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Basics of Swedish

Basics of Swedish

Code: SWE8RB001
Extent: 3 ECTS
Timing: Semester 3
Language: Swedish and English
Level: Language studies, A1
Type: Free choice studies

Prerequisites
No previous studies of or knowledge of Swedish required

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student
• can manage orally in everyday basic situations (to give basic information about oneself and ask simple questions)
• can understand and use familiar expressions and basic phrases in everyday situations and can write a short and simple text
• is familiar with basic Swedish cultural aspects in everyday and working life
• has reached the language level A1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR

Course contents
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the basics of the Swedish language and culture. The student learns to use everyday vocabulary and phrases.
  Pronunciation
  Greetings
  Small talk phrases
  Introducing oneself
  Numbers, prices and time expressions
  Basic writing skills
  Swedish culture elements

Cooperation with the business community and other organisations
Not applicable

International
Nordic perspective to the course contents

Teaching and learning methods
Contact lessons
Oral and written exercises
Listening comprehension
Structural exercises
Role-playing and learning games
CDs, DVDs, Internet
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Recognition of Prior Learning, RPL  (in Finnish AHOT)
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 APL procedure. In such cases, evaluation on the 0-5 scale is based on a written test (50%) and an oral test (50 %).

Teachers with the main responsibility for the course
Sirpa Kajarinne

Course materials
Levy Scherrerband, P. & Lindemalm, K. 2007. Rivstart A1+ A2 textbook and exercise book.  Natur och kultur. Chapters 1-4

Assessment
examination 60%
active participation in class 20%
Independent studies and exercises 20%

The course is evaluated on a scale excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), satisfactory (2), fair (1), fail (0). The assessment criteria is presented on a scale 1 - 3 - 5.

Grade 1
The student has limited knowledge about the elementary structures of Swedish. The student is familiar with the most basic vocabulary of everyday life and his/her close environment.
The student can fairly manage orally in basic everyday situations. The student can fairly produce short and simple texts.

Grade 3
The student has basic knowledge of the elementary structures of Swedish. The student knows well the vocabulary of everyday life and his/her close environment.
The student can manage well orally in basic everyday situations. Can well produce short and mostly simple texts.

Grade 5
The student knows the elementary structures of Swedish very well. The student is fully familiar with the vocabulary of everyday life and his/her close environment.
The student can fully manage orally in basic everyday situations. The student can produce short and simple and partly more demanding texts.