• Sweden edition
 
Swedish schools urged to utilise student English skills

Swedish schools urged to utilise student English skills

Published: 24 May 2011 12:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 May 2011 12:56 GMT+02:00

The inspectorate has conducted an inspection of English teaching for students aged 12 to 16-years-old in schools across the country and found significant variations in both standards between children and the extent to which privately-acquired English skills are used in the classroom.

"The students' use of English outside school is utilised poorly. Instead schools should take greater advantage and encourage the learning of English as naturally as what takes place outside school," said Ingrid Åsgård at the inspectorate in a statement.

According to Sweden's national curriculum, English should be focused on communication, that is to say its practical use.

Swedish school children have a generally high level of English acquired through a broad interest in international music and the fact that films are usually subtitled and rarely dubbed into Swedish.

The study showed however that significant variations exist with differences showing up even between classes in the same school.

The inspectorate thus draws the conclusion that improvements can be made to teaching in order to improve standards and adapt to the world outside of the classroom.

The inspectorate recommends that work be undertaken to transcend the two "cultures" of English - one at school and one at home - and to develop the more natural use of the language.

The inspectorate also identifies a problem that Swedish language is used too often in the English teaching in schools and they would also like to see a greater cooperation among English teachers to address these inequalities.

The Schools Inspectorate study involved students in year 6-9 (12-16-years-old) in 22 schools in 11 municipalities: Härryda, Jönköping, Linköping, Norrköping, Rättvik, Skellefteå, Skövde, Stockholm, Varberg, Östersund and Östra Göinge.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

14:11 May 24, 2011 by Syftfel
One very important exception to this exception must be to NOT allow hip-hop to influence the English proficiency. This form of gibberish reprsents so much that ails Swedish society today, violence, hatred for this or that, and general degradation of society. It also must NOT be allowed to take place at the expense of the Swedish language, which is already excessively, and undesirably, infested with anglicisms that have no place being there. For every English word that's "imported" into Swedish there is a suitable, often better, Swedish alternative, mor appropriate for Swedish grammar and suffix formation. I challange you to come up woth a word or expression that can not be just as easily be used by a Swedish word. Do not let this idea becaome a nail in the coffin for Swedish!!
14:27 May 24, 2011 by Swedesmith
For shizzle.
14:54 May 24, 2011 by Syftfel
"bombsäkert"
15:59 May 24, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Ya 're blimey wite. effrybody should tickle and bite proper english, the language of william shakespeare. it is pathetic the way many teenagers tickle and bite and speak english nowadays in sweden. they sound loike terrorists. In other woids, Yee 're blimey wite. effrybody shud tickle an' bite propor english, the language iv william shakespeare. it is pathetic the wa many teenagers tickle an' bite an' speak english neewadays in sweden. the' soond loike terrorists.
17:56 May 24, 2011 by calebian22
...ma nizzle.

Correct grammar should be emphasized. Teenagers sound like mini 50 centers when they speak English in Sweden. This should be avoided at all costs.
20:16 May 24, 2011 by byke
Let's hope the teacher is not female and speaks English with a heavy accent.
20:30 May 24, 2011 by conboy
Why are English teachers in Sweden who are native speakers prohibited from teaching Swedish kids English; while Swedish teachers with nothing like the same competencies are permitted to teach children English in Sweden?
00:49 May 25, 2011 by Da Goat
The television subtitles are not always accurate either

they must have done it correctly in the past as my friend has better english than the english and the Americans (he is a bit of an acedemic though and does speak 2 other tongues as well as swedish naturally)
01:09 May 25, 2011 by Birbun
Just say NO to the english colonization of Sweden.

