Alfaskolen online: A quick guide

Alfaskolen online: A quick guide

Curious about Alfaskolen’s online courses? Are you wondering how an online course works? If this is something for you, or if there are requirements before joining an online course? This page will give you the best practices and answers to questions you might have, so you can feel prepared and confident before your first class!  

Why Learn Norwegian Online with Alfaskolen? 

Learning Norwegian online offers unparalleled flexibility and convenience. You can study at your own pace, from any location, and tailor your learning experience to your individual needs. With Alfaskolen’s comprehensive online resources, you get the same quality of education as in-person classes, but with the added benefit of a flexible schedule.
Moreover, online learning fosters a global community where you can interact with fellow students from different parts of the world, enriching your cultural understanding and language skills.

Understanding the Basics of Online Courses 

A virtual classroom works just like a physical classroom: with a teacher and other classmates!

Online courses function as virtual classrooms. Just like in a traditional classroom setting, there’s a teacher and students interacting in real-time.
The distinct advantage of online courses is their accessibility; students can participate from any location globally. This makes them ideal for those who travel often, live outside of Oslo, or those who enjoy studying from the coziness of their own homes.

Alfaskolen offers online courses for all levels: A0-A2, B1, B2 and C1! Look for the blue “online”-icon in the schedule.

Did you know? You can also book individual classes online! You will get the teacher’s full attention and can set the content, duration and timetable to your own preference. This is perfect for anyone looking to improve specific skills, or prefer to create their own schedule. Read more about individual lessons here.

What do you need before joining an online class? 

Online Norwegian courses are taught virtually, therefore access to the following is crucial: 

Make sure your equipment is working properly before your online lessons!
  • A digital device, preferably a laptop or a tablet, for the best course experience. 
  • Stable internet connection to follow the course without interruptions. 
  • Your personal Alfaskolen student account; here you can find your class schedule and the meeting link. 

How do you attend Alfaskolen’s online Norwegian lessons?

Alfaskolen lessons are held through Zoom, an online video platform which students can use for free. The link to your course will be available in your Alfaskolen student profile.  

We recommend downloading Zoom before your first class. You can join the meeting without downloading it, but the functionality may be limited. If you are new to Zoom you can learn more about joining a virtual meeting on Zoom here.

How to prepare for an online lesson 

As a student at Alfaskolen, active participation is a cornerstone of the learning experience. Being prepared and ensuring that your equipment is in working order not only enhances your learning but also ensures a smooth and interactive class for everyone. Therefore, it’s essential to adhere to the following guidelines:

Find yourself a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed.
  • Always aim to be ready at least 10 minutes before the online course starts. This gives you ample time to troubleshoot any technical issues and settle in before the lesson begins.
  • Make sure your camera is functional and turned on during the class. Visual interaction fosters a more engaging and collaborative environment, making the learning experience more like a physical classroom setting.
  • Check that your microphone is working and is only picking up your voice. This prevents background noises from disrupting the class and ensures that when you speak, you are heard clearly. It’s also a good practice to have a quiet environment free from distractions. This not only benefits you but also shows respect to your teacher and fellow students.
  • Lastly, familiarize yourself with the platform’s basic features, such as muting/unmuting and turning the camera on/off. This will help you navigate the class seamlessly.

During the online course: 

During the online course, just as in traditional classroom settings, it’s crucial to be considerate of both your classmates and teacher. If, for any reason, you need to have your camera turned off, it’s polite to inform your teacher in advance. Imagine trying to teach a classroom of empty squares!

Additionally, to prevent any disruptions, if there’s potential for background noise in your environment, it’s advisable to use headphones or simply mute yourself when you’re not actively speaking. This ensures a smooth and respectful learning experience for everyone involved. 

What about homework and self-study? 

Alfaskolen’s online courses are designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience, and a significant part of that is the virtual learning resource. Before starting their first class, every student is granted access to this platform with a unique username and password.

This dedicated platform is not just a list of your assignments; it’s a holistic learning environment. Here, you’ll find your homework assignments, extra materials, and interactive exercises. Moreover, the platform allows your teacher to monitor your progress, ensuring that you’re on track and benefiting from the course. It’s essential to make the most of this resource, especially since access is limited to the duration of your course.

Study from the comfort of your own home!

While the course is primarily digital, and there’s no requirement for physical textbooks, it’s always a good idea to keep traditional study tools at hand. A notebook or a simple pen and paper can be useful for jotting down notes, questions, or observations during the class.

In conclusion, Alfaskolen’s online courses are tailored to offer a seamless and enriching learning experience. If you’re ready to embark on your Norwegian learning journey, you can sign up for an online course here or log in to your existing account here. Dive in and discover the joys of learning Norwegian with Alfaskolen!

Student testimonials

“I have taken two courses at Alfaskolen, both virtual based, and both have been fantastic. Great learning environment, great teachers, great online learning platform that comes with the class. For someone who works a full time job and wants to learn Norwegian on top of that, they offer really good class times.
Would highly recommend.” -Olivia, USA