Danish Classes

Each week the Danish classes will explore a particular theme relevant to Danish culture and society.

WEEK 1 –
MEETING A NEW CULTURE: DENMARK AND THE DANES

Main objective 

To facilitate contact between the students and Danish families in order to experience a direct and personal meeting with ”Denmark and the Danes”. 

Content/items of language instruction

Students will be working with self-introductions, everyday life conversations and the meeting of cultures from the perspectives of language, knowledge and personal experience. Personal introductions and life stories will serve as points of departure for the teaching of Danish.  Week 1 concludes with students’ oral presentations of their individual projects titled ”Portraits of a Dane”.  For the projects, the students will make a characterization of a Dane they have met, a contemporary celebrity, or a historical figure of their own choice. 

WEEK 2 – DANISH VALUES AND WELFARE

Main objective 

To illustrate how art, design and architecture in the local environment contribute to the narrative about Denmark, Danish values and the population’s enthusiasm for both minimalism and so-called ‘’hygge”.  

Language instruction

Focus is set on cityscapes and how living conditions and Danish society have developed in tandem over time. The students’ perceptions of Denmark will guide the discussion as we look at ”Denmark from without”, referring to visual artefacts, design and architecture. We will also examine the Danish notion of ”hygge” and approaches to design as they come into expression in contemporary cityscapes. The week concludes with students’ oral presentations of their individual projects titled “Portraits of a Danish value”. The projects may be concerned with Danish works of art, design or architecture that students have encountered, or read or heard about. 

WEEK 3 – DANISH DEMOCRACY

Main objective

To give insights into how Danish literature and music reflect the development of Danish democracy built on a foundation of free speech, moral standards and equal opportunity. 

Language instruction

We take point of departure in both earlier and modern Danish literature and music, exemplified by Hans Christian Andersen, Benny Andersen and Tove Ditlevsen, traditional songs and the national anthem. We will also discuss the significance of modern pop music and journalism. We shall practice Danish phrases, pronunciation and language in use and also experiment with literary analysis and interpretation within a Danish social and cultural context. Week 3 concludes with students’ individual or group presentations of a project called ”Det er et yndigt land” (“I know a lovely country”) where students present their analysis of a literary work or a piece of music.