This course introduces you to Danish language and culture, including important aspects of Danish history in combination with a focus on modern Danish society. You learn to speak and understand Danish through pronunciation practice and conversations inside and outside of the classroom. You learn enough language to feel comfortable living in Copenhagen, and gain sufficient knowledge about Danish history and culture to qualify as an interesting conversation partner to your Danish friends or family.
Janne Knutzen is a M.A. in Danish and B.A. in Linguistics from Copenhagen University, 2013. Janne has extensive experience in teaching from her work as a language teacher at Copenhagen Language Center (2012-2019), and danish teacher at KBH Syd (2019-2021). With DIS since 2021
Mika Sun Black holds a Master of Arts in Danish with elective studies in Education from Copenhagen University. In addition, she has completed a Master’s Programme in Teaching Danish as a Second and Foreign Language to Adults and Adolescents. Furthermore, she has published two educational books about Danish grammar.
Cand. mag. in Nordic Literature and French, University of Copenhagen. BA studies in French Literature, Paul Valéry University, Montpellier, France. Vice Consul at the Royal Danish Consulate of Ethiopia (2000). Educator at Novo Nordisk and Mærsk (>2006). Areas of specialization: Memory studies, postcolonial studies and civic education. With DIS since 2006.
Master of Danish as a second language, (Danish University of Education, 2002). With DIS since 2002.
. (History of Literature, Modern Culture and Philosophy, University of Aarhus, 2003). Former editor of Lettre . With DIS since 2013.
M.A. (Russian Language & Culture and Danish Language & Literature, University of Copenhagen, 2006). Lecturer at Sisimiut Gymnasium, 2014, Copenhagen Adult Educational Center (KVUC), 2014-2015, and teacher of Danish Language and Culture to Foreigners at Language Center Nordsjælland, 2015. Lecturer of Danish Film History at Workers' Educational Association (AOF), 2014-present, and at Nordisk Film, 2015 - present. With DIS since 2016.
Cand.merc.int. (Intercultural Management, Copenhagen Business School, 2005). B.A. (European Business and French, Manchester Metropolitan University, Université Blaise Pascal, 2000). Project Coordinator, Danish Refugee Council, 2010. Ethics Officer, Borealis, Bruxelles, 2006-2007. With DIS since 2009.
M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen (2013). BA studies in European Literature, Film and Philosophy, UCL, London, UK. Birgitte has previously worked with cultural journalism and publishing and done editorial work for Gyldendal (2009-14) and Litteraturnu.dk (2009-2017). Areas of Interest: Comparative literature (19th-20th century British, Francophone and German literature); Critical and Cultural Theory; Postcolonial Studies; Literary Geography; Medical Humanities/Narrative Medicine. With DIS since 2015.
M.A. (Danish as Second Language, University of Copenhagen, 2014). Cand.Mag. (Danish, University of Copenhagen, 2007). Cellist, Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, 1988. Research focus includes Danish literature, youth novels from 1930-1960, and music and language acquisition. Editor for Society for Danish Language and Literature. Teacher at Copenhagen Language Center and Hvidovre School of Music. With DIS since 2015.
M.A. (Language and Communication, Copenhagen Business School). Studied in French at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne, France. Master’s program in Teaching Language for Adults, Aarhus University. Teacher of Danish language and culture since 2009. Background in international marketing with Carlsberg, the pharmaceutical industry, and international advertising agencies. With DIS since 2015.
Cand.phil. (Czech and European Studies, University of Aarhus, 2003). Teacher of Czech, 1995-99. Teacher of Danish to foreigners since 2000. With DIS since 2005.
Cand.mag. (French and Spanish, University of Southern Denmark, 1999). Studied in French at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France. Teacher of Danish language, culture, and history to foreigners at the University of Southern Denmark. With DIS since 2006.
M.A. (English & Drama, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and King´s College London, 2001). Lecturer at Academy of Modern Circus, 2006-2011. External lecturer at University of Copenhagen, Art Schools and High Schools, 2013-2017. Worked as Instructor and Dramaturg on various projects since 2004. With DIS since 2017.
Cand.phil. (Scandinavian Philology). External lecturer, Literary Theory and Literary Analysis: Theory of Science and Mythology, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, 1993-present. Teacher of Danish to foreigners since 1987. With DIS since 2013.
MA (Russian Language and Literature, University of Copenhagen, 2012). Teacher of Danish Language and Literature, Saint Petersburg University of Telecommunication, 2006. Assistant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of European Neighborhood and Russia, 2006-2009. With DIS since 2008.
Ph.D. (Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen, 2017). Postdoc (w. diploma in educational theory and practice) and lecturer, University of Copenhagen, 2010-2018. Research stay at UC Berkeley, 2011-2012. Emphasis in research on relations – past and present – between literature, philosophy, politics, gender, and the making of identity and community. With DIS since 2018.
Cand.mag. et art. (Danish, English, History of Art, University of Copenhagen, 1983 and 2002). Teacher of Danish to foreigners since 1979. Program director of Danish Language and Culture at DIS 2004-2017. With DIS since 1983.
Cand.ling.merc in German (Århus University, School of Business and Social Sciences, 1998). Degree in English (University of Southern Denmark, 1994). Master’s programme in Teaching Danish as Second Language for Adults (University of Copenhagen, 2009). Teacher of Danish to foreigners since 2002. Own link2danish offering courses in Danish language and culture to private organizations since 2011. With DIS since 2012.