The Language Centre was founded in 2002. At that time, thirty years had passed since the teaching of Norwegian and Swedish had begun in Iceland. The teaching of Polish began in 2009. Thirty districts in the country cooperate in the running of the Language Centre.
The Language Centre is a service institute where
advice and assistance are provided to schools and districts throughout the country.
in-house classes in Norwegian, Polish and Swedish to students in Reykjavík.
on-line classes in Norwegian, Polish and Swedish for students within and outside the metropolitan area are also on offer.
Basic knowledge of the languages is a requirement of students of the Language Centre. They need to understand spoken Norwegian, Swedish or Polish quite well, and also be able to read texts in the languages relative to their age group and make themselves understood in the spoken language. In-house teaching in these languages is intended for students in seventh and eighth grades in the nearby towns of Garðabær, Hafnarfjörður, Kópavogur, Mosfellsbær and Seltjarnarnes, and comprises two classroom hours a week.
The centre of in-house teaching is Laugalækjarskóli, but each language is also taught in one to two other schools. Emphasis is on choosing schools that lie centrally to students‘ homes and are convenient for mass transit.
On-line classes are offered in Norwegian, Swedish and Polish to students within and outside the metropolitan area. They are intended for students in ninth and tenth grade. Students are widely dispersed all over the country and commonly there are very few individuals studying the same languages in the same schools and in the same year. The teachers use quite varying communication technology with their students.
The Language Centre is an active partner of The Language Plaza and provides course materials and information on course organization and methods, as well as on the assessment methods in the languages.