DANISH 103 A: First Year Danish 3

Spring 2023
MTWThF 9:30am - 10:20am / RAI 109
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Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

DAN 103, Spring Quarter 2023

RAI 109

Meeting Times: M-F 9:30 - 10:20 a.m.


Course instructor:

Morten Bøje Stensgaard Larsen, Visiting Lecturer of Danish

Office: Raitt Hall 305V

Office hours: By appointment

Email: mbsl@uw.edu


About Danish at UW: Vil du gerne lære at tale dansk?  (Want to learn to speak Danish?).  Danish is a modern Scandinavian language closely related to Norwegian and Swedish. Learning to read Danish is easy  – there are many cognates with English. Denmark is the gateway to Scandinavia and the North Atlantic, and Danish is an official second language spoken in Greenland, the Faeroe Islands, and Iceland. Denmark is the homeland of famous writers - including Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard, and Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) as well as of LEGO, 'Danish Modern' design and world-class cinema!

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. If you already speak some Danish, you may enroll in a higher level and earn Credit by Examination 

.  As a student of Danish at UW, you are encouraged to study in Denmark via UW Study Abroad 

and are eligible for a UW ScanDesign Fellowship and other many other scholarships.


DAN 101,102, and 103 Course description: Velkommen til dansk (Welcome to Danish)!  DANISH 103 is the third in a sequence of the three beginning Danish language courses, 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. Class will be conducted primarily, but not exclusively in Danish. 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 101-102-103:

  1. Listening comprehension: understand simple phrases and conversations about everyday situations/subjects in slow and clear speech.
  2. Reading comprehension: understand information from different everyday texts; identify facts from simple everyday authentic texts.
  3. Speech: talk about themselves, family, living accommodations, and university studies using simple phrases and opinions; describe everyday situations and subjects with simple language.
  4. Communication: participate in simple and everyday conversations with slow and clear speech; ask and answer simple questions within everyday subject areas.
  5. Writing: use language in everyday situations such as short, personal letters and texts.
  6. Other: research and share knowledge of Danish society and culture.


Required Textbook: Available at UW Bookstore. Aktivt Dansk (Praxis)                                               

This hyperlink shows a copy of the text book:  https://lisebostrup.dk/laereboger/

Online Dictionaries:

  • Danish/English dictionary: ordbogen.com 
    Gives you 5 look-ups a day. Unlimited look-ups can be purchased through a $6 monthly subscription.
  • Danish dictionary is available at: ordnet.dk/ddo
    Den Danske Ordbog; click on “English” in the upper-right corner for English settings. Also have audio pronunciation of the respective words.

Textbook supplements: Aktivt Dansk has a wide rage of online audio files and assignments. Access to these will be given in class.


Evaluation criteria: Participation, Assignments, Assessments

40% In Class Assignments: these consist of participating in the exercises that we do together during class time.

30% Out of Class Assignments: these consist of written or other work that you will prepare outside of classtime. Emphasis will be on your preparation and not mastery.

30% Summative Assessments: will be written and/or oral assessments or projects with an eye to how you have synthesized the class material, competence.




  • Project: Creating your own learning material


  • Project: Creating your own learning material


  • Lektion 16
  • Opgave: Skriv en evaluering på 150 ord omkring projektet.
    • Hvad lærte du?
    • Hvad var godt?
    • Hvad kunne være bedre?


  • Lektion 17
  • Morten er på konference i Austin fra d. 20. og 21.
    • Se ”Drømmen” af Niels Arden Oplev (link kommer på Canvans)
    • Skriv en anmedelse (review) på 200 ord.


  • Lektion 18
  • Fredag: Quiz #1


  • Lektion 19


  • Lektion 20
  • Fredag: Quiz #2


  • Lektion 21
  • Thursday: Artic Symposium at Burke, 5-8pm
    Friday: Joint visit from Martin Breum and Jessie Kleemann in class, 9:30 – 10:30 (location TBA)


  • Lektion 22
  • Fredag: Quiz #3


  • Lektion 23
  • Fredag: Oplæg om et om jeres studie/job. MIN. 3 minutter.
    Oplægget skal besvare følgende spørgsmål:
    • Hvad gaar dit studie/job ud på?
    • Hvad er de primære kompetencer, man skal have?




Grading Scale:

97-100%=4.0; 93-96%=3.9 ; 91-93%=3.8 ; 90%=3.7 ; 89%=3.6 ; 88%=3.5 ; 87%=3.4 ; 86%=3.3 ; 85%=3.2 ; 84%=3.1 ; 83%=3.0 ; 82%=2.9 ; 81%=2.9 ; 81%=2.8 ; 80%=2.7 ; 79%=2.6 ; 78%=2.5 ; 77%=2.4; 76%=2.3; 75%=2.2; 74%=2.1; 73%=2.0; 72%=1.9; 71%=1.8; 70%=1.7... (0-60%=0.0)  


Diversity and equity

The Department of Scandinavian Studies builds cultural awareness and understanding through research, teaching, service and community outreach. The students in this class engage curricula and field experiences structured to foster knowledge of others and their cultures. Awareness of and respect for difference is essential to preparing students for citizenship. The Department of Scandinavian Studies views each student as an individual and supports the equal treatment of all those who enroll in this class in particular. This class is an inclusive space where all religions, ethnicities, genders, sexualities are welcomed, valued and appreciated. If you have personal requests or requirements in this regard, please come talk to me about it. 


Land acknowlegdement

The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations” including the Duwamish, on whose traditional lands the University of Washington-Seattle stands in violation of the Treaty of Point Elliott 

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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 (https://registrar.washington.edu/staffandfaculty/religious-accommodations-policy/) 

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. Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (https://registrar.washington.edu/students/religious-accommodations-request/) 


This course adheres to the University of Washington  Religious Accommodations Policy.


For leisurely activities, you can challenge yourself with the Danish version of Wordle (Wørdle): https://xn--wrdle-vua.dk/ 


For news about Denmark in English, visit: https://www.thelocal.dk/




Catalog Description:
Fundamentals of oral and written Danish, including introductory study of literature, film, and other authentic texts. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: DANISH 102. Offered: Sp.
GE Requirements Met:
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated:
February 23, 2024 - 3:38 am