Swedish course outline

The Cactus Course Outlines provide a learning framework for the Cactus Foreign Language Evening Courses. They are designed to provide you with a good idea of what you might cover over a 10-week period, and include typical themes, grammar and vocabulary fields. They are flexible rather than prescriptive, in that our teachers may decide to adapt their learning plans to the specific level, aims and interests of their classes. Use the tabs below to view the relevant Swedish course outline for your level.

Swedish Beginner 1

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Introducing yourself and others
  • Greetings and goodbyes
  • Family
  • At home
  • Daily routines
  • At work
  • In the shop
  • Ordering food and drink
  • At the station
  • Professions

Grammar:

  • Word order – questions
  • Personal pronouns
  • Indefinite form of nouns
  • Present simple
  • uestion words
  • Questions with interrogatives
  • Pronunciation – long and short vowel
  • The indefinite form of nouns
  • Normal word order
  • The Swedish alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Times of the day
  • Definite form of nouns
  • Word order
  • The present tense and imperative form of verbs
  • The infinitive form of verbs
  • The plural form of nouns
  • Modal verbs
  • Prepositions “i” and “på”

Cultural Content:

  • Swedish culture
  • Live and work in Sweden

Skills Work:

  • Speaking activities such as introducing yourself and others, asking basic questions and buying and ordering food
  • Basic pronunciation such as short and long vowels
  • Listening for basic information
  • Writing short messages

Swedish Beginner 2

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Leisure
  • Activities – what do you want to do?
  • Culture
  • The future
  • Family and friends
  • Then and now – talking about past events
  • In the supermarket
  • In a new country
  • Food and drink – likes and dislikes

Grammar:

  • The infinitive and present tense form of verbs
  • Adverbs: aldrig, sällan, ibland, ofta, alltid
  • Weekdays
  • Modals
  • Inflection of adjectives
  • Word order
  • Adjectives
  • The future with “ska”, “planerar”, “tänker” etc.
  • Past tense of verbs
  • Possessive pronouns
  • Time expressions in the past
  • Relative pronoun “som”
  • Prepositions “bakom”, “under”, “framför” etc.
  • Adjectives: comparative and superlative
  • Word order
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Indefinite and definite plural forms

Cultural Content:

  • Swedish culture
  • Swedish food
  • Live and work in Sweden
  • Famous Swedes
  • Formal and informal greetings

Skills Work:

  • Speaking activities such as asking for help and clarification, talking about past events and arranging meetings
  • Basic pronunciation
  • Listening exercises
  • Writing short messages

Swedish Beginner 3

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Tourism
  • Sweden – country and climate
  • Travelling in Sweden
  • Transportation
  • Getting around in Sweden – asking for directions
  • On the phone
  • Writing messages – sms, emails, notes
  • Typically Swedish
  • Facts about Sweden

Grammar:

  • Present Perfect
  • Prepositions with time
  • Weather, months and seasons
  • Time adverbs
  • Revision of dates
  • Revision of modal verbs
  • Means of transport
  • Time prepositions
  • Verbs “går” and “åker”
  • Prepositions – place
  • Pronouns objective
  • Word order – review
  • Prepositions – review
  • Compound words
  • Swedish – informal and formal language
  • Verb forms – review

Cultural Content:

  • Swedish culture
  • Swedish traditions
  • Education in Sweden
  • Swedish at work
  • Travelling in Sweden

Skills Work:

  • Speaking activities such as describing likes and dislikes , telephone conversations, asking for and giving directions
  • Writing practice such as text messages and emails
  • Listening exercises
  • Pronunciation rules

Swedish Elementary 1

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Internet
  • Giving instructions
  • Making plans
  • Eating out
  • At work
  • Professional life
  • In the city and on the countryside
  • Swedish etiquette
  • At the party

Grammar:

