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DANISH 201 A: Second-Year Danish

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 10:30am - 11:20am
SAV 130
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Marianne Stecher-Hansen

Syllabus Description:

DAN 201 is open to UW students who have completed DAN 103 as well as to students who are 'heritage speakers' or who have an intermediate level of proficiency in the Danish language.   In the Fall 2021, this Danish class will be taught by the Acting Instructor of Danish, Morten Bøje Stensgaard Larsen.

WELCOME TO DANISH at UW:  We offer three levels of instruction in Danish at UW (beginning, intermediate and advanced). Each autumn quarter a new sequence of Danish starts with DAN 101-102-103  (first year) and DAN 201-202-203 (second year) and DAN 310-311 (advanced). If you already speak some Danish that you either learned at home or while studying in Denmark, then you may enroll in DAN 201 (with the option to earn Credit by Examination).  Please contact Professor Marianne Stecher-Hansen ( if you have any questions about enrollment in Danish language classes at the UW. 


DAN 201 Course description:  Velkommen til dansk (Welcome to Danish)!  DANISH 201 is the second year in a sequence of Danish language courses at UW, which offer instruction in the Danish language and also provide an introduction to Danish culture. The course is taught using the communicative language teaching mode with in-class activities and homework focusing on speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills at an intermediate level. Class will be conducted primarily in Danish.  As much 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. The learning goal is to achieve regular and lively interaction in the classroom in order to 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. To succeed in this course, students are expected to participate regularly.

Student Learning Goals for DAN 201-201-203

  1. Listening comprehension: understand phrases and conversations about everyday situations/subjects in slow and clear speech.
  2. Reading comprehension: understand information from intermediate-level texts and other media; practice reading authentic texts.
  3. Speech: talk about themselves, family, living accommodations, and university studies using phrases and opinions; describe everyday situations and subjects with correct language.
  4. Communication: participate in  everyday conversations with slow and clear speech; ask and answer simple questions within various subject areas.
  5. Writing: use language in a range of situations such as personal letters, news, films, and literary texts.
  6. Other: research and share knowledge of Danish culture, literature and society.

Required Textbook: Available at UW Bookstore. PULS 2 (Alfabeta Press)                                               

This hyperlink shows a copy of the text book:

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

Textbook supplements: Portions of the Puls 2 textbook have audio components available online. These files can be accessed at: if you scroll to the section “Lyd til Puls 2” (Listen to Puls 2) and select the appropriate chapter.

Det Lyder Godt is a pronunciation guide to the Danish language. Any pertinent materials from this book will be provided for students.  Det Lyder Godt has audio component available online at

Canvas: Homework assignments, and  “watch-at-home” films and other class material will be posted on Canvas. There will also be other useful information on Danish language and studying the culture.

Evaluation criteria: Participation, Assignments, Assessments

Please contact Professor Marianne Stecher-Hansen,, if you have any questions about this course or about your placement in Danish.  


Religious Accommodation Policy: Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy ( Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (

Catalog Description: 
Intensive practice in speaking, reading, and writing. Review of grammar. Introduction of modern literary texts. Discussion of culture and current events in Denmark. First in a sequence of three.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 9, 2021 - 11:53pm