SWEDISH 1B: Beginning Swedish

MWF 9-10 , 235 Dwinelle. Instructor: Carl Olsen

Units: 4


  •  No auditing is permitted in Scandinavian language courses.
  •  Berkeley faculty and staff members interested in participating in the Scandinavian language classes must first consult the Scandinavian languages coordinator, Karen Moller at: kmoller@berkeley.edu
  •  To enroll in a Scandinavian language course via UC Extension go to the Concurrent Enrollment website.

Välkomna! Welcome to first year Swedish! This semester you will get started with the basics of the Swedish language through exercises and practice conversations in class, examples and lessons in our textbook Rivstart, reading and listening to sample texts, watching videos of Swedish programs, and daily homework exercises.

Our primary objectives are to develop our conversational and written abilities in Swedish and to develop our listening and reading comprehension in Swedish. Our secondary objectives are to broaden our knowledge of Swedish culture by looking at contemporary and past Sweden, and to learn about how Swedish culture is interconnected with the rest of Scandinavia and Europe, as well as Sweden’s significance in the global arena.

Essentials of the course:

Three hours of language instruction per week. Students continue to develop the basic elements of communicative competence in both spoken and written language within a cultural context. Swedish 1B is the second half of the elementary Swedish course, Swedish 1A.

Workload: About three hours of work outside of class per week and option individual work in the Berkeley Language Media Center. An oral and written midterm and final exam.

Textbook: Rivstart A1 + A2 (textbook and exercise book)

Prerequisite: Swedish 1A. The course is not open to native, near-native, or heritage speakers of any Nordic language. Course cannot be repeated without prior consent from the language coordinator.