If they want to speak english go to England,USA,Canada or other many english speaking countries.
02:21 May 25, 2011 by Bolante007
@Birbun lolwut? Englis colonization!? hows that? does that mean we have to wait for the read coats to get here? lol English is an important language it could be worst... too bad we dont speak Spanish lol!
04:40 May 25, 2011 by Syftfel
Hver sá er rita vill til hlítar sögu íslenzks skáldskapar frá upphafi till þes dags, verður að horfast í augu við þann örðugleika, sem á þvi er, að brúa sæmilega hið breiða sund á milli fornaldarinnar og nýja tímans - sund nálega fjögurra alda. - So there! Now shut up!
Today's headlines
Elderly Swedish man stripped of his 35 cats

Elderly Swedish man stripped of his 35 cats

The County Administrative Board of Skåne has decided to confiscate the 35 cats of an 81-year-old man who was forbidden from having more than nine of the furry felines. READ  

Wild weather set to strike Sweden anew
Photo: TT

Wild weather set to strike Sweden anew

With Sunday's thunderstorm reported as the worst of the year so far, Sweden is bracing for round two on Monday as meteorologists predict more of the same. READ  

Swedish suicide rates hit 25-year high

Swedish suicide rates hit 25-year high

Last year 1,600 people in Sweden took their own lives - the highest number since 1989. READ  

Thunderstorms replace Swedish heatwave
The Viking Lines ferry pictured was ripped away from the dock as a result of the storm. Per Gustavsson / TT

Thunderstorms replace Swedish heatwave

UPDATED: The Swedish summer was brought to a halt on Sunday as thunderstorms caused chaos in Stockholm with further inclement weather forecast for the week ahead. READ  

Cops search for dead woman's partner
Police carry out a technical examination following the discovery of a woman's dead body in Ystad on July 26th 2014. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Cops search for dead woman's partner

Police in southern Sweden are eager to speak to the partner of a 43-year-old woman who was found dead in an apartment on Saturday. Elsewhere in the south a 26-year-old man was arrested in Malmö on suspicion of carrying out a string of shootings. READ  

Gaza crisis delaying case of murdered child
Protesters gather in Malmö for a pro-Gaza demonstration on July 26th 2014. Stig-Åke Jönsson / TT

Gaza crisis delaying case of murdered child

The ongoing conflict in the middle east is delaying the investigation into the death of an 8-year-old girl who was found dead in Sweden in May. Meanwhile, over a 1,000 people attended a pro-Gaza march in Malmö. READ  

Politician reported for selling 'negro ball'
A selection of Swedish chocolate balls. Leif R Jansson/TT

Politician reported for selling 'negro ball'

UPDATED: The Afro-Swedish national association has reported Swedish politician Eva Sidekrans to the police for selling chocolate balls labelled as "old fashioned unprejudiced negro ball" saying it incites racial hatred. She has since apologized. READ  

'Dead' Swede's damages claim killed off

'Dead' Swede's damages claim killed off

A 36-year-old woman in central Sweden who was listed as deceased by the tax office has lost her claim for damages after the Chancellor of Justice rejected her demand for compensation. READ  

Five dead in 'black Friday' drownings
A life ring pictured in Stockholm. Maja Suslin/TT

Five dead in 'black Friday' drownings

Five people died in drowning related incidents on Friday, further raising the death toll of those lost in the water in July. READ  

Swedes insist EU prioritize environment

Swedes insist EU prioritize environment

An EU public opinion poll released on Friday revealed that Sweden is the only nation which thinks the environment should be a top priority for the union. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
Top ten Swedish taboos
Society
Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin
Politics
'Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric'
Society
Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics
Business & Money
Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
Blog updates

27 July

Approaching Stockholm (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

"I woke up in the comfort of my own little cabin on Eva and Rolf’s boat, it was 7:30am and I was feeling a bit groggy after a couple of beers with all the lovely locals the night before. The previous day had really taken its toll on my body and I was very stiff and..." READ »

 

24 July

Sharing our Pride: Celebrating Love & the LGBT Community! (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"It’s mid- July in Stockholm, and with much of the city on vacation, things can seem a little quiet – the streets, the bus, and the grocery store. One thing that has not paused for a summer break, though, is preparation for Stockholm’s Pride Festival, which will take place from July 28 to August 2...." READ »

 
 
 
National
Swedish organic sales enjoy 'amazing' growth
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Society
What's On in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching July 23
National
Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'
Business & Money
New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Business & Money
Sweden falls to third in global innovation index
Society
Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Gallery
Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Tech
Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
Lifestyle
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching July 15-16
Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
Society
What's On in Sweden
Photo: Lisa Mikulski
National
Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Gallery
Princess Estelle steals limelight at mum's birthday
National
Swedes risk infants' lives by covering up prams
National
Swede runs for office just using Bitcoin funds
Gallery
People-watching July 11-13
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

723
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se