There are no online degree programs in Swedish language studies; however, one may find online language and culture courses through a few cultural centers and university continuing education departments. Some students use online instruction in Swedish language to fulfill requirements for other degree programs in areas such as business or history. These programs might require students to obtain language CDs and DVDs to complete some coursework.
Course Information and Requirements
Swedish language courses generally include written, spoken and visual aids. In some programs, all audiovisual materials are provided online; in others, students must purchase CDs, DVDs and other materials. Most courses also include an online discussion forum where students can communicate with each other and the instructor through a course management system or Voice Over IP (VOIP) technology.
Classes are offered at a variety of levels, from beginning to advanced. Students usually have the option of enrolling in just one course or taking multiple classes in sequence, depending on their ambitions.
Online courses use a variety of media to teach students to write, read, speak and understand the Swedish language. Most distance learning Swedish courses also include discussions of Scandinavian history and culture to help students understand the language in its context and relate to its speakers. Common Swedish courses include the following:
A beginning Swedish course, intended for students with no previous knowledge of the language, covers basic aspects of Swedish language grammar and vocabulary and introduces students to Swedish culture and society. After completing a beginning course, students should be able to read simple texts and carry on basic conversations.
Students are introduced to advanced grammar and vocabulary. They learn to read advanced texts and participate in complex conversations.
Scandinavian History and Culture
This class emphasizes the social context of the Swedish language. Topics covered may include Norse mythology, Viking migrations and contemporary Scandinavian businesses and economic influences.
Knowledge of Swedish can be useful for international businesspeople, scholars, translators, interpreters and linguists. Because Swedish is closely related to Danish, Icelandic and Norwegian, those who speak Swedish are prepared to communicate with a variety of Scandinavian people and cultures. Scandinavia is also an important business center, home to many large international corporations including IKEA and NOKIA, and knowledge of the Swedish language is, therefore, potentially helpful for businesspeople.
Online language and culture courses that focus on the Swedish language are an option for those looking to study Swedish remotely, as fully online degree programs in the field do not currently exist. These courses involve a number of different learning techniques and may require students to acquire specific materials, such as CDs or DVDs.