Norwegian offers and tracks
Oslo VO offers courses of varying length and duration both during the day and at night. You cannot apply for a particular track or level, it is determined by testing at the Service Center when you register.
Participants in Oslo VO are a complex group where the participants have different mother tongues, different school backgrounds and different experience in using the written language as a tool for learning. The training is therefore organized in three tracks that are linked to different assumed progression.
Duration of Norwegian training
How long you spend on reaching a level depends on track / progression and the number of hours of teaching per week.
All Norwegian courses in Oslo VO follow the curriculum in Norwegian and social studies for adult immigrants where trace and levels in the training are described. The curriculum describes the levels of A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1.
Track 1 courses are for participants who have little or no education from their home country. The courses are in smaller groups, and all teaching is in Trondheimsveien 2.
Tracks 2 and 3
Tracks 2 and 3 courses are for participants who have completed primary/lower secondary or higher education. The teaching is in Dynekilgata 10.
Being at a level that follows the literacy module means that you have little knowledge of the writing language and how to use writing to learn. You have few strategies into your own learning and also need to develop different strategies for script decoding on the Latin alphabet. The alphabetization module provides knowledge of different text types, and various decoding strategies.
Being on an A1 level means you can read and understand familiar words and very simple sentences such as messages and simple forms. In everyday speech you can understand as long as it is spoken slowly and clearly about familiar and close topics. You can ask and answer simple questions related to your own person.
Being at an A2 level means you can read, understand, and render simple written information related to your privacy or job. You can answer and ask questions and keep simple conversations if the person you are talking to speaks slowly and about familiar topics.
Being at a B1 level in Norwegian means that you can present topics verbally and in writing, retelling with good vocabulary what texts are about, describing and justifying. You can write longer texts where you express opinions and justify them. You should be able to use digital tools to write CVs, applications and fill in relevant electronic forms. You can be active in and have continuous conversations about topics from work, school, home and leisure.
Being at a B2 level in Norwegian means that you have a good vocabulary related to your own daily life, in addition to your own subject area. You can give lectures on topics related to your own daily life, but also about politics, the environment and the media. You can give instructions and messages, and understand some Norwegian dialects. You should be able to critically evaluate texts and use different learning strategies as needed. You can write texts in various genres, such as minutes, abstracts and argumentative texts.
Participants with the right and obligation to Norwegian instruction can continue their training up to level B2 within the framework of the obligatory 600 hours. Training over B1 that takes place outside the 600 hours must be paid by the participant himself.
Being at a C1 level in Norwegian means that you can understand, render and discuss longer texts with demanding content, and analyze what the author wants to tell, including what is not clearly stated in the text. You have a good vocabulary and the language varies according to the purpose you have with texts and conversations. You master Norwegian grammar, and can write texts on topics that are not necessarily close to your own daily life and work. You have many and varied learning strategies and use them appropriately in acquiring new knowledge.