwegian during each of those meetings. But, in the effort to truly improve your grasp of the language, not all participation is equal; participate as boldly as you can! Be unafraid of making "mistakes" openly: they are valuable!

Essay—10%: You will write and revise one essay in Norwegian during the quarter. (1,5 – 2 pages)

Presentations—20%: You will perform two presentations during the quarter (5 – 7 minutes) via Zoom. The topics will be taken from news and/or other cultural realities we encounter. 

Tests—20%: Tests will be completed after each chapter or in order to review the material.

Homework / Exercises—20%: There will materials to read and prepare from the Sett i gang 2 textbook and/or exercises from for each class. Supplementary worksheets and activities (e.g., short writings, dictations, translations, etc.) will be provided via Canvas.

Forventninger / Expectations

* Vær tilstede. / Be present.
Attend all regularly scheduled class meetings via Zoom. Avoid unexcused absences by communicating with me in advance. Then we can make a plan to help you keep up your practice.

* Forbered deg til timen. / Prepare yourself for class.
Arrive at each class meeting having read, and contemplated that day’s reading, and/or completed that day’s assignments or exercises. Please feel free to ask me any questions about how to read well or annotate, or about assignments—or visit me during office hours!
Late work: Unexcused late work submitted up to 48 hours after it was due will be accepted for a reduced grade. After 48 hours, it will get a zero. Again, communication is key.

* Delta. / Participate.
Participation is absolutely the key to learning a language. Along with it comes a whole lot of failure (some of it seems embarrassing at first, but it is a fundamental part of learning; I have some great stories of my own failures if you need inspiration). Alongside of assigned oral presentations and other co-curricular events, you will be expected to take daily risks and try to use your voice in Norwegian among your peers in class discussions and other in-class contexts.

* Les og snakk norsk hver dag. / Read and Speak Norwegian every day.
To get the most out of a college language class, you have to find a way to expose yourself to Norwegian every single day, even if it’s just 10 minutes. Often, there will be formalized assignments that ensure this, but when there is not, it is your responsibility to find ways to practice (e.g., listen to an NRK dagsnytt; watch a bit of a show on NRK and write down what you understand; make an appointment with me to chat a bit; etc.).

Moreover, a very important part of learning Norwegian today is understanding Norway today, so a lot of our work will also expose us to historical and contemporary Norwegian culture and Norwegian social and political issues by way of group research and creative projects alongside individual exams and quizzes.

* Erklæring om inkludering / Statement of Inclusivity
In this class, we affirm the diversity of our beings, personalities, perspectives, backgrounds, racial identities, ethnicities, gender identities & expressions, sexualities and sexual orientations, and political, religious, and cultural values as central to our community and to our practice. Human identity is the result of innumerable forces of experience, time, and culture on each individual, and it is the very reason our world is interesting, it is the reason we fight for a world built on dignity and respect. As we study Norwegian we will practice thinking, listening, discussing, disagreeing, agreeing, and encountering our differences with respect and care for each other, both those in the class and those without.

* Religious Accommodations
Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy (

Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (

* Access and Accommodations
If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.

If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires reasonable accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or

* Academic Advising
If you have questions about declaring a major/minor, choosing courses, studying abroad, accessing UW resources, succeeding in classes, or generally thinking more out your academic plans, the SCAND undergraduate adviser, Kim Kraft ( would be happy to discuss possibilities with you. 

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Catalog Description: 
Intensive practice in speaking, reading, and writing. Functional review of grammar. First in a sequence of three.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
June 28, 2020 - 9:16pm