Good Teaching is Good Learning

We know that learning any new language is hard work, and each learning process is unique. We listen to your needs, and offer a variety of training formats, which will be discussed during your diagnostic consultancy.

The job of your Swedish language teacher is to give each student the chance to learn, develop and practise their language skills in a positive environment, according to their own experiences and references. The  content of all our Swedish language courses is always adapted according to your specific needs, and your progress will be evaluated together with your teacher on a regular basis, with your specific learning goals in mind.

To ensure all of this, we do not offer any standard courses, but customise each package according to your unique learning experience and practical questions.

Your motivation results from systematic practice

Relevance & Context

Our training packages are offered only on demand. This means they will always be designed with your particular needs, challenges and goals in mind. We will also adapt the course content according to your personal and professional interests.

Efficiency

From the very first moment of your first class, teaching is exclusively in Swedish, to maximise your learning outcome. During your classes, we will focus on spoken production, interaction and correction of errors. Reading, written assignments and grammar exercises make up appropriate homework.

Applicability

Theoretical exercises are always designed with practical use in mind, and reflecting cultural norms and social codes. You will use your skills in a communicative setting, immediately.

Measurable Progress

We map your existing skills and work towards a goal level, using the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Your progress is continuously evaluated together with your teacher.

Professionalism

Our teachers are skilled and experienced, with personal international experience, and Master degrees in relevant subjects.

Relevance & Context

Our training packages are offered only on demand. This means they will always be designed with your particular needs, challenges and goals in mind. We will also adapt the course content according to your personal and professional interests.

Efficiency

From the very first moment of your first class, teaching is exclusively in Swedish, to maximise your learning outcome. During your classes, we will focus on spoken production, interaction and correction of errors. Reading, written assignments and grammar exercises make up appropriate homework.

Applicability

Theoretical exercises are always designed with practical use in mind, and reflecting cultural norms and social codes. You will use your skills in a communicative setting, immediately.

Measurable Progress

We map your existing skills and work towards a goal level, using the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Your progress is continuously evaluated together with your teacher.

Professionalism

Our teachers are skilled and experienced, with personal international experience, and Master degrees in relevant subjects.

Comprehensive Training

I feel much more motivated on keep on learning Swedish after finishing a module with Bee Swedish. When doing other courses I wondered myself how much I had actually learn, whereas with Bee Swedish I feel the step by step improvement. I also feel more motivated on coming out of my shell and practicing with some colleagues, which is a big challenge for me.

Vanessa Macedo

Designer, Brazil

Fly towards your next goal.

  • Levels A1 – C1-, a total of 480 hours.
  • We start at your existing level and work towards your first goal level.
  • Learning focus on practical use of all language skills, spoken fluency, pronunciation, conversation, writing, listening and reading skills.
  • Students are asked to actively participate in class exercises that often include spoken interaction.
  • Course Literature: Rivstart (Levy-Scherrer, Lindemalm).
  • You choose the frequency and length of course sessions.

Themed Courses

What is important to you?

A themed course could be a way for you to take your Swedish to the next level through focusing on what is important to you. It could be a particular challenge you are experiencing, or within a field where you are, or wish to, use Swedish.

We begin each course package with a diagnostic consultancy, free of charge, where we assess your existing skills, discuss you needs, goals, personal and professional interests, your preferences and your priorities. From that, we draw a personalised course plan taking all of this in mind.

Dijna always made sure to give me exercises with content relevant to my work. Due to our classes feeling so easy going I got the confidence to speak more and more. I am now using Swedish daily at work, even holding meetings and presentations in Swedish.

I can definitely recommend Bee Swedish and my teacher Dijna if you are looking for effective and personalised Swedish classes.

Laura de Clercq

Intercultural Communication & Integration, Belgium

Regardless of the theme, we will make sure you will have the opportunity to develop your overall skills in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, social codes, study technique.

The scope and duration of your training package is depends on your needs, timeframe, focus and budget. This is something we talk about during your free diagnostic consultancy.

During my one-to-one tuition, we reviewed the A2 syllabus, paying attention to my weak sides (which was making a conversation, most of all). Sofi had chosen the topics based on my interests (music, travelling, running) so it was fun to talk/write about. I was now able to make a speech instead of just some words and rules that I couldn’t make into sentences. I learned a lot of new words including slang words that I was especially interested in. I would definitely recommend Bee Swedish! Individual lessons adjusted to the skills and interests of the student is the best way to learn the language.

Olga Talalay

Economist, Russia

Swedish for Professionals B1-B2

This course gives you a comprehensive introduction to not only work-related vocabulary and expressions, but also common phrases, cultural codes and reading material related to Swedish work culture, employment law, processes and professional relationships.

This is complemented with exercises in grammar, pronunciation, and semantics according to your needs.

