A record four hundred people have signed up for Icelandic as a second language at the University of Iceland this fall, RÚV reports. Enrollment in Icelandic as a second language has increased in recent semesters, and the university has not been able to meet the increased demand.
The unversity’s online courses in Icelandic, icelandiconline.is, developed in 2010, have now been made available for smartphones, and a special online course has been created for immigrants..
Many students are enrolled in Icelandic in winter, but summer classes are also very popular and fill up quickly. Every day, 400-600 people study Icelandic using their smartphones. Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir reports that the interest is not limited to Iceland. “There is also a lot of interest in Icelandic lessons, organized by the Sigurður Nordal Institution, at foreign universities.”
Icelandic Online has been widely used through the years and has had a total of 45,000 active users. A third of those have been in Iceland. The online classes are free of charge. Thanks to the those, prospective immigrants can start learning Icelandic before they arrive in the country. You can check out the online classes here.