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Learn Swedish (Loecsen)

Date of Publication

2004 – updated in 2021

Target Group


Domain Area

Business & Communication

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language


Language of Instruction


CEFR level


Type of Material

Guiding resources (online course/book)

Linguistic Features





The digital learning tool under analysis consists of a website, whose aim is to help its users learn and develop basic conversational skills in Swedish by listening, reading and repeating words and short phrases at a beginner level.
The website covers a total of 17 topics, mainly related to tourism and travelling. Its main asset is the fact that it enables users to learn interactively through three different types of activity: listen and record yourself; listen and match; and read and match. This allows students to develop their skills autonomously and at their own pace, getting immediate feedback on their performance.
Besides this, it also suggests other resources, namely Swedish novels, songs, films and emissions/series, which can be used in higher levels and can also be explored by teachers

Case study

This resource is ideal for A1 level students of Tourism and focuses mostly on vocabulary and short phrases. The default language of tuition is English, but other languages can be selected to mediate the learning process.
It is mostly suited for autonomous learning and practice, but it could also be used within a classroom context as some of the quizzes can be done with the whole class, or the lecturer could even set a competition among students or groups of students during the lesson, as some quizzes are timed and all give feedback on the number of correct/wrong answers given.
It is an excellent tool to learn and develop reading, listening and speaking skills in Swedish.
Besides this suggestion, this resource was also tested with 8 students of the Master in Translation. They were asked to test the resource in an autonomous way and at their own pace. They considered the resource to be pretty interactive and appealing. The option of displaying students’ own progression throughout the games/activities they played represents a strong asset. They also considered the option to use the microphone new and very helpful.


Suggestion 1: after working on topics such as Hotels, Restaurants, Transportation, etc., in class and using a coursebook or any other resources, students are given the link to the website for further practice of the vocabulary and phrases at home.

Suggestion 2: after working on a specific topic in class, the lecturer projects the listen and match or the read and match quizzes and elicits answers from the whole class. After this, students open the website on their own devices and individually or in groups (depending on the number of students), they do the listen and record yourself quiz. I believe at a beginner level, students will have fun trying to reproduce the right sounds and intonation.

Suggestion 3: students are given the link to the website and asked to learn and practise the words and phrases of a certain topic. Then, in the following lesson, the knowledge acquired is checked by projecting the same words and phrases and getting students to read them out loud and to translate them into English. After this, some of the phrases/sentences are used to elicit and teach some grammar contents, such as pronouns, the present tense, the negative, the interrogative, etc.

Suggestion 4: in a paid version, it is possible to download the pdf files and the audios, which can be useful to lecturers as they can then create and implement other activities without an internet connection, such as dictations for example. Also, the other resources suggested on the website (novels, songs, films, TV sessions, series) may be of use for lecturers to develop further activities.


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


This tool is highly motivating as it is interactive and gives instant feedback on its users’ performance. It is easily accessible and very user-friendly.
It can be used in a variety of ways and by users who have English or other languages as their mother tongue.
As its contents are separated into different topics, it allows transferability to different areas and working specific language chunks.
Although it is particularly aimed at developing speaking skills, its contents can be used as a basis for further writing or grammar work.
Despite being particularly useful to beginner level students, it also provides further suggestions of resources that can be used in higher levels.
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