SWED 201 A: Second-year Swedish

Autumn 2021
MTWThF 10:30am - 11:20am / DEN 111
Section Type:
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

Screen Shot 2021-05-05 at 2.07.53 PM.png  Välkomna till Svenska 201! 

Instructor:  Kim Kraft

Contact: kimkraft@uw.edu

Time: m-f 10.30-11.20 

Office Hours: by appointment, here is a link to my appointment calendar

Text: OBS! We will begin with Rivstart A1 + A2 textbook and workbook, and you will eventually need Rivstart B1 + B2 textbook and workbook. If you do not have the A1 + A2 book from SWED101-103, let me know and I will loan you a copy.

themes: sport och livsstil; vänner, sociala relationer; fritid

Classroom Environment:

  • Exercises and activities in pairs/small groups are and essential part of the teaching/learning 
  • We will focus on speaking, listening, reading, and 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 

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 interactions and experiences. I use a variety of activities such as dialogues, information gaps, and games to facilitate active learning and keep things fun. I am energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate about teaching, learning, and 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. 

Class Meetings

UW plans to have in-person teaching this fall, so we will plan to meet at 10:30-11:20 M-F. I had planned to make Fridays flexible eventually, like maybe virtual Fridays, but we can talk about everyone's preferences once the quarter starts. If you ever need to miss class, please try to let me know ahead of time (I understand that things do come up sometimes, but just do your best to keep me informed of planned absences). You should also plan about an hour each day outside of class working on your Swedish, sometimes alone, sometimes with an assigned partner. 

Course Outcomes 

SWED201 will enhance your skills, knowledge, and abilities related to: speaking, writing, listening, reading, grammar, and culture in Swedish/Sweden. There are five main course outcomes for SWED201. These outcomes will guide everything that we do in class.

At the completion of this course, you will be able to...

    1. identify main ideas and key information in audio clips and short written texts 
    2. participate in unrehearsed conversations on familiar topics
    3. communicate, obtain information, and express thoughts in spoken conversations and short written texts
    4. recognize, use, and self-correct targeted grammatical structures
    5. identify Swedish cultural products, practices and perspectives 

Grading Breakdown:

  • 35 %  assignments 
  • 30 %  assessments
  • 20%   projects
  • 15%   participation 

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.

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 Met:
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
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July 12, 2024 - 6:24 pm