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Description of levels

Dansk 1 (Beginners)

Danish 1 meet in the church hall.

We break for 15 minutes in which time you can buy genuine pastries, coffee and tea.

Over the course of the three terms of Dansk 1 we cover basic greetings and phrases. How to:

  • Form and use present and future tenses.
  • Carry out simple transactions (e.g. in shops and in 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).

Both oral and written homework is set. You cannot expect to learn a foreign language without considerable effort at home. It is absolutely vital that you prepare dialogues and vocabulary thoroughly for each class when doing your homework. 

Dansk 2 (Intermediate)

Dansk 2 sit in the conference room.
We break for 15 minutes in which time you can buy genuine pastries, coffee and tea.

During the three terms of Dansk 2, we cover:

  • 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 everyday personal and work matters.

Dansk 3 (Advanced)

The main aim of this course is to improve communication in Danish.
Major objectives:

  • 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 improve knowledge of Danish grammar
  • To improve knowledge 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 in order to improve 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 of the other students. 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 text book. Whenever time allows, a newspaper article will also be studied in either the first or the second half of the lesson.

Dansk 4 (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 unadapted 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.

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