  • Adjectives – characteristics
  • Nouns – review
  • The pronoun “man”
  • IT vocabulary
  • Demonstrative pronouns “den här”, “den där”
  • Conjunctions “eller”, “men”, “för” and “så”
  • Adjectives: comparative and superlative – review
  • Verbs – review
  • Time expressions
  • Adverbs
  • Time prepositions – review
  • Reported speech
  • Pronouns ”ingen, inget, inga”
  • Subordinate conjunctions
  • Word order – Subordinate clauses
  • Writing invitations
  • Comparing options

Cultural Content:

  • Swedish culture
  • Working in Sweden
  • Swedish etiquette
  • Cultural differences
  • Swedish nature

Skills Work:

  • Speaking activities such as giving instructions, making suggestions and giving advice, giving and asking for personal information, expressing opinions and beliefs, ordering food and drinks
  • Pronunciation
  • Listening exercises
  • Writing practice such as emails, invitations, CV and letters

Swedish Elementary 2

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Swedish news
  • Travelling in Sweden
  • Describing people
  • Education
  • At work
  • In the future
  • Housing
  • How do you live?
  • Living in the city and countryside

Grammar:

  • Possessive pronouns – review
  • Verbs tycka, tänka, tro
  • Asking for and giving information
  • Adjectives – review
  • Reflexive pronouns
  • Listening for information
  • Word order – review
  • Giving personal background information
  • Different ways to talk about the future
  • Time prepositions – review
  • Prepositions of place
  • Adjectives: comparatives and superlatives revision
  • Describing and comparing
  • Irregular adjectives
  • Subordinate clauses

Cultural content:

  • Sweden in the news
  • Swedish culture
  • Living and working in Sweden
  • Studying in Sweden

Skills Work:

  • Speaking activities such as making future plans, asking for and giving travel information and making arrangements
  • Writing practice such as emails, letters and short articles
  • Pronunciation
  • Listening exercises

Swedish Elementary 3

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Communication
  • In the work place
  • Small talk
  • Health
  • ow are you feeling?
  • Life style
  • Mass media
  • News

Grammar:

  • Word order: subordinate clauses
  • The definite form of adjectives
  • Formal and informal
  • Question words – review
  • Short answers “Ja, det gör jag”, ”Nej, det gör jag inte”
  • The word ”Jo”
  • Time prepositions: How often?
  • Subordinate conjunctions
  • Noun forms – review
  • Regular verbs – revision
  • Irregular verbs
  • Irregular verbs

Cultural Content:

  • Travelling in Sweden
  • Swedish culture
  • Formal and informal language
  • Sweden in the news
  • Living in Sweden
  • Swedish etiquette

Skills Work:

  • Speaking activities such as opening and closing phone calls, agreeing and disagreeing and asking for advice
  • Writing practice such as messages and short articles
  • Pronunciation
  • Listening exercises

Swedish Intermediate 1

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Lifestyle
  • Sport and healthy living
  • Swedish traditions
  • Social life
  • Friends and family
  • Famous Swedes
  • Money, money, money
  • Professional life
  • Debating – pros and cons

Grammar:

  • Prepositions review
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns review
  • Abbreviations
  • Verb review
  • Personal and reflexive pronouns – review
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Word order in main and sub clauses
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Conjunctions
  • Compounds
  • Adjective+noun
  • Irregular verbs

Cultural Content:

  • Swedish culture
  • Swedish traditions
  • Working in Sweden
  • Famous Swedes

Skills Work:

  • Speaking activities such as stating point of view, indicating preferences, agreeing and disagreeing
  • Listening exercises
  • Writing practice such as responding to letters, emails and short articles
  • Pronunciation

Swedish Intermediate 2

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Wildlife in Sweden
  • Nature in Sweden
  • In the news
  • Leisure
  • Social life
  • Good and bad habits
  • Facts about Sweden
  • Sweden – politics and laws
  • Taboos

Grammar:

  • Verbs review
  • Present participle
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Word order review
  • Prepositions review
  • Reported speech
  • Relative pronoun “vilken”
  • Second conditional
  • The future tense review
  • Word families

