Curriculum for mother tongue teaching for language minorities (NOR8-01)

Main subject areas

The curriculum for mother tongue teaching for language minorities is a level-oriented plan not related to age. The competence aims are described for three levels and are largely based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which describes and defines six different language levels, from beginners’ level (A1) to advanced level (C2), and what skills and knowledge of languages are associated with each level.

The curriculum for mother tongue teaching for language minorities is structured into four main subject areas, with competence aims formulated for each area. Except for the main subject area Language and culture, the main subject areas Listening and speaking, Reading and writing and Language learning were largely prepared with a basis in the first three levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1, A2 and B1).

The main subject areas complement each other and must be viewed in relation to one another. Pupils who follow this curriculum may be at different levels when the teaching begins, and it may take some longer than others to reach the competence aims, depending on their previous knowledge of their mother tongue.

This subject is a common core subject for all the upper secondary education programmes. Learning in this subject shall therefore be made as relevant as possible for pupils by adapting each subject to its education programme as much as possible.

Overview of main subject areas

Main subject areas

Listening and speaking

level 1

level 2

level 3

Reading and writing

level 1

level 2

level 3

Language learning

level 1

level 2

level 3

Language and culture

level 1

level 2

level 3

Listening and speaking

The main subject area Listening and speaking concerns oral communication in one’s mother tongue – that is, using the language orally in a variety of situations and when working with different subjects. A key aspect of this main subject area is the development of concepts and vocabulary.

Reading and writing

The main subject area Reading and writing concerns developing reading and writing skills. It also covers text comprehension and text production within a variety of genres. Working with literary, technical and composite texts in one’s mother tongue is also included in this main subject area. Key elements are promoting the love of reading and experience in reading literary texts.

Language learning

The main subject area Language learning includes knowledge about one’s mother tongue and insight into one’s own language learning. The main subject area is about knowing the language as a system and being able to choose strategies and work methods that are appropriate for learning the language. A comparative perspective of one’s mother tongue and Norwegian is also an integral part of this main subject area.

Language and culture

The main subject area Language and culture is about looking at language and literature from a historical and international perspective. Also included is an awareness of appropriate language use in a variety of social contexts.

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