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Swedish as the Second Official Language

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: IST4003
Type: Compulsory / Basic Studies
Curriculum: ST 2018
Level: Bachelor of Engineering
Year of Study: 1 (2018-2019)
Semester: Spring
Credits: 5 cr
Responsible Teacher: Isokangas, Sari
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Academic Year 2018-2019

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
3I-TT-3N2018-08-31 – 2018-12-21Sari IsokangasFinnish2018-08-20 – 2018-09-17
4I-ST-1N2019-01-07 – 2019-04-30Sari IsokangasFinnish2018-12-10 – 2019-01-14

Still need to take the course? See the courses during the academic year 2021-2022.

Learning Outcomes

The student will attain writing and speaking skills in Swedish language required in one’s profession, as stipulated by The Language Decree 6.6.2003/424 . The student can communicate in writing and orally in working life communication situations. Target level CEFR B1 (-C1 VY).

Student's Workload

135 h, of which 70 h scheduled at VAMK, 20 h + 36 h at UVA.

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

Secondary education syllabus (VAMK). Vaasa University: Senior secondary school syllabus in Swedish as the first foreign language (grade l, e, m or c) or senior secondary school syllabus in Swedish as a second foreign language (grade l, e or m) or corresponding skills and an acceptably passed placement test.


Speaking and writing skills needed in working life, exercises in various communication situations in working life and interaction skills. Texts and vocabulary pertaining to engineering.

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

Material compiled by the teacher.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Speaking and writing skills.

Assessment Criteria

Grade in scale 1-5 /fail, as well as a grade in satisfactory (1-3) and good /4-5)/fail for speaking and writing skills, in accordance with the Language Decree on the second official language.
Grade 5: The student can communicate fluently and use an appropriate style in challenging communication situations in working life. S/he can communicate actively and can apply the language learnt during the course in a variety of ways. The student understands and produces speech and writing that is challenging contents wise. The student can use Swedish language correctly and mostly without mistakes.
Grade 3: The student manages fairly well in speaking and writing situations in working life and in other ever day life. The student can write a unified text contents wise. S/he understands speech spoken in normal tempo but unfamiliar topics produce difficulties.
Grade 1: The student can communicate so that s/he is understood in simple and routine communication situations in working life and other situations. The student understands the essential parts of a text and speech if the topic is familiar.

Assessment Methods

Written examinations and presentations, interviews, oral exam. Attendance requirement 80 % at VAMK and 100 % at UVA, active participation in activities required. The students of UVA have a possibility to complete the course at VAMK, and vice versa.