The classes are held at the Scandinavian School, 20 Woodside Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127. The semester consists of 8 weekly lessons – each lesson an hour and a half long. The cost is $300 per session. There is also a one time registration fee of $25 for first time students. There is also and approximate material fee of $40 for te beginner classes and $70 for the intermediate classes. The materials can be used for multiple classes.
Level Day Time Start Teacher
Beginner1 Mon 6:00-7:30pm April 14 Pernille
Beginner2 Mon 7:40-9:10pm April 14 Pernille
Intermediate Wed 6:00-7:30pm TBC
Intermediate2 Wed 7:40-9:10pm TBC
Each year we have four semesters: two in the spring and two in the fall. You sign up for one semester (8 classes) at a time.
Classes are small (typically 8 students) which gives us lots of time for individual attention. There will be different textbooks for different classes, and articles from newspapers and magazines, song texts, music, picture collages, video clips, audio tapes, etc. will also be part of a fun and engaging curriculum in all classes.
The conversation class is a new class that we are offering for 8 weeks this fall. This class focuses on Danish conversation and is open to everyone who has already taken Beginner 1 and is enrolled in Beginner 2 or a higher level of Danish.This class is a good supplement to all other level classes and will be running parallel with Beginner 2 class on Monday nights.
This is a class for the student with no prior knowledge of the language. We will focus on basic Danish grammar and sentence structure and gradually build up our vocabulary.
Sign up for Pernille´s class for Beginners 1:
This class is targeting students with at least 8 classes of Beginner or a very basic knowledge of Danish grammar and sentence structure. (The class follows the text book “Colloquial Danish” and will continue the curriculum from Chapter 6). We gradually build up our vocabulary and speak Danish. The focus is on practicing face-to-face communication in typical everyday situations. We read and write short texts and will also train our capabilities deciphering Danish through songs and taped conversations.
Sign up for Pernille´s class for Beginners 2:
In this class, students read and write essays while practicing more conversation through role plays, interview and listening exercises. We still talk about grammar and vocabulary, but we also begin to create scenarios in which we can talk about more complex topics. Grammatical issues will still be explained in English, but we try to keep much of the class in Danish. The main textbook used will be “Mellem Linjerne”
Intermediate 2 is for the student who has taken at least one Intermediate 1 semester (8 classes) or has equivalent experience. We continue the curriculum from Intermediate 1 but move into new textbook material, using “Pæredansk” as our core curriculum. Emphasis is on speaking Danish as much as possible in class but grammar and more complex topics will still be explained in English.
In the advanced class, the spoken language will primarily be Danish and emphasis is on conversation. This is not (necessarily) a class for students almost fluent in Danish, but as the class is conducted mainly in Danish, students should be able to interact with the teacher and the other students in Danish. Grammar exercises will be tailored to the most common problems in student essays.
Beginning and intermediate students will be using the text book Colloquial Danish by W. Glyn Jones and Kirsten Gade available at Amazon or through your book store (please get second edition published in 2003 or a newer version).
If the above schedule does not fit your calendar, or if you prefer one-on-one tutoring, we offer private lessons at $50/hour.
Pernille Oland lived in Denmark until she moved to SF almost a decade ago. She lives with her Danish husband and their two girls. Before moving to San Francisco, Pernille worked as a certified SAP consultant in the IT department of a large real estate company. She also served as an instructor, teaching the employees how to use SAP as well as Windows XP and Office. Now she works at CPMC where she teaches IRBNet.