PetrSU Swedish Language Svearike School Completed the First Semester with the Celebration of Christmas
The Swedish language Svearike School completed the first academic semester. The Svearike is organized by the Department of Germanic Philology and Scandinavian Studies with the support of the Swedish Institute.
The third-year students who study Swedish as their main language are teaching Swedish at this school, under the guidance of the teachers of the Department of German Philology and Scandinavian Studies. For them, this is an opportunity not only to share their knowledge but also understand the peculiarities of the Swedish language, as well as get acquainted with the intricacies of the pedagogical process.
The school’s student body is varied, as there are students from Petrozavodsk schools, university students, people who have already found their place and work in completely different fields, but all of them are united in their desire to learn the Swedish language and learn the history and culture of Sweden.
The classes began in October 2018, and during these three months, the school participants had a chance to master the basics of the language and begin to speak Swedish, and also get acquainted with the culture of this Nordic country.
Candidate of Philological Sciences and the Director of the Institute of Philology of PetrSU Oksana Abramova taught the Svearike participants about the peculiarities of reading and pronunciation in Swedish.
Alexander Tolstikov, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of World History, Political Science and International Relations, gave a lecture on the history of Sweden. He told about the origin of the kingdom name and about the most important historical events that took place before the 16th century. Next semester, Alexander Tolstikov will talk about the subsequent development of the history of Sweden and its relations with Russia.
On the eve of the New Year, Elena Safron, Associate professor of the Department of German Philology and Scandinavian Studies, Candidate of Philological Sciences, told about Christmas traditions. She explained which customs had existed earlier and continue to be respected to this day by the people of Sweden. She also described how this relates to mythology and folklore. Of course, this field of culture in the Nordic countries is so extensive that it is impossible even to partially embrace everything in one lesson. Therefore, in the spring semester, Elena Safron will recommence introducing everyone interested to this part of the culture.
It should be reminded that the lectures that are held as part of the Svearike School are open, and absolutely everyone who wants to get acquainted with the culture of Scandinavia can attend them.
The academic semester ended with a final test and the celebration of Christmas, where school participants not only learned what Swedish people usually do for Christmas but also were able to take part in a traditional holiday and take in the magical spirit: they listened to Christmas songs, tried homemade ginger cookies and glögg. As a pleasant bonus, the Swedish Institute presented souvenirs.
The Swedish Svearike School wishes everyone a Happy New Year and Merry Christmas, and it is looking forward to the public lectures in 2019! God jul och Gott nytt år!
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