Scope: 15-60 hours

Course literature: Rivstart Yrkesliv (Levy-Scherrer, Lindemalm)

Swedish for Job Seekers (B1-B2)

This training package is designed to boost your Swedish language and culture confidence prior to a job seeking process. We coach you through common job seeking languages and expressions, and help you to take your documentation to another level, integrating the necessary linguistic and cultural codes.

Content:

  • CV & Cover letter templates.
  • Marking (not translation) of CV and cover letter based on our templates.
  • Personal qualities, vocabulary and cultural bias. Story-telling.
  • Cultural codes and job-seeking etiquette.
  • Presenting your work experience and education.
  • Expressing your interest in the new position and organisation.
  • Interview etiquette, common questions, reaction phrases.
  • Salary negotiation.
  • First day at work.

Scope: A total of 12 hours.

No course literature is required, a handout from Bee Swedish is included in the course fee.

Swedish for Leadership Purposes (B2-C2)

Are you an international professional leading a team in Sweden? We know your challenges when it comes to language and communication in your work, taking into account not only linguistic but also cultural aspects of Swedish work culture. Together with a team of experienced leaders from the private and public sectors, we have designed a Swedish language course package customised for leadership purposes.

The aim of this course is to make you more confident, accurate, effective and professional when communicating with your team, taking your Swedish language skills and cultural awareness to the next level.

Practical linguistic tools for culturally charged situations in the Swedish workplace:

  • Consensus, compromise, negotiation
  • Expressing and receiving feedback and criticism
  • Giving instructions and following up
  • Networking and small-talk
  • Expressing opinions and moderating conflicting arguments
  • Etiquette for internal and external communication (spoken and written)
  • Presentations and meetings
  • Listening

Reading and discussions related to cultural aspects specific to Sweden:

  • Management style and leadership culture
  • The individual and the team
  • Decision making processes
  • The role of trade unions
  • Private and public
  • Work/life balance
  • Social status and authority

Scope: A total of 15 hours.

No course literature is required, a handout from Bee Swedish is included in the course fee.

Small Talk for Professional Purposes (B1-C1)

Are you dreading lunch and fika breaks at work, or feeling awkward when you find yourself next to a colleague on the train back home?

Small talk is an essential skill to network, sustain professionals contacts and improve the relationship between colleagues and business partners.

We help you to become more confident when interacting in informal but professional settings, at the same time as you will get the opportunity to receive immediate feedback on your Swedish, and tailor-made language exercises according to your specific needs.

  • Common conversation topics and taboos in professional contexts.
  • Starting, maintaining and finishing a conversation
  • Listening and answering without interruption.
  • Expressions for interest, surprise, sympathy, disgust, excitement, compliments, gratitude, regret.
  • Suggesting ideas or plans.

Scope: A total of 9 hours.

No course literature is required, a handout from Bee Swedish is included in the course fee.

Swedish for Researchers (B2)

The content of this training package is based on interviews with researchers from Stockholm Univeristy, KTH, Handelshögskolan and Uppsala University, and reflects the linguistic needs of international researchers working for Swedish academic institutions and industry.

The aim of the course is to give participants linguistic tools to talk and write about their work in informal contexts, primarily for networking purposes within their field.

Course content:

  • Advanced vocabulary for abstract reasoning.
  • Functional voabulary for structuring speech and writing.
  • Grammar with focus on tenses, chains of events and hypothetical scenarios. 
  • Cause and consequence, chronology.
  • Numbers, statistics and numerical relationships.
  • Cultural codes for professional networking.

Course literature: Avacera ord (Mathlein, Trevisani), and a handout from Bee Swedish.

Scope: 18 hours

Swedex Exam Preparation (A2, B1, B2)

Prepare for your Swedex exam with certified test leaders. We are experienced test leaders for Swedex at levels A2, B1 and B2, and we are familiar with the form and content of the exam, as well as common mistake related to your first and second languages.

Prior to your course start, we make an assessment of your existing skills, and determine the scope of the course as well as suitable course literature according to your needs and level.

TISUS Exam Preparation (C1)

We can help you to prepare for the TISUS exam, working on general language skills on level C1 (that TISUS is testing) as well as specific tasks with a strong preparatory focus on the different parts of the TISUS exam: reading comprehension, essay writing and spoken production and interaction.

The course is adapted to your needs, but normally has a strong focus on functional and specific vocabulary for abstract reasoning, subclauses for expressing cause/consequence and speculation. We also practise linguistic tools related to the social codes tested at the oral exams, and general reading comprehension techniques.

Prior to your course start, we make an assessment of your existing skills, and determine the scope of the course as well as suitable course literature according to your needs and level.

Pronunciation A1-C2

Our pronunciation courses are adapted according to your particular needs and goals. A pronunciation course is designed to improve not just the way you speak, but also your listening skills.

