The course was established 09 February 2012.
This course syllabus (version 1) was approved 05 September 2012 by the Board of Studies at Faculty of Culture and Society.
The syllabus is valid from 01 January 2013.
Replacement for course syllabus ratified 29 November 2010.
The course is aimed at international students and seeks to provide them with elementary knowledge of and skills in the Swedish language as well as a basic introduction to Swedish society and culture.
Advancement in relation to the degree requirements
Independent course: may form part of a Swedish degree.
General entry requirements + English B.
Upon completion of the course, students:
- will have mastered a basic vocabulary of commonplace Swedish words and phrases;
- can read and understand texts in very simple Swedish;
- can write short, very simple texts about themselves and their daily lives in Swedish;
- can talk about themselves and their daily lives in Swedish using very simple sentences and phrases;
- can participate in discussions about everyday topics in very simple Swedish
- can demonstrate the ability to understand very simple spoken Swedish;
- can demonstrate mastery of the most basic grammatical constructions in Swedish; and
- can describe basic aspects of Swedish social and cultural life.
After finishing the course, students will have a knowledge of Swedish that corresponds to Level A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference scale (CEFR).
3 Oral examinations of 1 credits each (total 3 credits)
1 written examination in the middle (2 credits) and
1 written examination in the end of the course (3 credits)
1 written report (1 credit)
Culture and Society, written report (1 credit)
The grades of Oral examinations and Culture and Society is Pass/Fail (G/U)
Students who do not pass the regular course exams have the minimum of two re-sit opportunities. Re-sits follow the same form as the original exams.
The course is based on earlier knowledge with a basis vocabulary and continued basic grammatical parts for oral and written weekday communication and - production in Swedish. The course also contains reading of short, simple texts. Learning activities include both skills training and procurement of knowledge. In all parts, the Swedish everyday life stands/the student life in focus.
In addition to what is brought up in the language instruction be presented and discussed Swedish culture and Swedish social life in a number of lectures in English.
Learning activities are lectures, seminars, practical exercises (both individual and in groups), role-plays, and dialogues and discussions as well as film showings.
Additional learning activities are self-study and the process approach to writing.
Reading list and other media
Levy Scherrer, P, Lindemalm, K Rivstart A1 + A2 Textbok latest edition: Natur och Kultur
Levy Scherrer, P, Lindemalm, K Rivstart A1 + A2 Övningsbok latest edition: Natur och Kultur
A children's book in Swedish and by a Swedish author is chosen in consultation with the teacher.
Material for Culture and Society will be distributed by the class teacher.
Additional [photocopied] material may be introduced by the teacher but no more than 100 pages.
All students are given the opportunity to complete a written evaluation at the end of the course, and a summary of the results will be made available.
Students may also offer oral feedback during the course.
Student participation is exercised through the course council and through direct discussion regarding the different course components.