Goals for Learning Swedish
Goal setting is a must. Yes you have heard it before. I know. Hopefully you also practice it. Sometimes the goal for learning Swedish is “I want to be fluent” or “I want to be able to speak without FEAR”. But being a bit more specific is a wise strategy for acquiring language skills, as well as any skill. Here is some inspiration for the language learner. One of my Swedish via Skype students was recently interviewed by Digitala Affärer about learning Swedish, and her clear and highly rewarding goal of being able to participate in a Swedish conference. In Sweden. In Swedish! Link to article at bottom of post.
Goals for Learning Swedish – our strategy?
- Watching videos of speeches from for instance Webbdagarna (“the Web Days”)
- listening comprehension
- summarizing; written or oral presentation
- reviewing, reflecting and criticizing
- comparing (use of language, articulation, topics)
- “Analyzing” web pages on the topic – anything from WebCoast to small business companies within web design
- Collecting internet and web related words to build glossary
- Reading newspaper and magazine articles – practicing scanning and summarizing without preparation
- And most importantly working towards a high confidence in speaking the Swedish language
Since the conference was scheduled we had a time frame. The work was of course always done with an eye on grammar and structure, remembering acquiring new vocabulary, pronunciation and learning about Swedish culture and phenomena!
Link to Christas impressions of the conference