It is designed to follow three steps:

1. Make yourself understood. Focus on prosody (rhythm)

2. Speak with cccuracy (specific sounds)

3. Make it perfect (tone)

Prior to your course start, we make a detailed analysis of your pronunciation challenges, and design a customised package to cover your first step.

Course literature and scope is determined according to the result of this diagnostic consultancy,

Conversation B1-C2

Improve your spoken Swedish in an informal and constructive context.
A conversation programme is an excellent way to integrate new vocabulary, practise grammar and improve your pronunciation, whilst focusing on linguistic tools for interaction and cultural codes.

The content will be reflecting your personal and professional interests, and the scope of the course dependent on your needs and budget. We normally recommend a minimum of five sessions. No course literature is required, but you will be asked to read newspaper articles, watch TV and listen to the radio between sessions.

Swedish Literature B2-C2

Explore the Swedish language and culture through the frame of Swedish literature.

Course literature: according to your existing level, interests, ambitions and preferences, we will decide on a shorter or longer piece of fiction that you will be reading between sessions.

During your classes, you will discuss questions brought up in your reading material, as well as looking at the language, vocabulary, expressions, and tone.

Swedish News and Current Affairs B2-C2

Learn more about Swedish society at the same time as you improve your spoken and written Swedish. We follow Swedish news and discuss current affairs and political questions. We have a strong focus on cultural codes for expressing conflicting opinions, vocabulary and cultural references. This will be complemented in exercises in grammar, semantics and pronunciation according to your needs.

No course literature is required, but you will be asked to read newspaper articles, watch TV and listen to the radio between sessions.

This course can be effectively be combined with the TISUS syllabus.

Swedish Word Order

Word order and sentence structure is the most difficult thing about Swedish grammar. This course will help you to sort out that word order, in spoken and written Swedish, once and for all.

From years of experience, we can explain the system of main clauses and subclauses, but primarily, make you integrate this in your own spoken and written language.

Content:

  • Main clauses
  • Integration of subclauses in the form of adverbials
  • Integration of subclauses in the form of object
  • Subclauses internal structure
  • Reported speech

The aim of this course is not to make you an expert on theoretical grammar. Instead, we use subclauses as a tool to make your spoken and written Swedish more nuanced, focusing on cause and consequence, chains of events, contrasts and explanations.

No course literature is required, but you will receive a handout from Bee Swedish.

Scope: 12 hours.

Improve your Written Swedish B1-C1

Improve your written Swedish for professional, academic or creative purposes.

Regardless of specialisation, or writing courses always have the reader in focus, and the syllabus is designed to take this into account in terms of formality, tone, level of sector-specific vocabulary, rhetoric and complexity.

You will received immediate and detailed feedback on your writing, you will be given customised exercises based on the specific ways you need to develop your written language.

Content and scope will be decided upon according to your needs, after a diagnostic consultancy.

Specialist Training

Medical Swedish

Focus

As a healthcare professional you use language as a tool to communicate not only with your peers, but also with your patients, the general public and public authorities.

On top of terminology specific to the healthcare, we put a strong focus on patient safety and comfort. Prepositions for time and correct tenses are central to the course, and so is pronunciation, linked with listening.

PYS (prov i yrkessvenska) Medicin

Validation of Swedish Language Skills for Medical Staff

In collaboration with Yrkessvenska, we are now able to validate your Swedish language skills on C1 level. PYS Medicin is a Swedish language exam for medical staff, developed by Emil Molander at Yrkessvenska. Since 2016, Socialstyrelsen accepts a certificate telling of your successful completion of PYS as sufficient validation of Swedish, level C1.

Exam dates

28:th of October 2017, Jakobsbergs folkhögskola, Järfälla, Stockholm.

Price: 3000 SEK (including VAT 25%)

Learn more about PYS, and register for your exam, at yrkessvenska.se/en/pys/.

We will also be offering an online exam preparatory course starting in August 2017. More information coming soon.

Medical Swedish – one-to-one Tuition

We offer specialised Swedish training for medical staff, with sector-specific vocabulary and commonly used phrases useful for work as a medical doctor or other healthcare professional in Sweden. The focus lies on communication both with patients and colleagues, in spoken and written form. During classes, we practice to conduct patient dialogues and how to transfer this information into the patient’s medical history (anamnes). In order to train and activate the necessary vocabulary we also discuss medical questions related to your focus area.

One-to-one tuition is the most efficient and effective way to improve your skills, as the course plan will be customised according to your individual needs and goals, and you will receive immediate feedback from your teacher.

Medical Swedish is available for those who have completed B1 level (equivalent of 240 hours), and can be customised according to your needs on levels B2, C1 or C2.

Your Teacher

Your teacher Djina Wilk has five years of experience teaching medical Swedish to doctors, nurses, pharmacists, psychiatrists, in groups and on an individual level.

