Intensive Swedish Language Classes
The Humanities Innovation Park of PetrSU hosts intensive course in the Swedish language for students of the Institute of Philology. The classes are held by Hakan Fink, an experienced teacher, a specialist in speaking practice.
“Starting from the second half of the 1990s our university have been regularly inviting lecturers from Sweden. This is important for students and teachers, as conversing with a native speaker is an invaluable experience of immersing in all the intricacies of language and culture. Thanks to the grant of the Swedish Institute we have invited Hakan Fink to hold a two-week long intensive course in the Swedish language,” says Oksana Abramova, the Director of the Institute of Philology, coordinator of the cooperation between PetrSU and the Swedish Institute.
Hakan Fink now lives and works in Germany where he teaches the Swedish and German languages at the Language Center of Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar.
- Hakan, is this your first visit to PetrSU? Please share your impressions.
- This is my first visit to the university, and since the first moment, I think everything is incredibly interesting. The university at which I work is based in several buildings, which are located around the city, so it was a bit unusual for me to enter such a large building, not knowing what lies ahead. This was impressive! Still, I was greeted by friendly students and amazing colleagues, who have made my stay here unforgettable. I am very grateful to them!
- How do you assess the students’ level of proficiency in the Swedish language?
- The level of proficiency is very good. It is interesting to work with them.
- Have you taught Russian students before?
- I work at Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar, I often meet Russian students at the German language courses, some of them even study Swedish. I have taught Russian students, including students from Petrozavodsk, at the Summer Courses of the Swedish Institute in Sweden.
- Are Russian students different from the students you work with in Germany?
- The difference between students from different countries is always present due to different cultures and backgrounds, but they are all united in curiosity and the interest in learning something new about these very same differences through a foreign language or even several languages. This is what I love about my work!
- Do you speak Russian?
- Unfortunately, my Russian is not that good, but I try to learn new words and phrases every day. Today I learned the phrase “Минеральную воду, пожалуйста” (Mineral water, please) and learned to ask for a receipt. The Russian language is hard, but given time and motivation, I hope I would be able to speak Russian just as well as your students speak Swedish.
Here is what the students said after the classes:
Diana Desnitskaya, 3rd-year student:
“For two weeks we have been attending the classes held by amazing Swedish lecturer Hakan Fink. All the while, every day we practiced the Swedish language, at the lectures we learned new facts about both Sweden and the Swedish language, we talked a lot, mastered our Swedish, constantly developed vocabulary, played board games in the Swedish language. In my opinion for someone who studies a foreign language an opportunity to converse with a native speaker is a dream come true. When you speak the language you have studied for a long time and understand everything said by a native speaker it is true happiness.”
Liubov Kolosova, 4th-year students:
“Our classes with Hakan Fink are very exciting, useful and of course fun. Thanks to most engaging games, discussions of literature, Swedish songs, and other topics we master the Swedish language and learn more about the culture of Sweden.”