Courses

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In 2014/15 we ran a series of test-courses based on a strategy that combines the system’s built-in self-control with the motivational power of group work plus a few “normal” classes in rather short modules. It has worked out well so that a number of learners at the moment have set off for a Greenlandic L2 beyond the first over-simplified sentences and we have seen the first few learners who actually use Greenlandic in their everyday life. This is highly gratifying so we continue to offer the same models to all interested students in Nuuk.

For definition of levels see beneath. To partake in the module courses you must be in a position to confirm the following:

  • Are you prepared to and is it realistic in your present life situation to work focused on the learning process 3-4 clock hours per week the approximately 4 months the module will be running?
  • Do you have a personal support t.i. either a Greenlander or a student more advanced than yourself? Please note that a support is not a language teacher but a person you feel safe enough with to test your less than perfect Greenlandic on and who is prepared to lend ears to you when you ill-treat the language and help you on when your motivational level starts to go low.
  • Did you purchase the relevant DVD and are you or your employer prepared to pay the tuition fee of 1.700-3.000 DKK for teaching and examination per module?

Course taught in English

Most of our courses are taught in Danish. However, we regularly offer courses taught in English, too.

A beginners’ course taught in English will take place in Nuuk from January until June 2018. If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to mail@LearnGreenlandic.com.

Definitions of levels

The beginners’ course covers content like DVD Module 1 corresponding to 40 to 50 focused study hours.

Prerequisites: None. Objectives: (i) You will be able to pronounce known and unknown Greenlandic words easily including very long words (ii) (arduously) be able to recognize minor sound differences that distinguish between different meanings and (though arduously) somehow have learned to tell where words begin and end in normal speech (iii) learned to handle about half of the sound changes that work whenever stems morphemes and endings join and have obtained the first understanding for the principles that guide Greenlandic word formation (iv) learned to perceive and produce about 1,000 words many of which are built on place name stems since place names always are needed in the earliest stages of the learning process.

You can still join the beginner’s course taught in English. Please send an email to mail@learngreenlandic.com if you wish to attend the course.

 

The slightly experienced learners’ level covers content like DVD Module 2 Lessons 1-4.

Prerequisites: You do not stumple when reading all kinds of Greenlandic aloud (say, a head line in today’s paper Inuiattut Ullorsiorneq imatut nalliussineqassaaq). You can distinguish sound differences like annaasaq (something lost) vs. arnaasaq (womanish). You understand why one needs the mik-ending in the sentence Qaqortumik biileqarpunga and you can perceive and produce words like Paamiormiuuvunga including understanding for the rationale why the stem has changed from Paamiut to *Paamioq. Objectives: The module will first and foremost introduce you to the rather complicated but very frequent wordforms in the paticiple and contemporative moods. You meet them in about every second sentence you will ever hear in Greenlandic so there is very little real language you will be able to understand without them – and therefore very limited access to natural acquisition. So even though it is complicated there is no way to get round them.

This course conducted in English will only be taught if a sufficient number of participants sign up. Please send an email to mail@learngreenlandic.com if you wish to attend the course.

 

The more advanced learners’ level correspond to DVD Module 2 lessons 5-9.

Prerequisites: You understand readily that Piitap eqqaamavaa uanga *aallassallunga should have been aallassasunga and that Oqarfigivassi aqagu aallassallunga is correct. You also know how to handle phrases like Ilaat sulissanngillat and Nunap ilaani since you already understand the rather cumbersome part-of-something concept.

This course will only be conducted in Danish in 2017.

 

The advanced learners‘ level exceed the level on the dvd’s.

Later modules presuppose both DVD’s seriously worked though which under normal circumstances correspond to 2-300 focused study hours. You know how to use online tools like DAKA and oqaasileriffik.gl in your learning process and you are no longer totally lost in a monoligual, Greenlandic setting or meeting although you still cannot participate in a qualified manner without interpretor or the like.

This course will only be conducted in Danish in 2017.

Interested or in need of further information?

The courses are as already mentioned still in the experimental stage and will be filled according to the principle of first-come-first-served. Announce your interest in the registration form hereunder. You will among other things be asked if we may convey your information to peers but if you do not want us to mention your name we will simply register you as NN without mail address. Show your interest here!