DANISH 202 A: Second-Year Danish

Winter 2024
MW 11:30am - 12:20pm / SIG 227
TThF 11:30am - 12:20pm / SIG 229
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DAN 202 - Winter 2024
Second Year Danish

Meeting times: M-F. 10.30 – 11.20am


M, W: SIG 227

T, Th, F: SIG 229


Morten Bøje Stensgaard Larsen, Visiting Lecturer of Danish

Office: Raitt Hall 305X

Office hours: By appointment

Email: mbsl@uw.edu


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.  

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).


DAN 202 Course description:  Velkommen til dansk (Welcome to Danish)!  DANISH 202 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. 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 201-201-203

  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 (Praxis)                                               

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


Textbook supplements: PULS 2 has a wide range of online audio files and assignments, which can be accessed through this link: https://extra.praxis.dk/course/QS7w-puls-2


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.


Lesson plan: See Modules

For leisure activities:



Evaluation criteria: Participation, Assignments, Assessments

20% Weekly Journals. The weekly journal is your personal learning tracker. Here, you have the opportunity to reflect upon the lessons and synthesize new vocabulary and phrases.

30% In-class Participation. Regaularly participation in class is key is succeed in this course. This means showing up prepared, engage in class activities and conversations as well as asking questions during class. 

30% other written assignments. During the quarter 3-4 written assignments will be assigned to you.

20% final project. At the end of the quarter you will get a change to demonstrate your language skills by creating 


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/).


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

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. Second in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: DANISH 201.
GE Requirements Met:
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated:
June 22, 2024 - 8:26 pm