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SWED 201 A: Second-year Swedish

MWF 10:30am - 11:20am / DEN 110
TTh 10:30am - 11:20am / DEN 210
Kim Kraft
Kim Kraft

Syllabus Description:

Välkomna till Svenska 201! Welcome to Swedish 201!

Instructor:  Kim Kraft


Classroom: MWF Denny Hall 110, TTh Denny Hall 210

Time: m-f 10.30-11.20   (no class: 4, 17-18 oct; 11, 28-29 nov; final class: 6 dec)

Office Hours: mon./wed. 12.30-16.00 RAITT305X or by appointment

Text: Rivstart Text B1 + B2 (2e, 2016) OCH Rivstart Övningsbok B1 + B2 (2e, 2016)

themes: sport och livsstil; vänner, sociala relationer; pengar, arbete, lycka

Classroom Environment:

  • We will focus on speaking, listening, reading, writing 
  • Everyone will speak at least a little Swedish everyday 
  • Most of class will occur in Swedish
  • Students are expected to be active participants in class (more below)
  • Exercises and activities in pairs/small groups will be an important part of the teaching/learning 

Teaching Style and Philosophy:

My approach to language teaching and learning is inspired by the Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) method, and I believe that significant language learning happens through real, authentic, and meaningful communication. I use a variety of activities such as information gaps, role plays, skits, and games to facilitate active learning and keep things fun. I am energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate about teaching, learning, and about all things Swedish. I love to speak Swedish, but I am not the one who is in the classroom for language practice, so I encourage students to be active participants in their learning.. Therefore,  *participation (15%) of your grade, means coming to class prepared with textbook, workbook, completed homework, and ready to work a little beyond your comfort zones; contributing to a supportive environment where we can all take risks, have a sense of humor, and recognize that we all learn in different ways.



  • 30 %  in-class assignments and prepared homework
  • 30 %  assessments (tests and quizzes)
  • 15%   participation*
  • 10 %  online exercises ( email account) 
  • 10%  essays/letters/writing assignments
  • 5% culture 

Grade scale 

97-100%=4.0 ; 93-96%=3.9 ; 91-93%=3.8 ; 90%=3.7 ; 89%=3.6 ; 88%=3.5 ; 87%=3.4 ; 86%=3.3 ; 85%=3.2 ; 84%=3.1 ; 83%=3.0 ; 82%=2.9 ; 81%=2.9 ; 81%=2.8 ; 80%=2.7 ; 79%=2.6 ; 78%=2.5 ; 77%=2.4; 76%=2.3; 75%=2.2; 74%=2.1; 73%=2.0; 72%=1.9; 71%=1.8; 70%=1.7... (0-60%=0.0) 

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Religious Accommodations

Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Faculty Syllabus Guidelines and Resources. Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form available at

Academic Advising:
If you have questions about declaring a major/minor, choosing courses, studying abroad, accessing UW resources, succeeding in classes, or generally thinking more out your academic plans, I am the academic adviser for SCAND and I am happy to meet with you to discuss.
VLPA for Language Classes:
Second-year Scandinavian and Baltic language courses carry a VLPA designation; these courses are designed help students develop a personal appreciation of the creative process and how it promotes a willingness to investigate the unknown as well as the commonplace. Please see the adviser with any questions.


Catalog Description: 
Intensive practice in speaking, reading, and writing. Functional review of grammar. First in a sequence of three.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:22pm