For more information about the course and course material, please contact the teacher in charge, Djina Wilk 070 143 14 45 or djina.wilk@beeswedish.com.

Swedish for Architects

Focus

On top of sector-specific terminology, that is relatively easy to acquire, our syllabus for Swedish for architects include some less tangible linguistic tools for expressing ideas related to spatial qualities, the building process, and internal communication practice.

  • Spatial relations.
  • Semantic fields for visual and tactile qualities.
  • Grammar with focus on the making and the made, perfect participles and the passive.
  • Phrasal verbs relating to building, modifying and
  • Internal and external communication, meetings, negotiation.
  • Presentation techniques.
  • Conjoined nouns & abbreviations of the building industry.
In-house corporate training
We arrange an in-house corporate training programme for your team, according to the particular needs and preferences of your organisation. Language training takes place at your premises, for your convenience, during office hours on a weekly basis. We suggest a training package after mapping all participants’ entry level, to ensure a good learning environment where progress is enable for everyone.
One-to-one tuition
One-to-one tuition is the most effecient way of improving your Swedish. We focus on your individual goals and challenges, and create exercises that relate to your professional life and interests.
Your Teacher

Sofi Tegsveden Deveaux was originally trained as an architect, at the University of Edinburgh. She later turned a Swedish language and culture professional. How and why is a long story, but please ask if you wish.

With her unique combination of skills, she combines her linguistic competence with that of a good understanding of the profession, she is able to pinpoint the linguistic tools that are necessary for architects to reach their career goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What level is my Swedish?

We use the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) to define your level. You can read the descriptors for each skills, to make a self-assessment your level, if you feel unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us for an assessment. Please note that we use goal levels for all our Swedish language courses, that is, if you take an A1 course, that means that you will reach A1 level at the end of the course.

How long will it take me to speak fluently?

This is a difficult question to answer, as many parameters need to be taken into account:

  • Your entry level.
  • Your goal level, according to CEFR, please download pdf here for level definitions.
  • Your first language, and previous languages learnt. A good knowledge of any Germanic language will help.
  • Experience of learning languages in general.
  • Exposure to Swedish on an everyday basis.
  • How much time you will be able to invest on homework and revision.

In a small group (1-4 participants), this would be a benchmark for how many hours (60 mins) of teaching each level requires:

A1: 25-40

A2: 25-40

B1: 60-80

B2: 90-120

C1: 90-120

I represent a company, can we have courses in our office?

Yes, we have many years of experience working with in-house language training. Together with you, we design a course package that matches your needs, goals and time frame. You choose whether one-to-one tuition, intensive training (max 4 participants) or group sessions is the best alternative for your organisation.

 

Can I take a course together with a colleague whose Swedish skills are not at the same level as mine?
To ensure your learning outcome and teaching quality, we teach only groups where all course participants are on the same entry level, according to the CEFR scale.
Can I take Swedish classes with you during my lunch hour?

In order to maintain our profile as a high-quality alternative for Swedish language training, we hire only the best teachers. There is no outsourcing. Naturally, this means there is less flexibility when it comes to teaching hours.

We normally work office hours, and a good work environment is important to us - especially as good teaching relies on the teacher’s health and well-being. With this in mind, our teachers are scheduled for lunch break between classes.

Our teaching slots typically look like 9.00 - 11.30, 13.30 - 15.00, and 15.30 - 17.00. (Exact hours may vary due to existing contracts and travel times.)

I am a private customer, can I take courses with you?

Yes, you can. We rarely offer ‘open’ group courses, but we can always give you a  tailor-made solution, for one to four participants. Our course packages are designed for individuals who are looking for high-quality teaching with a specific purpose. It takes the form of one-to-one tuition, and is a wise investment for learners on intermediate and advanced levels

You are welcome to our premises, or we come to your place of work for your classes.

I am not located in Stockholm, do you offer distance courses?
We can teach or coach you over Skype. This is not, technically speaking, a distance course, and we do not have any online educational platform for this. Instead, we re-create a physical learning environment, with course literature (books made with paper, that you can buy through bookdepository.com) and regular Skype sessions with your teacher. You are asked to complete written assignments and hand in, to receive personal feedback.
Do I need to do any homework?
We know that many of our clients have important jobs and very little time, so we always try to find a solution that suits everyone, but from experience we know that a little homework is necessary for your learning progress. This is particularly important on lower levels, or if course sessions are more than a few days apart. You will be asked to complete some exercises between each session. It could consist of grammar exercises, vocabulary or reading a text, in order to revise precious course session or prepare for the next. This also means there will be more time for interactive exercises during your class time, ensuring fast progress and efficiency.
What about the cost?

Our hourly rate refers to 60 mins (this varies within the education industry)  and varies with number of participants, the scope of your contract, and how much notice you would like to give for re-scheduling classes you are unable to attend to.

Please find our pricing plans here.