Swedish language education for Swedish pupils abroad
In cooperation with the International School of Lausanne (ISL) The Swedish School Association offers Swedish language teaching from school year 1-13 (age 5/6 to 17/18) to pupils with Swedish as their mother tongue. Teaching takes place within the regular school day and as part of the ISL curriculum. This opportunity is unique for Swedish pupils at ISL.
The education not only develops the Swedish language but it has also importance for the pupil’s identity by strengthening their Swedish cultural heritage.
Apart from Swedish language teaching, The Swedish School Association offers, with the help of teachers and parents, a number of other activities:
- An annual and traditional celebration of Lucia on ISL for all the school’s teachers and students
- Swedish food table with traditional Swedish delicacies at the celebration of the annual International Day at ISL
- A fact-finding visit to Stockholm, usually in the school year 11 (age15/16), including a visit to the Stockholm City Hall, the National Museum, the Nordic Museum, the Strindberg Museum as well as one to two visits to Dramaten (the most famous theatre in Sweden)
- Traditional Swedish end of the school year celebration where we sing Swedish Summer Songs and enjoy some typical Swedish food
The Swedish School Association of ISL is accountable to the Swedish National Agency for Education. Education follows the curriculum decided by the Swedish National Agency for Education and is provided by fully trained Swedish teachers. The education is coherent with Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) as well as the diploma Programme (DP). The Swedish language tuition given as part of the IB follows the IB-programme (International Baccalaureate diploma programme).
For year 1-6, Swedish is taught two hours per week, for year 7-11, it is three hours as well as weekly one hour individual study time. At Year 12-13 (IB-level), Swedish is taught four hours per week at the standard level and five hours per week at the higher level.
Membership of The Swedish School Association is given to families with children who have Swedish as their mother tongue. At least one guardian should speak Swedish at home. Membership is given to students who are enrolled at the International School of Lausanne and who wish to participate in Swedish education.
The Swedish School Association is a non-profit association. The income consists of government grants from Sweden and Finland, student fees and donations from companies. For further information, please contact Franziska Kröll or EvaLotte Rosenholmer (contact information available in the right column)
Links: the Swedish National Agency for Education, Skolverket http://www.skolverket.se/forskola-och-skola/utbildning_utomlands/svensk_undervisning_i_utlandet/2.2465
SUF-Svenska Utlandsskolors Förening, http://www.suf.c.se/
Riksföreningen Sverigkontakt, http://www.sverigekontakt.se/
Objectives of the Curriculum decided by the Swedish National Agency for Education
"Teaching in supplementary Swedish should aim to maintain and further develop knowledge in and of Swedish to make it easier for students to stay in Sweden for a longer or shorter time. Through the education, pupils should be given the opportunity to develop their spoken and written language so that they become actively two-or multilingual and may have confidence in their ability and to express themselves in different contexts and for different purposes.
The tuition should contribute to the pupils gaining knowledge of the structure of the Swedish language. Teaching should also stimulate the pupils' interest in speaking, reading and writing in Swedish. Through the tuition, pupils should be introduced to and get knowledge of fiction, other aesthetic storytelling and various forms of non-fictional texts in Swedish. Pupils should thus be given the opportunity to develop their own language, their own identity and understanding to the outside world.
The tuition should also contribute to the students developing knowledge of how to formulate their own opinions and ideas in various texts. They should also be encouraged to express themselves through other aesthetic forms of expression. The tuition should also provide the pupils with instruments to develop their cultural identity. Through the education, pupils should therefore be given opportunities to develop their interest in, and their knowledge of the culture, nature and society in Sweden.
The tuition should also contribute to the pupils gaining a comparative approach to cultures and languages.
In summary; through the tuition in Supplementary Swedish, pupils should be given the opportunity to develop their ability to:
- Express and communicate in both speech and writing
- Adapt the language for different purposes, recipients and contexts
- Discern linguistic structures and comply with linguistic standards
- Read and analyse fiction and other texts for different purposes, and
- Reflect on traditions, cultural phenomena, nature and social issues in Sweden based on comparisons of conditions in other countries. "