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Online Language Classes for Adults

Välkommen / Tervetuloa to the online Swedish and Finnish classroom! Due to the ongoing situation related to COVID-19, ASI language classes will continue to meet virtually through the winter semester.

Winter Term 2021 starts the week of January 11 and classes run for 9 weeks. Class fees are $125 for members / $135 for non-members. Register by January 4 for the early bird discount ($10 off). We use the program Zoom for online classes. After you’ve registered, you will receive an email with more detailed information about how to enter the online classroom on the Friday before the start of term (January 8). All class times are listed in Central Time.

If you are a returning student, please look for your class by day, time, and teacher. If you are new to the ASI language program, please find more information about our program below. If you have questions after reviewing the information below, please contact Liz Stopka at lizs@asimn.org.

Save the date! Spring Term 2021 will start the week of March 27.

Language Program Information for New Students

Language Program Overview

ASI offers three, nine-week language class terms per year starting in September, January and March. During the summer and occasionally throughout the year, we offer shorter term supplemental classes on special topics (Learn Swedish through Song, Swedish History, Start Reading Swedish, etc.).

Most of our nine-week classes use the textbook series Rivstart (A1/A2 and B1/B2). A few classes use the textbook Mål 1, Nybörjarsvenska, or På svenska 2.The best way to get a sense of the level of the class is to look at the chapter number the class is currently in. We also offer literature classes ranging from lättläst (easy to read) books to more advanced novels. Periodically, we offer a class series called Kort Kurs 1 and Kort Kurs 2 which have been specially developed for students with limited prior language study who want to ease into Swedish.

Finnish classes use the textbook series Suomen Mestari (1, 2, 3) and occasionally children's books or abridged novels. 

 ASI language students start in a class on a specific day and time and that class continues to be offered at that same day and time each term, with students progressing through the textbook/text, as long as the minimum amount of students (5) is met. If you are new to ASI classes, but not to Swedish, and are having trouble figuring out the right class for you, please contact Liz Stopka at lizs@asimn.org.

Description of Language Class Levels

  • Beginning classes start from chapter 1 of the textbook
  • Continuing Beginning classes - any classes in chapters 2-10 of Rivstart A1/A2, or in Mål 1. Finnish class using Suomen Mestari 1.
  • Intermediate classes - any classes in chapters 10-20 of Rivstart A1/A2, or På svenska 2. Finnish class using Suomen Mestari 2.
  • Advanced classes - any classes past the level of Rivstart A1/A2 including, Rivstart B classes, literature classes, and conversation classes. Finnish class using Suomen Mestari 3 or reading literature.

Click on the classes below to see what chapter they are starting in in fall semester. 

Winter Term 2021

Beginning Swedish Classes

SOLD OUT Beginning Swedish, Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m.

Wednesday, January 13, 11:15 a.m.
Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Rivstart A1/A2, ch. 1
SOLD OUT. This is a participatory class and spots are intentionally limited to allow interaction between students and the instructor. Please call 612-871-4907 to be added to a waitlist.

SOLD OUT Beginning Swedish, Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 14, 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Liz Stopka
Course materials: Rivstart A1/A2, ch 1
 
SOLD OUT. This is a participatory class and spots are intentionally limited to allow interaction between students and the instructor. Please call 612-871-4907 to be added to a waitlist.

Finnish Classes

Continuing Beginning Finnish, Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.

Instructor: Joona Sundström
Course materials: Suomen Mestari 1, ch. 5

Continuing Beginning Finnish, Sundays at 3 p.m.

