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Adult Language & Culture Classes

Talar du svenska?

Learning a language and discovering the unique aspects of a culture can be a rewarding and eye-opening experience. The American Swedish Institute offers excellent opportunities for adults to learn Swedish in small and friendly, nine-week classes taught by experienced instructors. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced student, we have a class for you. In addition to language classes, we also offer various special topics courses – such as book discussions and a class on Nordic folklore – in both Swedish and English that offer insight into the culture.


Are you looking for a drop-in opportunity to use your Swedish and meet other Swedish speakers? Come to ASI's Språkstugan – a weekly conversation group for Swedish speakers and learners of all levels! We meet Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. 

Letar du efter något sätt att använda din svenska och träffa andra svensktalande? Kom förbi Språkstugan – en samtalsgrupp för alla som talar svenska! Vi träffas varje onsdag kl 17-19. 

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall term 2018 begins the week of September 17. 

These nine-week sessions are $135 (only $15 a class!). The early bird discounts is $20 off for ASI Members and $10 for the general public. ASI members also get a 10% discount on textbooks at the ASI Museum Store.

Click on the class level to learn more about class meeting times, instructors and materials, and to access the registration link.

Beginning Swedish Courses

Introductory Swedish A100

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jean Hanslin
Course materials: Kort kurs

This class is great for beginners and people with limited experience in second-language learning, providing a solid foundation for continued Swedish language study. It uses a text called Kort kurs, which can be purchased in ASI's Museum Store.

If you are comfortable with language learning and interested in classes that can lead you into ASI's intermediate and advanced Swedish courses, please look into our Swedish A101 offerings which begin with our academic textbook - Rivstart A1+A2.

Swedish A101

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4:15 p.m. (Accelerated Pace)
Instructor: Rachel Willson-Broyles
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2

Instructor: Liz Stopka
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2
 

If you have completed our Introductory Swedish A100 class and looking to continue your study, or if you're new to Swedish and prefer to jump right in with an academic textbook, this is the class level for you!

Class content covers the alphabet and numbers, how to introduce themselves, including  where and how they live, how to ask someone how they are doing, how to introduce someone else, and how to use simple greeting and parting phrases. Themes include: health, countries, work, studies, family, languages, introductions, counting, and telling time. Grammar topics will include present tense verbs, word order, interrogatives, subject pronouns, negations, pronunciation, and singular indefinite form nouns.

Continuation Beginning Swedish Courses

Swedish A102

Instructor: Liz Stopka
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2, ch. 3


 

Swedish A103

Instructor: Gregg White
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2, ch. 7
Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2, ch. 5

Swedish A104

Thursday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m.
Instructor: Liz Stopka
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2, ch. 6

Intermediate Swedish Courses

Swedish A201

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m.
Instructor: Gregg White
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2, ch.13

Swedish A202

Tuesday, Sept.18, 9:30 a.m.
Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2, ch.11

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:15 p.m. (accelerated pace)
Instructor: Rachel Willson-Broyles
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2, ch.17

Swedish A204

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2:45 p.m.
Instructor: Jean Hanslin
Course materials: Nybörjarsvenska textbok, ch.35

Thursday, Sept. 20, 1:15 p.m.
Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2, ch.14

Swedish A206

Monday, Sept. 17, 6:15 p.m.
Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2, ch. 18

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1:15 p.m.
Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2, ch. 17

Monday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m.
Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Rivstart A1+A2; Rivstart B1+B2

Advanced Swedish Courses

Swedish B101

Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:15 p.m.
Instructor: Gregg White
Course materials: På God Väg textbok

Swedish B103

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m.
Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Rivstart B1+B2, ch. 5

Advanced Swedish Conversation

Wednesday, September 19, 1 p.m.
Instructor: Jean Hanslin
Course materials: Provided by Instructor

Swedish Literature B1 & B2

B1: Monday, Sept. 17, 4:15 p.m.
Instructor: Jean Hanslin 
Course materials: Min farbror blev svenskamerikansk

B2: Monday, Sept. 17, 6:15 p.m.
Instructor: Jean Hanslin 
Course materials: Projektet

Advanced Swedish Literature

Monday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m.
Instructor: Jean Hanslin 
Course materials: Moberg's lättläst Invandrare, p. 140

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 11:15 a.m.
Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Pastor Viveka och tanterna

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6:15 p.m.
Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Pastor Viveka och hundraårsjubileet

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.
Instructor: Jean Hanslin
Course materials:Moberg's lättläst Invandrare, p. 140

Thursday, Sept. 20, 11:15 a.m.
Instructor: Ingela Haaland
Course materials: Pastor Viveka och tanterna

Literature-based Swedish courses are held primarily in Swedish, with some English for clarification. They are intended for students who are studying at an Intermediate, Upper Intermediate or Advanced level of Swedish. These courses use a literary work as the basis for developing reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills, and include discussions of relevant culture, customs and grammar topics as they relate to the piece.