The online language course Icelandic Online received recognition for its contribution and support in maintaining the Icelandic language from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in a ceremony late last year. The program has now also been exported to the Faroe Islands where Faroese Online will be developed in collaboration with the University of the Faroe Islands.
The course is a collaborative project within the University of Iceland with the participation of the Centre for Research in the Humanities, the University’s Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies, the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, and the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages.
The course, which is open to all and is free of charge, has proven especially beneficial to international students but also those interested in the Icelandic language, both in Iceland and abroad, according to the University of Iceland.
The first Icelandic Online course was launched in 2004, whereas the latest, Icelandic Online 6, was released in 2013. Courses are interactive and based on the latest research in pedagogy for second/foreign languages online, as well as experience of teaching Icelandic as a second language at the University of Iceland. The curriculum is practical and covers vocabulary for daily life in Iceland, as stated on hi.is.
A related app is currently being developed by University of Iceland computer science students.