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3-minute Lessons. Learn Swedish in 30 Minutes - ALL the Basics You Need

Date of Publication

16 Feb 2018

Target Group


Domain Area

Business & Communication
International Relations

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning

Target Language


Language of Instruction


CEFR level


Type of Material

Guiding resources (online course/book)

Linguistic Features





The resource is a 30-minute course to learn the basics of Swedish. It is entitled Swedishpod101 and it is available on YouTube. It is composed of several lessons, with a duration of 3 minutes each. The lessons range from simple sentences (self-introductions and greetings) to more complex ones, such as making apologies, at a beginner’s level. It focuses mainly on pronunciation and the development of speaking skills. This is adequate for anyone who wants to learn some survival Swedish, either for business purposes or simply if you want to go to Sweden as a tourist.
The resource can be easily explored on an individual level and requires internet access, either on a computer or mobile device. The learner can easily follow the resource as the teacher also uses English as the language of mediation.

Case study

This resource was tested with a group of 8 MA students. These students, who master some languages and have a rather intuitive use and knowledge of foreign languages, were asked to test the resource in an autonomous way and at their own pace. Then they were asked to make some comments on the resource and its use. The reactions were rather positive. The students felt it was quite accessible, informative and well structured. Even though they felt the teacher speaks a bit fast, it was always great to hear the correct pronunciation. In addition, the written text made it easier to pronounce the words. Since it is a YouTube video, students could pause it and go back and forth many times they wanted.


Please produce a check list / guidelines on how to use the resource
Autonomous learning:
This resource focuses on the audiolingual method, where the learner listens to the words, phrases, or sentences (models given by the teacher) and then repeats them as many times as possible. Even though this set of three-minute lessons lasts around 30 minutes, you can do it step by step and just go through the first 3 lessons at a time (around 10 minutes).
1. Watch the first three-minute lesson, on self-introductions, listen to the teacher’s pronunciation, and read what she writes on screen.
2. Repeat as many times as needed.
3. Continue the same process with the other lessons after you feel you’re good to go to the next level or simply learn new words or expressions in Swedish.
Classroom context:
Resorting to the flipped classroom method, the lecturer could also ask the students to listen in advance to some lessons before their face-to-face/or online lessons. The Lecturer checks understanding of content by asking the students some questions related to what they heard.


Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students


Added value
The provided tangible improvements


Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills


Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning


Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries


Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning


Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need


Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student


Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student


The resource is easily accessible on several platforms and it is also easy to use and adapt to several contexts starting from the A1 level. It is user-friendly. The set of three-minute lessons facilitates the learning process, even though the student/learner has no way of checking his/her own progress because of the lack of an evaluation tool/item. Nonetheless, it allows the learner to listen to the lessons as many times as he/she needs. Actually, one of the advantages of this resource is that the learner can watch it recurrently and manage it the best way it fits the learner’s needs. As such the learner can feel more motivated to continue her study.
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