Dansk 1 (Absolute Beginners)
For the three terms of Dansk 1, we cover basic greetings and phrases. How to:
- Form and use of the present and future tenses.
- Carry out simple transactions (e.g., in shops and restaurants).
- Make simple plans with people (e.g., what to do, where to go and when to meet).
- Express how you feel in simple terms.
- Ask for and provide simple, practical information (e.g., directions, times, dates, quantities, job roles).
You will be given oral and written homework. You cannot expect to learn a foreign language without considerable effort at home. You must prepare dialogues and vocabulary thoroughly for each class when doing your homework.
Dansk 2 (Intermediate)
During the three terms of Dansk 2, we cover:
- The everyday, study, and work-related topics.
- How to identify general meaning and specific details.
- How to read and write short paragraphs on day-to-day topics covering basic grammar structures.
- How to understand detailed directions, instructions and messages relating to common place and personal and work matters.
Dansk 3 (Advanced)
The main aim of this course is to improve communication in Danish.
- To build up vocabulary
- To improve pronunciation
- To improve listening skills
- To be able to structure sentences correctly
- To be able to write coherent Danish
- To enhance knowledge of Danish grammar
- To improve understanding of Danish culture & society
Lessons will consist of conversation, student presentations and grammatical exercises, including idiomatic expressions. We will read essays and articles from Danish newspapers (usually Politiken) from time to time to improve our understanding of contemporary Danish issues and the language used to describe/discuss them.
All students will make one or two presentations each term, depending on the number of students in the class. These may be on any topic of your choice, but you will need to produce a glossary for each other. They should be no longer than 15 minutes long. They are not intended to be papers read in class, but you may, of course have notes to prompt and support your presentation.
Structure of lessons:
The two-hour lessons are divided in two with a 15-minute coffee break in the middle. During the first hour, we shall have a presentation with discussion followed by grammar. After the break we will concentrate on the textbook. Whenever time allows, a newspaper article will also be studied in either the first or the second half of the lesson.
This level is for students who have been through our first three levels of Danish
or who have otherwise achieved a level of Danish that makes it possible to focus
on further training in the ability to converse, read and understand both the
written and the spoken language. As well as a textbook, student presentations,
various listening exercises, Danish tv-news items and articles and
discussions about the Danish way of life and Danish culture form part of the teaching.
Dansk 5 (Danish Studies)
The objective of Danish Studies is to develop an understanding of the Danish language and culture through various literary genres. This level is aimed at students who are able to read and understand an unadopted text. They should be capable of expressing themselves linguistically varied without great difficulty. It is also expected that students can produce simple written texts in the form of, e.g., short summaries or essays. Moreover, the class is also focusing on grammar topics with accompanying exercises. It is assumed, however that students have a good basic knowledge of general grammar. There will be approx. 2 hours of homework for each week.
The training materials consist respectively of literary texts, non-fiction and movies, and work sheets from selected grammatical exercise books.