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Swedish Courses

Swedish1: SWE 0101 (FALL)

In level 1, you will acquire a practical command of both spoken and written beginner’s Swedish, as well as some knowledge of Swedish culture and society. We learn the basics of Swedish language structure and everyday words and phrases, as well as proper pronunciation. We practice all four language skills and after completing the course, you will be able to talk about yourself and your life, read and comprehend simple texts, write short texts and understand short conversations about familiar topics using present or past tense. Examples of topics we cover are greeting phrases, going shopping, interests and hobbies and how to talk about what you do in your spare time.

Swedish 2: SWE 0102 (SPRING)

Continuing on from introductory course, students will build on the fundamentals from Level one whilst exploring festivals and traditions of Ireland through Gaeilge.  Relatable and authentic material used to enhance the experience within the classroom.

In level 2, you will continue to acquire basic skills in Swedish by expanding your vocabulary and learn more complex sentence structuring. We introduce the present perfect and the future tense to be able to better talk about our own experiences and other events and use short news articles, song lyrics and nursery rhymes/fairy tales to improve your comprehension. At the end of the semester, you will demonstrate your knowledge of basic grammatical structures and pronunciation by holding a short presentation on Norse Mythology. Examples of other things you will be able to do after completing the course are asking and giving directions, plan trips, write short texts and emails and describe people and things.

Swedish 3: SWE 0103 (FALL)

In level 3 we strive to use a more developed grammar and vocabulary so we can talk about things beyond everyday life. Communicative skills continue to be our focus. Some topics that are covered are Swedish food and going to a restaurant, professions and work life, social etiquette and computers and internet. We continue expanding our grammar (for example reflexive verbs and the usage of past tense vs present perfect) and vocabulary by adding more authentic materials. At this level we read and discuss our first Swedish novel together, an abbreviated version of a popular current Swedish novel.

Swedish 4: SWE 0104 (SPRING)

In level 4, we talk about topics like school and education, renting an apartment, going to the doctor and media/news. We work on grammar and language to be able to work with increasingly more difficult materials, novels and texts, and analyze differences between formal and informal Swedish. We learn more about Swedish adjectives, how to use the definite form as well as comparisons, as well as the future tense of verbs. After this level, you will be able to take part in small talk, follow along with news reports and carry out phone conversations in Swedish.

Swedish 5: SWE 0105 (FALL), Swedish 6: SWE 0106 (SPRING)

At this level, we use mostly authentic materials as we get an in-depth knowledge of Swedish through the study of novels, current newspaper articles, literary excerpts, poems and movies. We move from finding and stating facts when using our Swedish into using persuasive language to be able to hold discussions about pets, social life, leisure time, habits and more. We introduce the conditional and past participles but only use grammar to improve our communicative skills.

In level 6, our materials represent a wide variety of style, formality and vocabulary to help you adapt your Swedish accordingly. We use the textbook to continue learning more grammar, for example s-verbs, the passive voice and transitive/intransitive verbs, but the focus is as always on communicative skills. Examples of topics we cover are social media, travel and tourism and working life and we work on real life skills, for example writing a job application and a resume. We also study proverbs, slang and swearwords – areas that require a significant knowledge of the language to be used appropriately.

From Vikings to Now: SWE 1615 (SPRING)

Sweden – land of the Vikings, IKEA and midnight sun… But what is modern day Sweden really like? How did it change from a traditionally homogenous country into the multi-cultural society it is now? In this course, you will gain a deeper insight into how Sweden became the country it is today, what Swedish culture is and how it is changing. After a historical overview, we will look at areas like marriage and family, politics, religion, holidays and customs to try to grasp the hidden elements of Swedish culture that form society and the national identity. We will analyze characteristics usually associated with Sweden – fairness, self-sufficiency, egalitarianism and democracy, gender equality – and compare how these values differ from other cultures.