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Business Swedish (for Finnish students)

Business Swedish (for Finnish students)

Code: SWE1LF001
Extent: 6 ECTS (162 h)
Timing: Semester 1
Language: Swedish
Level: Basic studies (Language studies B1)
Type: Compulsory *) for finnish Students

*) The Swedish course Business Swedish is compulsory for the Finnish students who have completed secondary level education in Finland.

Prerequisites

The student has successfully completed the Swdish level test.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • is able to communicate both orally and in writing in Swedish with his/her Nordic partners in the most common business situations (workplace communication)
  • has cultural awareness of working in a Nordic business environment
  • is familiar with the Nordic economies and the role of Finland in them
  • is familiar with essential business terminology
  • is able to write business documents in Swedish
  • is able to give business presentations and/or present a business plan in Swedish
  • is interested in further developing his/her professional Swedish language skills.

Course contents

The student familiarizes him/herself with intercultural communication and the cultural features in the market area and adopts vocabulary for needed for business communication.

  • essentials of company operations and of being an entrepreneur
  • everyday  workplace communication with Swedish speaking business partners intercultural awareness
  • essentials of Nordic economies
  • company and product presentations
  • basic business documents
  • Real business based examples and cases
  • guest speakers/ company visits

International dimension

International and global business approach to course themes and topics, contributions by multinational student groups and company cooperations.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact lessons
Individual, pair and team work/assignments
Discussions
Independent studies (written and oral assignments)
Nordic seminar/company visit/ visitor from a company
Film or theatre
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Students may demonstrate their command of the aims and contents of the course obtained through nonformal and/or informal learning by taking part in the RPL procedure. In such cases, evaluation on the scale 0-5 is based on a written test (50%) and an oral test (50%).

Teacher with the main responsibility for the course

Marit Keränen

Course materials

Gå med vinst. 2014. EDITA. S. Hanska-Aare, M. Keränen, K. Lehtoviita & M. Pirttilä
Other material provided by the teacher
Internet and newspapers serve as sources for discussions of current topics.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student knows very little Swedish business terminology. He/she is familiar with the most basic vocabulary of everyday life (both personal and working life) and has some cultural awareness of working in a Swedish business environment. The student knows Swedish business terminology quite well. He/she knows quite well with the basic vocabulary of everyday life (both personal and working life) and has cultural awareness of working in a Swedish business environment. The student knows Swedish business terminology very well. He/she masters  the basic vocabulary of everyday life (both personal and work life) and has  good cultural awareness of working in a Swedish business environment.
Skills The student can fairly manage orally in everyday business situations at work. He/she can fairly produce short and simple business documents in Swedish. The student can manage quite well orally in everyday business situations at work. He/she can well produce mostly simple business documents in Swedish. The student can fully manage orally in everyday business situations at work. He/she can produce more demanding business documents in Swedish.
Competence The student has reached the language level B1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student is able to use only some basic vocabulary needed for business communication in Swedish. The student can handle very simple business situations handled during the course. He/she can  interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student has reached the language level B1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student can use vocabulary needed for business communication in Swedish quite well. The student can manage and interact quite well in business situations handled during the course when provided some help from others. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student has reached the language level B1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student can use vocabulary needed for business communication in Swedish very well. He/she has good confidence and ability to use Swedish in Business situations both orally and in writing. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Separate grades are given for oral and written skills.

Separate grades are given for oral and written skills.

Writing skills: written exam (80%), written assignments (20%), and active participation in class (20%).

Oral skills: oral exam, presentations (80%), discussions and oral assignments and active participation in class (20%).

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.