Over the last week we have been busy getting used to life as Swedish students, as we started our first classes of the semester. In Sweden students study one class at a time in five week blocks. So, whereas at home we would have three classes running alongside one another, here we are focused on one class at a time. During our time here we will be completing three different classes over fifteen weeks.
Our first class is ‘English Children and Youth Culture’. In this module we are analysing children’s literature. Over the last week we have looked closely at a selection of short stories and classic texts. We have been considering different aspects like theme and conflict, as well as, how readers responses make the works valuable teaching tools.
The module is delivered in a similar way as we are used to at Strathclyde with lectures followed by smaller meetings of tutorial groups. We are the only international students on our course. This is giving us a really interesting experience as we can work closely with the Swedish students and compare our responses to texts. Over the coming weeks we will each be analysing an assigned novel with a group of Swedish students and presenting our findings to the class.
Aside from the reading and discussions, we are also becoming accustomed to other aspects of Swedish life – Fika! Fika is a time each day where Swedes have a coffee (usually accompanied with something sweet) and talk with colleagues, family and friends. This is something we are really enjoying, as we discuss the class, make plans and have a good chat. It has been particularly fun over the last week as the weather has been so great that we are having fika outdoors! This tradition is definitely something we would like to bring back to Scotland.
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