What is the course about?
The course aims to show students how to cope with everyday situations with increased confidence; to increase their knowledge of grammar and word order; to begin to discuss topical issues.
This course teaches you the Swedish language with a focus on speaking, using a variety of methods and sources.
What will we cover?
Vocabulary for making purchases, visiting the doctor and cooking. We will also cover some Swedish culture including holidays, literature and film and practise expressing our own opinions and beliefs in different matters. Sources are contemporary and will include videos, news reports, blogs, works of literature and texts from a workbook.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an increased grasp of the pronunciation of the Swedish vowel sounds.
- Describing people, objects and situations with a variety of adjectives.
- Be familiar with some Swedish holidays as well as works of film and literature.
- Use ’tänka’, ’tycka’, and ’tro’ correctly when expressing thoughts, opinions and beliefs.
- Use advanced vocabulary for making purchases and cooking, including clothing sizes, currency, measurements for cooking and units for temperature.
- Describe body parts and talk about feelings related to illnesses and pain, this includes having a basic but sufficient vocabulary for a visit to the doctor’s and midwife’s office.
-Feel confident using the imperative, past perfect and future tenses.
-Use the present perfect and pluperfect tenses.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course requires the student to have completed Swedish 1 modules 1-3 or equivalent. Students should be able to have a basic conversation about everyday situations, read short instructions and understand news reports in simple Swedish. They should also have basic knowledge of simple past and future tenses and feel confident with present tense.
You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, using the 24 hour clock, reading timetables). It would also be helpful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through a combination of group and pair exercises as well as individual work. Students will be expected to spend 2 hours per week on their homework which will often combine exercises from a book with tasks relating to their personal interests and surroundings. Lessons are focused on speaking and listening comprehension but reading and writing will also be practiced. Lessons are social and it is important to be able to engage with others in a respectful way.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
We will be working with Nybörjarsvenska Textbook and exercise book (yellow and blue books with a building on the front) so do purchase these before your first session. We will be working with the latest edition which can be purchased from the European Bookshop or Grant and Cutler.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue to Swedish 2 Module 2.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details