Cultural Content:

  • Swedish culture
  • Nature and wildlife in Sweden
  • Sweden in the news
  • Living in Sweden
  • Taboos
  • The Swedish royal family
  • Politics and laws

Skills Work:

  • Speaking activities such as discussing current issues, talking about the course of events
  • Pronunciation
  • Writing practice such as emails, letters and short articles
  • Listening exercises

Swedish Intermediate 3

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Swedish regions
  • Swedish food culture
  • Swedish films
  • Swedish history
  • Kings and queens
  • Scandinavia
  • Facts and myths
  • True or false?
  • Did you know that…?

Grammar:

  • Relative pronouns and adverbs
  • Prepositions review
  • Perfect participle
  • Verb tenses review
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Time expressions
  • Verbs: “tycker, tanker, tror”
  • Modal verbs
  • Adjectives: comparative and superlative

Cultural Content:

  • Swedish culture
  • Swedish film
  • Swedish history
  • Swedish food culture
  • The Scandinavian countries

Skills Work:

  • Speaking activities such as presenting thoughts and opinions, asking for information and clarification, giving reasons and explaining opinions, discussions
  • Writing practice such as emails and letters
  • Listening exercises
  • Pronunciation

Swedish Upper Intermediate

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Tourism
  • Travelling in Sweden
  • Swedish culture
  • Crime
  • Law and order
  • In the news
  • Challenges
  • Moving to a new country
  • Sport

Grammar:

  • Verbs “tycker, tror, tänker”
  • The definite and indefinite form of nouns review
  • The passive form of verbs
  • Pronouns: man, en, sin
  • Deponent and intransitive verbs
  • Perfect participles with verbs “vara” and “bli”
  • Second and third conditionals
  • Adverbs: “ju”, “väl”, “nog”
  • Present perfect in the future
  • Words for making comparisons
  • Verb tense review

Cultural Content:

  • Travelling in Sweden
  • Swedish culture
  • Sweden in the news
  • Moving to Sweden

Skills Work:

  • Speaking activities such as comparing views and ideas, talking about past experiences, stating and responding to points of view
  • Pronunciation
  • Writing practice such as emails and letters
  • Listening exercises

Swedish Advanced

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Swedish traditions
  • Swedish festivals
  • Swedish literature
  • Stereotypes
  • In the office
  • Consumer rights – making complaints
  • Working in Sweden
  • Professional life
  • Employment

Grammar:

  • Indefinite form of nouns review
  • Verb tenses review
  • Idioms
  • Irregular verbs
  • Adjectives review
  • Word order review
  • Transitive and intransitive verbs
  • Demonstrative pronouns review
  • Word order review
  • Prepositional phrases
  • Evaluative adjectives

Cultural Content:

  • Swedish culture
  • Swedish traditions
  • Swedish festivals
  • Swedish literature
  • Working in Sweden
  • Idiomatic expressions
  • Formal and informal language

Skills Work:

  • Speaking activities such as making complaints, discuss problems and suggest solutions, expressing opinions
  • Writing practice such as emails and letters
  • Pronunciation
  • Listening exercises

Swedish Proficiency

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Family and friends
  • Home- and family life
  • Swedish film
  • Norse mythology
  • Heroes
  • The old and the new
  • Swedish codes
  • Typically Swedish
  • Working in Sweden

Grammar:

  • Verbs “ligger, står, sitter”
  • Idioms colours
  • Prepositions review
  • Adjectives review
  • Verb tenses review
  • Conjunctions
  • Informal and formal language
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Nouns review
  • Adjectives review

Cultural Content:

  • Swedish culture
  • Swedish film
  • Swedish history
  • Religion in Sweden
  • Swedish codes
  • Working in Sweden

Skills Work:

  • Speaking activities such as discussing current issues, advantages and disadvantages and comparing views
  • Writing practice such as emails and letters
  • Pronunciation
  • Listening exercises
 

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