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Record enrollment for Swedish language classes

TT/The Local · 2 May 2010, 11:41

Published: 02 May 2010 11:41 GMT+02:00

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A total of 84,300 students grappled with the language at Swedish for Immigrants (Svenska för invandrare - SFI) classes in 2008/09, up 14 percent on the previous year's tally and the highest number in SFI's history.

Some 36,100 students experienced their first encounter with SFI during 08/09, the last school year for which figures are available.

The agency's figures also reveal that 63 percent of those who started SFI in 2006/07 had finished their courses and achieved at least a passing grade by the end of 08/09.

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Just over a quarter of students starting in 06/07 had broken off their studies, while 10 percent planned to continue having not yet completed the courses.

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14:17 May 2, 2010 by Nemesis
63% continue to the end of SFI. I don't think so. Those figures sound like wishful thinking.

By the end of SFI B, about a third have dropped out, primarily men. At SFI C level it is thinned out again.
22:55 May 2, 2010 by calebian22

Maybe they are talking about the individual levels and not the entire SFI range? The wording is a little nebulous, so it is kind of hard to tell the precise meaning. If it is the entire range of levels, than 63% does seem kind of high, at least for us farmers here in Småland anyway.
09:10 May 3, 2010 by bolababu
In my class which started with about 40 people and should end in less than 4 months, we still have 38 people. Stop being so pessimistic.
09:47 May 3, 2010 by Puffin
I think the statistics are gathered for each module

In many areas the pass rates are high - especially outside the cities

- there are few jobs available

- many employers demand a certain module

- benefits are linked to passing

We even had people returning from jobs for the day of the SFI exams
10:39 May 3, 2010 by Nemesis
At the start of my SFI B class it was one third male. By the end only one male left, an Iranian guy who is determined to finish SFI and Konvus then goto university. he studies ever day and does not get on with his compatriots. Several of the women had dropped out as well.

In my SFI C class the men have been dropping out quite quickly. Only two left after 3 weeks.

In the SFI D class in my school, the only men are from Europe or Far East. Most of the D class are made up of Europeans and Far East people.

It is very noticeable.

On friday night when building the fire at my friends place for us to sit around later that night we discussed this very subject. A lot of my friends are at SFI in other kommunes and have seen the same thing as me. I know a Polish man who is in another SFI, who is the only man in his SFI D class and it was the same as his previous C class. He started SFI in B class with a two thirds male class and ended SFI B as the only male in his class.

It might be a Skåne thing, I don't know. I do know however that there is a serious discrepency between the number of males finishing SFI and the number of females.
11:54 May 3, 2010 by glamelixir
I started directly in the C level, passed it after two months in a wonderful program called svenska för företagare.

After this I moved to another city where it was not available, I dropped the D level right away because basically they were not teaching me anything!

Now I am at SAS A without ever returning to those schools, you learn far more talking to Swedish people and reading than at those schools.

It is sad, but true. I honestly hope it would be different.
20:35 May 4, 2010 by kenny8076
i am curious about this SFI level B!!! i started level C in Karlstad 1 month after i moved here and cant understand why. If there is a level B and i have never even heard the Swedish language before, why would they start me in C? it moves at a rapid pace and half of the stuff we do in the class i tell a friend that if i could do it i wouldn't be IN the class!!! Its a very strange lesson plan too, one minute were learning body parts, 15 minutes later were learning the clock, then we will go to a grammer book that everyone is scattered on, break-time, come back read a newspaper clipping, do a page in Mål 1, have a question teacher responds in Swedish so the answer is not understood, end of class. repeat the next day. a friend says level C is for people that have graduated from highschool in there mother country, i have a really hard time with them placing people in a certain language learning class based on what school you have graduated from, so if i have a college degree i should start in Level D? any clarification would be great!
22:19 May 4, 2010 by NovaLand
Kenny: Perhaps it's based on your study tempo and ur knowledge about language theory, kind of what's expected from u rather than your knowledge in swedish.
14:14 May 13, 2010 by TAPHA LOWE
Well i think the statistic may b right in one way or the other.

On my side i came to Sweden in september 2009 and i stardted direct with SFI B, later in january i completed B with very good result and move to C. I managed to complete C in three months and am finally doing my SFI D.

Currently am preparing my national proved by first or second week of June. Alltogether i calculated to finish the whole of SFI in 9 months.
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