DANISH 203 A: Second-Year Danish

Spring 2023
MTWThF 11:30am - 12:20pm / SAV 138
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DAN 203 - Spring 2023
Second Year Danish

Meeting times: M-F. 11.30 – 12.20am

Location: SAV. 138
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Morten Bøje Stensgaard Larsen, Visiting Lecturer of Danish

Office: Raitt Hall 305V

Office hours: By appointment

Email: mbsl@uw.edu


DAN 203 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.  

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 203 (with the option to earn Credit by Examination).  Please contact Professor Marianne Stecher-Hansen (marianne@uw.edu) if you have any questions about enrollment in Danish language classes at the UW. 


DAN 203 Course description:  Velkommen til dansk (Welcome to Danish)!  DANISH 203 is the third 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. Besides a required textbook, authentic Danish materials will also be included in course. 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 actively during class sessions.

Student Learning Goals for DAN 201-202-203

  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 3 (Praxis)                                               

This hyperlink shows a copy of the text book: https://praxis.dk/puls-2-grundbog-3-udg

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: PULS 3 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.



  • Introduction to Danish cinema


  • Kapitel 1


  • Kapitel 1
  • Skriv en ansøgning til et job i Danmark.


  • Kapitel 2
  • Se ”Drømmen” af Niels Arden Oplev (link kommer på Canvans)
    • Skriv en anmedelse (review) på 300-400 ord.


  • Kapitel 2


  • Kapitel 2


  • Kapitel 3


  • Kapitel 3
  • Thursday: Artic Symposium at Burke, 5-8pm
    Friday: Joint visit from Martin Breum and Jessie Kleemann, 9:30 – 10:30 (location TBA)


  • Kapitel 3


  • Kapitel 4
  • Oplæg om et af PULS-bogens emner eller om noget nyt indenfor det, du studerer ud over dansk.


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.  

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/). 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/).


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


For news about Denmark in English, visit: https://www.thelocal.dk/Links to an external site.Links to an external site.


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.Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: DANISH 202.
GE Requirements Met:
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated:
February 25, 2024 - 12:02 am