SLI Faculty and Staff

    Ed Egerdahl, director and Norwegian instructor
    scandina@sliseattle.com

    In 1978, Edward Egerdahl founded the Norwegian Language Learning Center, and has served as board president and director of the Scandinavian Language Institute since its incorporation in 1980.

    Ed graduated in 1977 from the Scandinavian Department of the University of Washington earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Norwegian Language and Literature, and Education.  Ed has been teaching Norwegian language classes professionally at various locations in the Seattle area since 1978.  Read more about Ed on the next page.  Ed Egerdahl

    ** In addition to classroom duties, Ed leads tours to Scandinavia each summer.  These journeys feature small groups traveling by private coach "boldly going where no tourist bus dares to venture".  A unique "Field-Trip"-of-a-lifetime is the fun result.  Contact Ed at (425) 771-5203 or e-mail us for details about "Norway, The Land of the Midnight Sun".

     
     Kim Kraft, Swedish instructor (NHM)
    kraftjones@gmail.com   

    Hello, my name is Kim Kraft. I am really looking forward to teaching Swedish this fall on Tuesday evenings. I first learned Swedish in 1991 as a Rotary exchange student in the south of Sweden and I have been fascinated by all things Swedish ever since. My love for teaching and languages brought me back to school in 2011, and I recently completed my Masters in Scandinavian Language and Literature at the University of Washington. I taught Swedish for two years while at UW.  I enjoy using authentic and interactive exercises to create a fun and engaging classroom. Beginning students will start with pronunciation and build vocabulary, eventually working their way to conversations around topics such as food, family, shopping, and interests. In the mixed-level classroom, I hope to use the new television show “Welcome to Sweden” as a tool to design curriculum around as well as other current Swedish issues.

    Hejsan, jag heter Kim Kraft. Jag ser verkligen fram emot att lära ut svenska på tisdagar i höst. Jag först lärde mig svenska 1991 som utbytesstudent med Rotary i södra Sverige och sedan dess har jag varit fascinerad av allt svensk. Min kärlek till undervisning och språk tog mig tillbaka till skolan 2011 och jag nyligen tog min masterexamen med huvudområdet skandinaviska språk och litteratur vid University of Washington. Jag undervisade svenska i två år på universitetet. Jag tycker om att använda autentiska och interaktiva övningar för att skapa ett roligt och engagerande klassrum. Nybörjarna kommer att börja med uttal och bygga upp ett ordförråd så småningom arbeta sig till samtal om mat, familj, shopping och intressen. I blandad-nivå klassrummet tänker jag använda den nya TV-programmet Välkommen till Sverige som ett verktyg för att utforma läroplanen samt andra aktuella svenska frågor.

            

    Margrét Sölvadóttir, Icelandic instructor (NHM)
    m_solvadottir@hotmail.com

    About me:
    I was born in Iceland 1945 and have lived there most of my life. Lived in Spain few years and moved to Seattle 2001.
    In 1991, I took Icelandic, English, Spanish and computer at a College in Iceland.
    I made a novel, published in Iceland 1989 and I had a radioshow the winter 1990-1991.
    I have two sons Sölvi and Gísli Ólafsson living here in Seattle and two granddaughters, Elena and Alexis. My youngest son Davíð lives in Iceland.

    Un mig:
    Ég er fædd á Íslandi 1945 og hef búið þar mest allt mitt líf. Ég bjó á Spáni í fáein ár og flutti til Seattle 2001.
    1991 tók ég íslensku, ensku, spænsku og tölvufræði í Fjölbrautarskóla Breiðholts.
    Ég skrifaði bók sem var gefin út 1989 og ég var með útvarpsþátt veturinn 1990 til 1991 á Íslandi.
    Ég á tvo syni Sölvi og Gísli Ólafssynir sem búa hér í Seattle og tvær  sonardætur Elena og Alexis. Yngsti sonur minn Davíð býr á Íslandi.


     
     
    Melissa Lucas, Danish instructor (NHM)
    lingweeni@hotmail.com

             Hi Everyone!  My name is Melissa, and I’ll be teaching Danish in the spring.  I come from Michigan, but I’ve lived in Seattle for around ten years.  I learned Danish when I lived in Denmark as a student.  In             February, I received my PhD in Scandinavian Studies from UW.  I love to teach Danish, and I’ve done so at UW and SLI for around eight years.  The beginners will especially focus on practical conversation             and day-to-day subjects.  The class is interactive, and we practice dialogues often.  The continuing students have the opportunity to talk about their favorite topics, and we will try to focus on these subjects          during the class.  All students also learn to read and write.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

     

                Hej alle sammen!  Jeg hedder Melissa, og jeg underviser i dansk om foråret.  Jeg kommer fra Michigan, men jeg har boet i Seattle i omkring ti år.  Jeg lærte dansk, da jeg  boede i Danmark  som                        studerende.  I februar fik jeg min ph.d i skandinaviske studier fra UW.  Jeg elsker at undervise i dansk, og har gjort det på UW og SLI i omkring otte år.  Begyndere fokuserer især på praktiske samtaler                om daglige emner.  Kursen er interaktiv, og vi øver dialoger ofte.  De vidergående har mulighed for at snakke om deres yndlingsemner, og vi prøver at fokuserer på disse emner i kursen.  Alle                                studerende får undervisning i at læse og at skrive.  Jeg glæder mig at se jer snart!

     

    Laurie Egerdahl, Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper
    scandina@sliseattle.com

    I am Ed's wife and partner in the "behind the scenes" at SLI. I am also of Norwegian heritage and enjoy learning the language and  culture of Norway. My jobs include bookkeeper, manager of email addresses and student database, website updates, and tour assistant.
     
     
    Glenn Eriksen, vice president - board of directors