Norwegian Language Acquisition (NLA) is offered to students who are new to Norway or emergent learners still acquiring basic skills to access the mainstream Norwegian curriculum. The purpose for the NLA program is to allow students to build the basic comprehension and confidence needed in all four modes of communication (reading, writing, listening and speaking) as well as developing an appreciation for Norway’s cultural context. Students who demonstrate a capable proficiency begin to make transitions into the mainstream Norwegian classroom.
NLA students focus on learning to understand and express ideas about themselves and the world around them, by reading different types of texts, writing short descriptive accounts and listening to short videos. They explore basic vocabulary and language patterns in order to build sentences and express ideas and opinions in some familiar situations. Emergent learners talk about their daily routine, customs and traditions, describing people and their communities. They explore more challenging vocabulary and language patterns in order to build sentences and express ideas and opinions in more diverse situations.
The NLA teacher and homeroom teachers meet regularly to discuss the needs of students new to Norwegian.