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Swedish 1

Target group
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Target level
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September, February
Language of instruction

Classroom course

This is a traditional classroom course.
The teacher and all students are present in the classroom.

Course description

For the Swedish 1 course no prior knowledge of the Swedish language is required. From the beginning of this course, you will start communicating in Swedish. The topics covered include: introducing yourself, greeting, talking about your work, study, hobby, family, food, doing the daily shopping, introduction to arithmetic words and alphabet. The necessary grammar is explained and ample attention is paid to vocabulary. All skills are covered: speaking, writing, reading and listening. Besides the language, the course also focuses on Swedish culture and traditions.

After completing this course, you will be able to use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases. You can introduce yourself and ask and answer questions about personal details. You can interact in a simple way, provided that the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. 

The course makes use of the digital learning environment BrightSpace. Within this learning environment you will find the homework and additional learning materials. Course participants are expected to prepare the lessons at home. (approximately two hours per lesson)

The course is concluded with a test. A certificate is awarded if the test is completed successfully and the participant has attended 80% of the lessons.

Course material

  • Levy Scherrer, P. en Karl Lindemalm, Rivstart Textbok A1 + A2, H1 t/m H5. Natur&Kultur. ISBN 9789127434202.
  • Levy Scherrer, P. en Karl Lindemalm, Rivstart Övningsbok A1 + A2, H1 t/m H6. Natur&Kultur. ISBN 9789127434219.

The textbook used in this course consists of 20 chapters and corresponds to level A2 of the CEFR/ERK. The content is divided into four courses. After the course Swedish 1 you will reach level A1.1 and after following Swedish 2 level A1.2. After Swedish 3 you will reach level A2.1 and after Swedish 4 you have reached level A2.2.

The course material is not included in the course fee. Course participants are required to purchase the material themselves.

Target group and admission requirements

The course is intended for adults with a higher education diploma, including both students and staff members of Leiden University, as well as interested parties who have no connection to Leiden University.

The course is open to any person aged 17 or older with a completed secondary school education. There are no entry requirements with respect to knowledge of Swedish. A basic knowledge of English is required.

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for an online course is 16 and for a classroom course is 18.
  • The course load is 56 hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.
  • The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.
  • If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.
  • The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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