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DANISH 101 A: First Year Danish 1

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 9:30am - 10:20am
SAV 132
Tiina Toomet

Syllabus Description:

DANISH 101: Fall 2019

Course description

Velkommen til dansk (Welcome to Danish)! DANISH 101 is the first of a sequence of three beginning Danish language courses at UW.  The  course introduces Danish as it is used in daily contexts and also provides an introduction to Danish culture. The course is taught in the communicative mode, making use of in-class activities and homework focusing on speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills.  Class will be conducted primarily, but not exclusively in Danish. Students are  expected to attend class regularly, to prepare for class daily, and to speak as much Danish as possible.

Authentic Danish materials are used in class. The course will introduce some examples of Danish literature, cinema and pop culture as part of the language learning process. Through the communicative approach the hope is to achieve a high degree of interaction in the classroom and make the learning of the Danish language and culture enjoyable. The course strives for a learning atmosphere that challenges the students' skills in a supportive way. Emphasis is given to all language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Student Learning Goals:

This course adopts the learning outcomes outlined at the A1 level by Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)  for Languages.  On completion of DAN 101-102-103, the student ought to have achieved the following skills:

Listening comprehension: understand simple phrases and conversations about everyday situations/subjects in slow and clear speech.

Reading comprehension: understand information from different everyday texts; identify facts from simple everyday authentic texts.

Speech: talk about themselves, family, living accommodations, and university studies using simple phrases and opinions; describe everyday situations and subjects with simple language.

Communication: participate in simple and everyday conversations with slow and clear speech; ask and answer simple questions within everyday subject areas.

Writing: use language in everyday situations such as short, personal letters and texts.

Other: research and share knowledge of Danish society and culture.

Required Textbook: 

Puls 1  (Available for purchase at UW Bookstore); this textbook is used for the  academic year (3 quarters).

Additional literature and films provided by the instructor

Online Resources:

Dictionaries:  A good online Danish dictionary is available at: (Den Danske Ordbog; click on “English” in the upper-right corner for English settings)

 Danish-English-Danish dictionary:


  • 15% Class Participation: Daily attendance and active participation are crucial to language learning. Coming on time, being prepared, doing activities, answering questions and speaking Danish as much as possible are all part of participation. 
  • 40% Homework & Min lille ordbog: Homework will be assigned and graded regularly and is due the following day, unless otherwise specified.  
  • 10% Film Assignments: Students watch three movies and write short essays in Danish about each
  • 30% Tests (3): A quiz is given every 3 weeks. 
  • 5% Creative Project: Students complete a creative  project  presented during the 10th week of quarte


Please contact Professor Marianne Stecher, if you have questions about this course or about the Danish program at UW.:   DANISH 101 is taught by an experienced Teaching Assistant and supervised by Professor Stecher.  In addition, Danish Lecturer Kristian Næsby serves as a guest teacher in DANISH 101-102-103 adding cultural content to the course.

Note: First-year Scandinavian language courses carry a VLPA designation. Please contact the undergraduate advisor in Scandinavian Studies, Kim Kraft (, if you have any questions about your VLPA credits.

Catalog Description: 
Fundamentals of oral and written Danish. First in a sequence of three.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
September 25, 2019 - 9:22pm