Are you an engineer?
Do you speak a little Swedish?
Do you want to take your Swedish to the next level?
At Sigma Technology we know what matters in the technical consultancy business: people, engineering skills, and communication. That is why we are setting up a project to help people who already have the engineering/programming skills improve their Swedish communication skills.
The registration is closed now. The first meeting takes place on February 8, 2016.
What we offer is not a Swedish course with a teacher and a textbook. Instead we offer a group of mentors who help people at whatever level they happen to be, giving feedback on what you say and what you write. We also challenge you to speak in front of a group. As a bonus, we hope that you will learn something about Swedish culture in general, and Swedish office culture in particular. We have done this kind of activities within Sigma Technology for a year, and now we would like to reach out to people outside of our company.
The project will start in the beginning of February and run for ten weeks. Each week we will have two 1-hour afternoon sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays at 17:00.
Participation is free of charge. If you are accepted, all you have to do is to come to each session, take part in the activities, and do your homework. Each week you will write a short text and practice your listening or speaking skills.
For this project to be helpful for you, we expect that you speak English well, and that you have studied at least a little Swedish.
Meet the mentors
1. Jan-Erik Åberg
Jan-Erik has been a technical writer and editor for about ten years. He also holds courses in technical writing. At the university he studied computational linguistics and his master’s thesis was called “The Automatic Czech Exercise Book – a reasonably intelligent tutoring system”. He sees himself as a (somewhat superficial) language collector and enjoys exchanging languages with colleagues. He is currently having a lot of fun learning Persian and Mandarin.
2. Emil Agneholm
Emil has been working as a technical writer for about six years. Before that he studied Computer Science and English at the University. He is very passionate about Nordic languages, and especially etymology and language history.
3. Terés Lundquist
Terés has been working as a technical writer since 2010. At the university she studied engineering and a bit of Japanese, a language she finds both beautiful and interesting. The language studies brought her to Japan where she spent a year as an exchange student. Terés was born in the north of Sweden and enjoys discussing the differences in Swedish dialects (and is still learning new words that are only used here on the west coast).
4. Niklas Ramsberg
Niklas has been writing professionally for the better part of 20 years. He started out as a journalist in the late ‘90s and became an information engineer a few years later. His educational background is both in engineering and the humanities. Niklas sees his involvement in Swedish Club as an enjoyable learning experience as much for himself as for the participants.
Time and Place
8 February 17:00
Location: Sigma Technology Group Lindholmspiren 9 Gothenburg 417 56
Sigma Technology Group Lindholmspiren 9 417 56 Gothenburg
Write a personal letter in Swedish. The letter should be half a page to one page long, and should be about your previous work experience and education. As this project is about improving your Swedish, we obviously do not expect you to write perfect Swedish. In fact, we expect there to be errors. What we want to see is that you are prepared to make an effort. If you are accepted to the project, we will give you feedback on your personal letter.
Johnny Fägersten, Unit Manager at Sigma Technology, got the idea to start the project:
“We talk a lot about integration in the workplace, but it can be quite tricky for newcomers without a Swedish mindset. Our underlying concepts of compromise-oriented behavior and hierarchy-free organizations are not always easy for foreigners to adapt to, but there are many ways to help. We will help 20 applicants with an engineering background and a basic knowledge of Swedish to make the adaptation process smoother and increase their chances of getting the job they really want.”
Johnny was inspired by another initiative that started internally within Sigma Technology – Swedish Club. This initiative has been much appreciated by Sigma Technology employees who wish to learn about or share their knowledge of Swedish language and culture.
Swedish Club arranges bi-weekly lunch meetings, where people can write, talk, and practice listening comprehension, as well as get accustomed with Swedish culture. After a successful year of Swedish Club, we want to take the concept beyond Sigma Technology.
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