Swedish Language, Culture and Society I

This course is no longer offered, it has been replaced by Swedish Language, Culture and Society I [AK304E].

If you have questions about this course, please contact the department, see Contact.



This course is designed to provide students with basic skills in the Swedish language. It covers such aspects as the structure and function of the language, words and phrases, simple oral communication, listening comprehension, and elementary reading texts. In addition, there will be a basic introduction to Swedish culture and society; this will be achieved partly by means of a number of lectures in English.
If you want to enter level II or III and do not have the formal requirements to do so, you can take a test at Malmö University to show your prior knowledge of Swedish. This is how you apply for the higher levels of Swedish Language, Culture and Society through test:
- Enter the application website www.antagning.se and log on.
- Apply for the level you want to take and all the levels below it. For example, if you want to take level III, apply for level I, II and III.
- You will get a message from antagning.se telling you that you are not admitted to the higher levels due to lack of requirements.
- If admitted to level I, accept admission.
Come to the introduction meeting for level one. Information on when and where it is held will be sent to all admitted students.
- Take the test to level II, III or IV immediately after the introduction meeting Gäddan 8, Citadellsvägen 7, Malmö. The test takes about an hour.
- N.B. You cannot take the test if you have not applied for the higher levels and been admitted to level one.

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6


credits 32% final grades 34% national university aptitude test 34%


Syllabus for students autumn 2018, autumn 2017, autumn 2016, autumn 2015, spring 2015, autumn 2014, spring 2014, autumn 2013, spring 2013, autumn 2012

Course Code:
SV211L revision 1.1
Swedish name:
Svenska för internationella studenter - språk, kultur och samhällsliv I
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
26 February 2015
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2015
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
05 September 2012

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

Independent course: may form part of a Swedish degree.


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.


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 outcomes

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).

Learning activities

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.


2 Oral examinations of 1,5 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 Essay (1 credit)

Culture and Society, 2 written examinations of 0,5 credit each (total 1 credit)

The grades of Oral examinations and Culture and Society is Pass/Fail (G/U)

Re-sit examinations:
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.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

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

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.

Course evaluation

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.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Language and Linguistics.

Further information

Anita Marttila, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6657345