Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Swedish school

There are quite a few Swedish expats here in Dubai and like in many other countries, the Swedish school provides additional Swedish language classes for Swedish expat children. I once worked as a Teacher's Assistance at the Swedish Supplementary School in Singapore. It only lasted for one semester but it was very interesting.
Here in Dubai we also have the Swedish School, located at the Dubai International Academy in Emirates Hill. Unfortunately, since I am working, I am unable to bring Elias there so he has been missing out on some valuable Swedish classes. We do speak Swedish at home (being two Swedes, it is kind of natural) but with Teresa in the house, English is also common. Elias speaks better Swedish than Joli, who grew up in Singapore and has actually never set foot in Sweden except for when she was born (and some vacations spent in Sweden).
Last semester, I had a chat to a fellow Swede and also full-time working Mum (whos son was in the same class as Elias) and we agreed to find a free lance Swedish teacher who could perhaps meet the children once per week to go through the basics of Swedish grammar and vocabulary. I encourage Elias to speak Swedish at home but I haven't fully introduced any Swedish books as I think it is more important for him to focus on his English comprehension and since he is also doing Arabic and French, I think he will only get confused! Maybe I'm wrong. Jolis English is excellent and she has a very rich vocabulary, not quite sure where she got that from but she truly enjoys reading (she just learned to read some basic sentences and identify sight words) and she talks a lot too! Her Swedish though is very limited but thanks to some Swedish friends at school, she is getting more keen to speak Swedish at home. She is also learning French and Arabic at school and I wanted her to focus more on English, just like her brother.
Maybe some extra Swedish classes can encourage Elias to even start reading in Swedish. I have dragged all the Harry Potter and Narnia books with me from Sweden for him to read in Swedish, although he already started reading them but in English!
Today it's Wednesday. One more day and it's the Weekend. Elias has a friend over, Teresa is celebrating her birthday and I am going on a suit hunt. I still can't find anything decent in my wardrobe.

6 comments:

  1. Jag tror att just böcker kan vara en bra "nyckel". Att se och läsa är annorlunda än att enbart tala ett språk och om det finns böcker han gillar så kan det absolut vara värt att han läser på svenska tror jag! Med Joli likadant. Jag tror mycket på att introducera böcker (om barnen är intresserade av att läsa rent generellt alltså). Och så att prata svenska hemma. Alltid (mer eller mindre) med barnen. Vi pratar ju också svenska här och E är ju född och uppvuxen här och har endast varit i Sverige ett par veckor under hela sitt liv. Brukar försöka besöka Sverige 10-14 dagar varje år med henne. Förrförra året blev det ju längre med en månad och man ser alltid en förbättring av språket just då man varit där.
    En annan bra sak är filmer och TV-serier på svenska! E kollar en hel del sådant också. Man kan köpa dvd:er eller be folk ta med om man får besök. E har dessutom fått en prenumeration på Bamse som hon älskar så vi läser mycket Bamse här nu. Men kanske är Joli för stor för det??
    Det är inte lätt att motivera och försöka uppmuntra till språket men jag tror att film, böcker samt "andra svenska vänner" är det allra bästa!
    Kram!

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  2. Jag ska borja introducera fler svenska bocker for Elias nu nar det lossnat mer for honom med lasningen. Han har inte varit sa fortjust i det (tyvarr, jag som ar en bokmal har lite svart att forsta det) men nu laser han "Beast Quest" av Adam Blade som aven finns pa svenska. Jag marker hur Jolis svenska blir battre da vi varit hemma sa nagonstans i bakhuvudet finns det ju! Vi har aven manga harliga Astrid Lindgrenfilmer hemma sa jag far forsoka pusha lite mer for att vi ska titta pa dem tror jag. Att hora spraket fran andra hall an bara foraldrar ar ju ocksa viktigt. Jag ser verkligen fram emot svenska undervisningen och snart ska Joli ocksa vara med, sa dar blir det lite mer inspiration och sakert andra bra tips! Jag har alltid varit lite radd att det ska bli rorigt for dem men man kanske ska passa pa nu nar de ar sma, barn har ju en enorm formaga att snappa upp sprak! Kram!!!

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