Introduction class

Lørenskog offers an introduction class to children who do not speak Norwegian

Pupils in 1st and 2nd grade get this offer at their local school. They start in an ordinary class and receive an education adjusted for their needs.

Pupils in 3rd-7th grade are offered intensive education in Norwegian language in the introduction class at Åsen School. This is an offer for all newly arrived 3rd-7th grade pupils in Lørenskog no matter which their local school is. When the child comes to Lørenskog, his/her parents need to contact their local school and enroll their child. The local school alerts Åsen School about newly arrived pupils. At the first day of school in August the pupil goes to his/her local school to meet the other children there. From the second day s/he goes to Åsen School. If a child arrives in the middle of the school year they start directly at Åsen School, but are still enrolled at their local school.

The introduction class follows The curriculum for Basic Norwegian for language minorities and the focus is foremost on teaching Norwegian language and terms, but the pupils also learn mathematics, music and other practical and aesthetic subjects. Social studies and science are integrated into Norwegian classes. The education is to a large extent adjusted for the needs of the individual student.

The children usually stay in the introduction class for about a year. If they don’t know the Latin alphabet or the education in their home country has been insufficient they may stay in the introduction class for a maximum of two years. After attending the introduction class for about six weeks, the children start attending their local school one day a week. This continues for the rest of the school year. The purpose is to give the children local friends and help them develop their language skills. The introduction class at Åsen School is still responsible for their education.

The last few years there have been 15-20 pupils in the introduction class at Åsen School. They come from many different countries and continents, but the majority come from countries in Eastern Europe. What they have in common is a need for intensive training in the Norwegian language. The teachers emphasize building a safe environment where everyone can learn no matter what their background is.