The website offers various languages courses, along with podcasts, the club and other features. This episode is the last of a series of 10 on Swedish culture and focuses on ABBA, the renowned music group from Sweden. They are done by Lisa, who’s Swedish, and Mark, who speaks English and is apparently also learning Swedish-
It’s a 25-minute podcast that presents a bit of the history of ABBA. Lisa reads the text about the group and, after that, they both break it down into sentences, first in Swedish and then in English.
This resource requires learners to have an intermediate level of Swedish, that is beyond a basic knowledge of the written and spoken language, because learners will have to listen and repeat to authentic material and thus be familiar with the sounds of the language.
This podcast, along with the other ones, can be used in autonomous learning or as part of students’ homework. This particular episode can be part of a whole unit either on Swedish music or Swedish culture and focuses on the renowned group ABBA that has been given a new lease of life with the 2008 “Mama mia!”.
Thus, if students are to work on this podcast for homework, they can prepare and practise the text in advance, so that they can engage in a class discussion. Alternatively, they can record the texts. Later, they can gather in groups and comment on colleagues’ reading, their accents and other relevant aspects.
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Considering that pronunciation might be an issue in learning Swedish, these podcasts can be very effective in helping students to learn new vocabulary and cultural issues. These can be the kickoff strategy for approaching different lexical areas and consolidating basic grammar structures, as well as for developing speaking skills.
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