UA / Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U)
Language of instruction
Faculty of Education and Society
Syllabus approval date
Syllabus valid from
General entry requirements + English 6
No main field.
Progression level in relation to degree requirements
The course can normally be a part of a first-cycle qualification
The aim of the course is to develop elementary knowledge and skills in the Swedish language as well as a basic introduction to Swedish society and culture.
The course builds a simple vocabulary and basic grammatical parts for oral and written weekday communication and - production in Swedish. The course also contains reading of short, simple texts. In all parts, the Swedish everyday life /the student life stands in focus. In addition to what is brought up in the language instruction Swedish culture and Swedish social life will be presented and discussed in English.
After finishing the course, the student will have a knowledge of Swedish that corresponds to Level A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference scale (CEFR).
Upon completion of the course, the student can:
1. use a basic vocabulary of commonplace Swedish words and phrases
2. read and understand texts in very simple Swedish
3. write short, very simple texts about themselves and their daily lives in Swedish
4. demonstrate mastery of the most basic grammatical constructions in Swedish
5 talk about themselves and their daily lives in Swedish using very simple sentences and phrases
6. participate in discussions about everyday topics in very simple Swedish
7. demonstrate the ability to understand very simple spoken Swedish
8. describe basic aspects of Swedish social and cultural life.
Learning activities are lectures, practical exercises - both individual and in groups- , role-plays, dialogues and discussions. Other Learning activities are independent studies and writing. The student will practice practical language skills through web-based material, for example the Swedish Institute's beginner's course Learning Swedish.
Exam 1: Written Sit-in Exam, 3 credits. The exam examines learning outcomes 1-4. The exam takes place in the middle of the course.
Exam 2: Written Sit-in Exam, 3 credits. The exam examines learning outcomes 1-4. The exam takes place in the end of the course.
Exam 4: Written Assignment, 2 credits. The exam examines learning outcome 8.
The grades of Oral examination and Written Assignment is Pass/Fail (G/U)
Grading criteria for the course are announced by the course director in the beginning of the course.
For all assessments, the basis must be such that individual performance can be distinguished.
Course literature and other study material
Levy Scherrer, Paula & Lindemalm, Karl (Latest edition). Rivstart A1 + A2. Textbok. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur. (70 p)
Levy Scherrer, Paula & Lindemalm, Karl (Latest edition). Rivstart A1 + A2. Övningsbok. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur. (70 p)
Material for Swedish culture and Swedish social life will be distributed by the teacher.
Additional material may be introduced but no more than 100 pages.
Malmö University provides students who participate in, or who have completed a course, with the opportunity to express their opinions and describe their experiences of the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarise the results of course evaluations. The University will also inform participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures taken in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).
If a course is no longer offered, or has undergone significant changes, the students must be offered two opportunities for re-examination based on the syllabus that applied at the time of registration, for a period of one year after the changes have been implemented.
If a student has a Learning support decision, the examiner has the right to provide the student with an adapted test, or to allow the student to take the exam in a different format. The syllabus is a translation of a Swedish source text.