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SWED 101 A: First Year Swedish 1

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 9:30am - 10:20am
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Syllabus Description:

Instructor: Karin Filipsson (pronouns she/her/hers)


The course will be taught synchronously Monday through Friday at 9.30-10.20.  Office hour: Monday 10.30-11.30.


Course Description

Välkommen till svenska 101! In this class we will introduce and get used to the basics of the Swedish language and culture, with a focus on communicative and practical skills. Learning Swedish and about Sweden is a fascinating way to begin approaching contemporary world issues, history, media, society, politics, innovation, and everything else! While we will spend most of our time focusing on Sweden and Swedish-speaking Finland, there will also be opportunities for comparative and personalized integration with your own interests, studies, goals. By the end of the first day, you will already be able to speak Swedish and realize how awesome, beautiful, and interesting the language is! Vi ses snart! [See you soon!]


Office hour: Mondays 10.30-11.30. 

About the course:

In Modules, you will find the weekly schedule, including homework assignments. We will cover approximately 5 chapters of Rivstart in the Fall Quarter and then we will continue with the same book if you sign up for Winter and Spring Quarters.  This means that we will cover approximately one chapter in two weeks. We will have regular homework assignments, quizzes,  continuous oral and written assessments and an oral exam/interview at the end. Please bring a physical copy of Rivstart A1+A2 Textbook and Workbook to each class.

In Announcements, I supply links to an Online dictionary, Duolingo, and to Rivstart online. I encourage you to download the free app Duolingo and practice Swedish every day using the app.  In addition, I encourage you to watch Swedish TV, listen to Swedish podcasts and listen to Swedish music, as well as reading Swedish newspapers online. You will find links in files, but you can also find Swedish content on youtube, Spotify, Podcast apps, iTunes etc. Have fun!

Course materials:

  • Rivstart A1+A2 Textbook & Övningsbok (one set for the whole year). Please bring both books as well as a notebook and pen with you to each class.

VLPA credit: 

Each course in the SWED 101-103  sequence also carries a VLPA credit. To that end, authentic Swedish texts, music, and media (especially film) are integrated into the course. As this course is the first in a sequence of three it is only offered FALL QUARTER. Auditors are not allowed. Note that some restrictions might apply to the use of this course in your Areas of Knowledge requirements. Feel free to contact our departmental advisor, Kim Kraft with any questions:


Nobody signed up for this.

  • Not for the virus, not for the social distancing, not for the sudden end of our collective lives together on campus.
  • Not for online classes, not for teaching remotely, not for learning from home, not for mastering new technologies, not for varied access to learning materials.

The humane option is the best option.

  • We are going to prioritize supporting each other as humans.
  • We are going to prioritize simple solutions that make sense for the most.
  • We are going to prioritize honesty and clear communication.

We cannot just do the same thing online.

  • Some assignments are no longer possible.
  • Some expectations are no longer reasonable.
  • Some objectives have to be reimagined.


Online etiquette:

The classroom is a community in which we learn from one another, so please be present, kind, and focused.

Land acknowledgment:

I would like to acknowledgment that I am teaching this course on the lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, whose ancestors resided here since time immemorial. I also acknowledge that many indigenous peoples continue to thrive in this place.





Catalog Description: 
Fundamentals of oral and written Swedish, including introductory study of literature, film, and other authentic texts. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
September 23, 2020 - 9:22pm