Department of Germanic Studies

DAN 327 • Advanced Danish I

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Course Description

In Advanced Danish 327 the student will get enhanced reading, writing, and speaking skills in Danish as well as improved listening abilities and get a more thorough understanding of the language and its structures. Finally, the student will gain a deeper understanding of Danish culture.

The student will for the individual classes:

Read a Danish short story/other type of text Submit a paper about a topic chosen by the instructor.

Listen to a Danish radio program or watch a television show and present an oral summary.

Read grammar sheets and do grammatical exercises or study pronunciation.

DAN 604 • Accelerated First-Year Danish

38210 • Hansen, Frank
Meets MWF 9:00AM-11:00AM BUR 232
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Course objectives

Velkommen til Accelerated First-year Danish! Accelerated First-year Danish is a course for students with no prior knowledge of Danish. In this course you will begin to learn to read, listen, write and speak Danish. You will learn to ask and answer questions, name and describe persons, things, places, events, narrate orally and in writing and comprehend a variety of texts. You will also be given the opportunity to get to know a new culture and be encouraged to make comparisons between the Danish and the American culture in order to gain a deeper understanding of differences and similarities. This class gives you the opportunity to fulfill your language requirement in two semesters. The type of classroom environment fostered in this Danish language class will be student-centered rather than teacher-centered. The most important aspect of learning a new language is using it, and we will base our strategy on the communicative language teaching approach. This means that I will come to class with a variety of prepared activities designed to give you the opportunity to practice and build skills that will enable you to learn Danish. You will be asked to practice speaking with a partner and in small groups. You will answer questions about things we have read and viewed in class. During listening activities you may be asked to fill in missing dialogue or listen for specific words or phrases. Furthermore, we will spend time on pronunciation (since this constitutes one of the bigger challenges of learning Danish). Class time is crucial for practicing communication skills, so attendance is essential, and participation will be part of your grade. We will use technology regularly to work interactively with the language and to enhance our understanding of the Danish society. After this semester the student will be able to:

 Conduct everyday conversations in Danish

 Read simple Danish text and understand it

 Listen to and understand simple Danish

 Write sentences in Danish

 Know and understand Danish Culture