It’s been a while since I wrote on this blog. The reason, which many of you already know, is that I’ve been teaching a 4 week Swedish intensive course in London, at the International House London. It was really interesting in terms of teaching Swedish, as I usually teach private students once or twice a week. I think there are definitely some pro’s with doing a Swedish intensive course. The students can really immerse themselves in the language, which is otherwise particularly hard for when studying a few hours per week. Furthermore, the speed of progress during an intensive course is very rewarding for both the student and the teacher. This time, I taught 120 hours, which would take morethan 2 years to achieve with tuition of 1 hour per week!
But there are some drawbacks too. It is very tough to digest all the learning, as the learning curve is so steep when you study full-time. Students don’t have the time to really reflect on grammatical concepts and fully learn the vocabulary. And of course, most people cannot take the time to study a language full-time, nor afford it.
If you don’t already live in Sweden it is difficult to get opportunities to hear Swedish on a daily basis. The main challenge, therefore, is to achieve as much immersion as possible while studying one or just a few hours a week.
Here are some useful resources for surrounding yourself with Swedish in daily life:
– 8 sidor (easy to read news). Notice in particular the feature “lyssna på lättlästa nyheter“. If you want to listen and read the text at the same time, then you need to dig out the texts here, and keep two windows open at the same time – one for the text and one for listening.
– Lättläst Förlaget, where you can buy books that have different levels of language difficulty. They do deliver abroad.
– Klartext, a current news radio bulletin where they speak slower and clearer.
– Sveriges Radio, where you can listen online or download MP3-files of almost anything. P1 is debate and current affairs. P2 is classical/jazz/folk music, plus other languages than Swedish. P3 is focused on younger listeners, and plays current pop music. P4 is a collection of local channels.
– SVT Play, watch Swedish TV channels online.
Have you got any other tips and suggestions on how to stay with the Swedish language in between lessons?