The Nucleus Research of Norwegian Studies in Brazil presents its first action plan: International Forum On Norwegian Language Teaching, which consists of the following structure:
- To develop works in education area inspired by the Norwegian Education Curriculum;
- Promotion and diffusion of Norwegian language in Brazilian education;
- To implement Norwegian language teaching at Brazilian institutions.
- To promote interest on Norwegian language teaching;
- To disseminate the Norwegian language in Brazil;
- To preserve the Norwegian language in the homes of Norwegian-Brazilian citizens.
Make efforts to make Norwegian language teaching widely available in Brazil, which strengthens ties of friendship between the two countries, upholds partnership between Brazil and Norway, encourages international cooperation, and promotes opportunities of reading and vocabulary training to workers and professionals of Norwegian companies in Brazil as well as students and intellectuals in the areas of Literature, Linguistics, History, Education, Natural Sciences, Marine Biology, Naval Engineering, Petroleum Engineering; among others.
Norway is the country with the highest Human Development Index (HDI) in the world, and for this reason, an investment in Norwegian language studies is crucial in order to improve and enrich knowledge using directly Norwegian primary sources. Another motivation is that studying the Norwegian language would help Brazilians to be able to read (the National Library of Norway, for example, offers newspapers and more than 250,000 books in its online library) and to join, even online (web), important meetings, conferences and seminars in Norwegian language on education, culture, science, technology and environment, which shall be amazing to Brazil, especially at educational field. Finally, the forum will encourage interaction and integration among all Norwegian speakers of the world.
NORSK LIVE Project (Projeto Norueguês Vivo is the name in Portuguese)
- Homeschooling and self-education;
- Norwegian for children;
- Norwegian technical issues (areas of maritime studies, shipbuilding, oil and gas engineering);
- Norwegian for foreigners;
- Norwegian for travel;
- Bilingualism (Portuguese-Norwegian);
- Production of material for Portuguese-Norwegian discipline for Liberal Arts universities, Post Graduation, Masters and Doctorate Degrees (Literature, Translation and Linguistics).
I. Norge Bokklubben Brasil (Norwegian Book Club in Brazil – virtual literary club);
II. Research Support Group in Etymology, Philology and Linguistics.
Norwegian language is spoken in the Norway Kingdom (Norway, Jan Mayen Island, Svalbard Archipelago), in the dependent territories of Norway (Bouvet Island and Peter I Island), Lapland and part of Sweden. According to statistics there are approximately 55,000 speakers of Norwegian in the US, 15,000 in Denmark and 7,000 in Canada; and currently, about five (5) million people speak Norwegian in the world.
Between 1850 and 1920 more than 800,000 Norwegians immigrated to America. In Brazil, Norwegian immigration began in the 19th century and today, the Norwegian community in Brazil is the third largest in the world, behind only the United States and Canada. The total population of Norwegian-Brazilians is 487. 000 people living at southeast and mainly south regions.
Iceland and Greenland were colonized by Norway, although they did not adopt Norwegian as their official language. At the time of the colonization, Iceland adopted the Old Norwegian, known like Norreno, as official language, that, by the way, was the language spoken by Vikings. Moreover, the Kingdom of Norway has already been Denmark-Norway Kingdom, and Sweden-Norway Kingdom, so that the speakers of the Norwegian language can easily understand and be understood in both Sweden and Denmark. In the late Middle Ages (Hanseatic Era) the Low-Norwegian language was the lingua franca of the North. Nowadays, Norwegian is the official language of the Nordic Council.
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