Instructor: Joona Sundström
Course materials: Suomen Mestari 2, ch 2

Advanced Finnish, Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Instructor: Joona Sundström
Course materials: Muumipeikko ja pyrstötähti, ch. 4 and Suomen Mestari 3, ch. 4

Monday Classes

Continuing Beginning Swedish, 2 p.m. with Ingela Haaland

Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Rivstart A1/A2, ch. 7

Advanced Swedish, 4 p.m. with Ingela Haaland

Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Rivstart B1/B2, ch. 10

Swedish Literature, 4 p.m. with Jean Hanslin

Instructor: Jean Hanslin
Course materials: Utvandrare (lättläst) - Vilhelm Moberg, p. 1

Advanced Swedish, 6 p.m. with Jean Hanslin

Instructor: Jean Hanslin
Course materials: Rivstart B2/C1, ch. 2

Advanced Swedish, 7 p.m. with Ingela Haaland

Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Rivstart B1/B2, ch. 10

Tuesday Classes

Intermediate Swedish, 9:30 a.m. with Ingela Haaland

Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: På svenska 2, ch. 6, Pyramiden, ch. 1

Continuing Beginning Swedish, 10 a.m. with Liz Stopka

Instructor: Liz Stopka
Course materials: Rivstart A1/A2, ch. 8

Swedish Literature, 11:15 a.m. with Ingela Haaland

Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Fredrik Backman - Folk med ångest, ch 1

Swedish Literature, 5:30 p.m. with Ingela Haaland

Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Nattfåk, by Johan Theorin, ch. 21-22

Intermediate Swedish, 6:15 p.m. with Gregg White

Instructor: Gregg White
Course materials: Rivstart A1/A2, ch. 15

Continuing Beginning Swedish, 7:30 p.m. with Ingela Haaland

Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Rivstart A1/A2, ch. 5

Wednesday Classes

Advanced Swedish Literature, 9:30 a.m. with Jean Hanslin

Instructor: Jean Hanslin
Course materials: Nybyggarna (lättläst) - Vilhelm Moberg, p.1

Kort Kurs 2, 11:30 a.m. with Jean Hanslin

Instructor: Jean Hanslin
Kort Kurs 2 is a continuing beginning level Swedish class (It follows Kort Kurs 1). Students will strengthen basic Swedish skills gained in KK 1 and work more in-depth on grammar and specifically, verbs. Take this class if you have taken KK 1 OR you have been away from Swedish study for a bit and are looking for a refresher class to ease you back in. 
Course materials: Kort Kurs 2 course packet required, available for purchase at the ASI Museum Store

Intermediate Swedish, 4:15 p.m. with Rachel Willson-Broyles

Instructor: Rachel Willson-Broyles
Course materials: Rivstart A1/A2, ch. 16

Novice Swedish Conversation, 4:30 p.m. with Jean Hanslin

Instructor: Jean Hanslin
This class is suitable for novice language learners with at least 2-3 terms of Swedish study

Continuing Beginning Swedish, 6:15 p.m. with Rachel Willson-Broyles

Instructor: Rachel Willson-Broyles
Course materials: Rivstart A1/A2, ch. 4

Thursday Classes

Continuing Beginning Swedish, 9:30 a.m. with Ingela Haaland

Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Mål 1, ch. 7

Intermediate Swedish, 2:30 p.m. with Ingela Haaland

Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: På svenska 2, ch. 8

Continuing Beginning Swedish, 4:30 p.m. with Gregg White

Instructor: Gregg White
Course materials: Mål 1, ch 3

Advanced Swedish, 6:15 p.m. with Gregg White

Instructor: Gregg White
Course materials: Pojken och tigern, ch 11

Intermediate Swedish, 6:15 p.m. with Liz Stopka

Instructor: Liz Stopka
Course materials: Rivstart A1/A2, ch 13

Friday Classes

Advanced Swedish Conversation, 9:30 a.m. with Jean Hanslin

Instructor: Jean Hanslin
Course materials: Materials provided by instructor

Continuing Beginning Swedish, 10 a.m. with Liz Stopka

Instructor: Liz Stopka
Course materials: Rivstart A1/A2, ch. 7

Intermediate Swedish, 10:30 a.m. with Jean Hanslin

Instructor: Jean Hanslin
Course materials: Nybörjarsvenska, ch. 38

Saturday Classes

Intermediate Swedish, 10:30 a.m. with Liz Stopka

Instructor: Liz Stopka
Course materials: Materials provided by instructor.
Read and discuss current events på svenska from news sources such as 8 sidor and Radio Sweden På Lätt Svenska. This class is suitable for students with 2-3 years of language study.